Estimated Cost: $$$$
Total: 5 Hours
The ability to grow and display plants is a perk for any outdoor space. Especially for places that are on the small end of the square-footage scale, a planter shelf system offers big impact with a minimal footprint. Vertical positioning of plant life will complement and brighten up the space.
This project includes a simple and sturdy frame composed of vertical 1x2s, extended top and bottom beams for mounting to an exterior wall (though it can also be propped against a wall), and French-cleat hanging brackets for sliding the planter boxes onto the frame. These are removable and can be rearranged as desired.
Tackle this weekend project if you're longing for some more greenery with a stylish framework.
Begin by laying out two Parts (B) and one Part (A) with its best face down. Use a layout table long enough to support the frame. Measure 3" in from the edge of Part (B) and hold Part (A) in place there.
Use a nail gun loaded with 1" nails and pin in place with one nail in the middle of Part (B). In a later step, another Part (B) is placed on top to sandwich Parts (A), and screws will be placed on either side of this nail.
Secure either end. Then, using a 1x4 ripped to a 2" width as a spacer, lay out and attach the remaining boards.
Work your way down the line until all in-between boards are secured.
Repeat these steps on the other ends of Parts (A).
Place a Part (B) on top of Parts (A) and ensure its edges are flush with its twin piece below. Clam in place and mark a line 1" from both long edges to aid in the future steps of screwing.
Make two vertical marks per 2x2 along the horizontal line.
Secure the ends of the frame with two 2" screws, working your way down the line. Repeat on the other end
To stabilize the frame, place two Parts (C) roughly equidistant from each other and the ends, clamp and secure with two 1¼" screws per 2x2 joint.
Flip the assembly over. Lay out the French cleats so that the 45-degree angle faces toward the 2x2s and is upright. Place the cleats using the French-cleat diagram found on Page 4, or use a layout of your own.
Secure each cleat with one 1 ¼" screw per joint. If you live in a particularly rainy region, place 2 screws per 2x2 joint.
Continue securing until all French cleats are in place.
Build each box by clamping three sides (2 walls and one bottom) together and using two to three 1 ⅝" screws per edge. All six boxes use two Part (D)s as their width.
Add the fourth and fifth wall to complete the box. Note that the smallest box uses four Parts (D) and a Part (O) as its bottom.
Finally, add the corresponding French cleat to the back of the box 1" from the top, with the 45-degree facing down and toward the box. Repeat Steps 13-14 until all boxes are completed. Hang boxes on planter shelves.
Ease any sharp edges using a radial sander or sanding block with medium grit. Apply preferred finish to the wood.
Lean or attach the structure to a wall using Parts (B) as a mounting plate, and place boxes on the French-cleat mounts.