My book-in-progress, “Build Stuff With Wood,” is all about projects that any beginner can build … but don’t look like they were built by a beginner. It’s actually possible to build beautiful pieces of all kinds with just a few simple tools and techniques. This versatile planter box is just one example.
Aside from the rough-sawn cedar boards, sold as fence slats at your local home center, the charm of these boxes is all about the overlapping corner joints. Like all of my favorite ideas in the book (and on this blog), it’s deceptively simple. You cut half of the boards extra long, round their corners, and then attach them in an alternating overlap that looks like old-world craftsmanship but is so much simpler.
Another thing I love is how versatile these planter boxes are. You can make them short and stand-alone, or a bit taller with a seat suspended in between. And you can finish the project in a day–quicker if you have a power saw of some kind, or slow but steady with a handsaw.