After working hard weeding, planting and watering, the last thing to do is enjoy your garden. Build a simple planter bench that fits right in with your garden’s decor.
This garden bench is easier to build than a standard bench because it skips legs in favor of two large pots. As a bonus, that also means you’ve got the room for more plants.
Just be sure to choose sturdy glazed pots that are no more than 19 inches in diameter and at least 18 inches inches tall, or about as tall as you’d like your finished bench to be.
Make a Sturdy Planter Bench
Tools and Materials:
- Eight – 5/4 x 6 x 8-foot cedar boards
- Miter saw
- Tape measure
- Drill or screwdriver
- ⅛ inch drill bit
- 76 – 2½ inch coated outdoor deck screws
- Two – 19-inch-diameter ceramic planters
- Potting soil
- Two small shrubs, bushes or trees
- Watering can or garden hose
Cut the following from eight 5/4 x 6 x 8 foot cedar boards:
- Two – 8 foot pieces
- Two – 7 foot x 11 inch pieces
- Two – 50-inch pieces
- Seven – 20 -inch pieces
- Four – 10-inch
Optionally, ask your The Home Depot lumber associate for assistance cutting the wood before taking it home.
Form a rectangular frame by using the two 7 foot x 11 inch and two of the 20-inch boards. Drill two pilot holes with a ⅛-inch drill bit, top and bottom, and secure the frame together using 2½-inch coated deck screws. Secure a 20-inch support 6 inches from each end with pilot holes and two deck screws, both top and bottom. Repeat the process, with two more supports 20 inches from those.
Add a final support in the center. A total of 28 screws will be used in this step.
Lay the frame on a level surface. Place the remaining cut pieces of wood on top, 8 foot boards for outer edges, 50-inch boards for center, and 10-inch pieces will be placed on either end. There should be two openings.
Center the pieces so they have an equal amount of overhang on each end, approximately ½-inch. Leave a ¼-inch gap between the boards. You can place a deck screw between the wood as a guide. Drill pilot holes and secure the top boards using two 2 ½-inch deck screws to each support. A total of 48 screws will be used in this step.
PLACE AND ASSEMBLE
Your bench will need to be level, so choose a location where the ground is close to level. Once you’ve found the spot, place the pots to align with the holes on the bench top. If needed, level the pots by digging out a little soil beneath them.
Place the bench top over the planters.
FILL AND PLANT
Place potting soil in the pots, and plant slim shrubs or small trees. Water well, and have a seat on your new bench.
Plant evergreen shrubs in your planter for year-round interest. Small trees can even provide shade.
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