DIY Raised Planter Box with Hidden Drainage | How to Build

What’s up guys! I’m Brad Rodriguez from Fix This Build That and today I’m going to show you how to.


What’s up guys! I’m Brad Rodriguez from Fix This Build That and today I’m going to show you how to make a planter box with a cool hidden Drainage feature and I’m also going to show you how to remove dents from wood with a clothes iron stay tuned I’ll show you just how I did it The planter box is made entirely from cedar 1x4s I love the look of cedar for outdoor projects, but it has a lot of color variation So before you start cutting it’s a good idea to lay out the pieces and think about how to use the dark and lighter boards I started off by making the leg assemblies each leg is made from two 1 by 4’s joined at a right angle I cut all eight leg parts to the same length But since I’m using a butt joint to join the legs together One side of the leg assembly would be 3/4 of an inch wider than the other without any modification So I cut 3/4 of an inch off the width of 4 of the leg parts and now each side of the assembled leg will be 3 and a half inches wide Other than the color variation another problem with cedar is it tends to have a lot of knots And some of my boards had loose knots which would fall out later So I mixed up some five men in epoxy and applied it liberally to any loose knots to hold them in place I’ll be joining the legs together with a combination of pocketable. Joinery and glue on an unpainted piece I always hide the pocket hole joints. So I only made holes where they would be covered by the legs or the lower shelf to assemble I put glue on the edge of the narrow piece and Clamped it to the full size leg part and secured it with exterior pocket screws To get a good bond in the large gap between pocket screws I used a small F clamp to clamp the parts together while the glue dry. I repeated this process for all four legs and set them aside to dry Then I moved on to cutting the front back inside boards. And here’s where the color planning really comes into play I laid out my cuts. So I would get two fronts and four sides from the same 12 foot board So the color would wrap consistently around the box. I cut the long boards first from each 12-footer Then I moved my stop block in and cut the shorter side boards I think keeping track of the cuts in the board layout here really makes a difference in the final product To add a little detail to the planter box I put a small champ on the edge of each of the boards that make up the box And since I’m not gluing the boards together into a panel This will also help hide any gaps between the boards as they expand and contract with humidity Before heading back inside for assembly. I sanded everything to 150 grit, so it’ll be ready for finish after its assembled Back inside I laid out the boards for each panel You can see here the design I went for alternating between dark and light boards for a racing stripe look I laid two of the leg assemblies out and use side pieces at the top and bottom as spacers to make sure everything was parallel Then I put down a nice bead of glue where the boards would go and attach the side panels one by one with exterior screws I repeated this process on the other side and I had my two side panels done To join the sides together I clamped down a scrap of plywood to my bench as a straight edge for reference Then I butted the sides up against it and laid down some glue and put the top and bottom boards in place It was a bit tricky here to keep everything aligned So I used a long clamp on the top and the bottom of the panel to position them in place Then I attached them with one and a quarter inch exterior screws like the side To finish off the other side I flip the assembly over and repeated the process Making sure my boards were laid out with the right color combination. I Went back to the miter saw and I cut boards to the size for the lower stretchers and for the front and back battens Each of these pieces is gonna be one and a half inches wide. So I cut them to size on the table saw I laid out the position for the lower shelf stretchers and glued and screwed them to the legs on each side And while the planer box was still on its side I attached the front and back battens. I centered each batten then secured it to the top and bottom boards with screws Then I put a screw in each of the other boards to hold them all flush in the same plane Next step I cut all the parts for the lower shelf. The shelf needs eight slats all the same size along the bottom To keep the slat edges from chipping and to add a little bit more detail I put a small chamfer on the top edges of each board and when routing all the edges of a board do the ingrain first and then the long sides and The ends are more prone to tear out in a second pass on the sides will help clean up any tear out that does happen I’ll be screwing down the slats to the stretchers So I pre-drilled holes on the ends of each board to get consistent spacing in a nice clean look Which you guys know that I love I used a little plastic cabinet hardware mounting jig and drilled an extra hole in it It worked great it gave me exactly repeatable holes. Yay OCD, I want to thank RIDGID for sponsoring today’s video and for being a longtime sponsor of my channel You’ll see me using a variety of their tools in this video and all my videos and they’ve really done a great job of extending Their 18 volt cordless lineup with tools like the cordless router and the cordless sander you seen here I’ll have a link down below in the description where you can see all the latest Promotions that Ridgid has going on and check out their full lineup Next up I cut the parts for the top frame. It’s a simple mitered frame from full-size one by fours I started by cutting one of the shorter parts the size cutting minors on each end Now I used that part to mark the cut for the second short piece to get it to the same length For the long frame parts I got a little smarter and I made a 45 cut on the end of two boards Then I stacked them together and cut the other ends at the same time. This made getting them the same length a lot easier To give the miter joints a little reinforcement. I drilled pocket holes on the underside of each end of the short pieces For assembly I laid out the parts upside down to my bench and applied a liberal amount of glue to the short boards I used a band clamp to pull everything together and Reference to each of the corners with a machinist square before screwing them together with pocket screws Okay, be honest who realized that the planner in the thumbnail had a four board front panel versus the five board panel You see here well this was the exact moment that I decided the look of the planer was off The fifth board made it look way too chunky in the drainage system that I was gonna use I didn’t need the extra space for anymore So I swallowed my pride and I took a lesson in failure and setbacks Luckily, I’d not glue the pieces together as a panel So I was able to use a flush cut saw and remove that bottom board pretty quickly Unfortunately, the ends were still glued and it took quite a bit of time and persuasion to remove those little bits with a chisel I’m glad I did this in the end because it looks a lot cleaner in my opinion after all the struggle the assembly and the disassembly some of the parts had a few bumps and bruises on the planner and Whether you hit your board with a screwdriver a drill or hammer, you can likely remove those dents and marks All you need is a damp towel or rag in a clothes iron? lay the wet rag right over the dents and put the hot iron on top of it and the steam penetrates the wood and Expands the crush wood fibers if the fibers have been severed it won’t work as well But you can see here after sanding. It really turns out nice and you can’t even see some of these dents The last piece of the planer box was the bottom and the hidden drainage system The bottom is split into two sides and I cut four cleats to hold the bottom slats. I laid out marks for the cleat So that they had a half-inch slope from the outside to the middle of the planer box Then I pre-drilled each cleat and secured them to the sides and screws For the bottom. I used the worst of the boards that had picked up from the lumberyard I cut them all to size pre-drill the hole in each of them and then laid them into the planer on top of the cleats Now the heart of the drainage system is this 2 by 3 inch section of PVC downspout? I Positioned the inner board so that the downspout just fit between them Then I just evenly spaced out the rest of the boards and secured them to the cleats as well To keep the bottom shelf clean and dry the spout will extend out of the back of the planer and drain the water safely away from the shelf. I marked off some lines on the PVC that would let the spouts stick out past the planner Then I just cut that section out using some tin snips. Now jigsaw or band saw or dremel tool would also do this easily. With a notch cut out I could mark the top of the pipe for a sloped cut to allow the water to run off I cut it in at an angle and I had the base of my drainage ready But before I attached it in place, I want to apply my finish can’t attach the top frame. I forgot to cut pocket holes in the top of the panels earlier So I had to use my job max right angle attachment to get the job done It worked but doing poor hand would have been a lot easier for The finish on the planner I brushed on two heavy coats of spar urethane And I really love how the spar brings out the warm tones of cedar and it protects really well outdoors When the finish was dry, I went back and installed the hidden drainage I just pre drilled some holes in the downspout and attached it to the sides of the bottom boards I’ll show you how this works after I install the liners Before putting in the liners though. I installed the top with pocket screws in those holes that I just drilled earlier Now the last part of the drainage system is a combination of the landscape fabric and some plastic sheeting I started by covering the bottom with a layer of landscape fabric Stapling it in place and I made a little trough right above the downspout The fabric is just to keep the soil from getting out and into the drain and clogging it up But the main part of the planter liner is this black plastic sheeting The plastic liner will keep the moisture off of the cedar and it’s gonna let your planner last for a long time It will also collect and direct all the extra water down to the middle of the planner where it can go into the downspout to Let the water escape I poked four large holes in the plastic right above the downspout using a dowel that I sharpened on a sander You can poke holes with anything. You just need to give the water somewhere to escape So, of course I had to test out my contraption to see if it really worked so I poured some water into the planner and It drained right out the bag just like I’d planned This worked out really cool and it’s a great option to keep that bottom shelf dry and clean We took the planer out to the yard to get some good pictures of it My boys helped me fill it up with soil and plants This could be a great Father’s Day project to do with your kids and use the planter box to garden with your family We plan on growing some herbs and veggies blame the kids care for them and learn about gardening and growing your own food It’s gonna be a fun little activity to do together as a family If you want to build your own planter box Ridgid is actually gifting the plans to you between now and the end of Father’s Day 2018 check the description below they’ll have all the details there if you’re not subscribed to the channel already I’d love to have you as part of the team and until next time guys get out there and build something awesome

100 thoughts on “DIY Raised Planter Box with Hidden Drainage | How to Build”

  1. My mom was just talking about needing a planter to grow her bell peppers and this is perfect. Plus free plans! Today canโ€™t get any better!

  2. Great! As always! I like the effect, that i actually do not need a planter Box, but in the way you Work it out, is much more Tipps and tricks for other things…….

  3. Brad Brad the family man. Love it bro…and creating something that both you and your kids can spend time with is absolutely the best life can give you. Gave me a good smile at the end. Happy father's day and great project.

  4. Yay OCD! Lol. Great video and well put together. I love this item and may have to build a few. If I do Iโ€™ll tag you on IG. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I get so excited when a new video pops up!!! My mother is going to love this. I've done a planter box around our standing bird feeder and a garden bridge. She just keeps adding to the list thanks to you Brad! Awesome job! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. This has to be the best planter box on the internet. I like the look of the wood coupled with the functionality of the drain so your plants don't drown. Thanks for the upload!

  7. I donโ€™t see any free plans. I see plans for $9 on your site after clicking get plans. I didnโ€™t see plan on Rigid site either.

  8. Hey Brad, great and informative video! I would suggest to adjust the lighting for your intros though. If you had something to bounce the light to give it more fill on your face, it would look a lot better. Even having a white board in front of you, it would make a big difference. Feel free to message me if you have any questions or want to bounce any ideas off me. Have a good one!

  9. Great , You could improve the design with a double bottom that hides a.water reservoir making the box self watering, You will need an ยซirrigation clothยป (?) to transport water up to the roots.

  10. Great build! Excellent video content and construction! I appreciate the free plans.
    Happy June and Happy Fathers Day!

  11. Brad, great job as always! You should really think about reaching out to more YouTubers such as Bob from ILikeToMakeStuff! It would really be beneficial for your channel and really get you out there. Good luck on your career! ๐Ÿ‘

  12. Impressive production and techniques, wow. This would be awesome filled with ice and a bunch of cold drinks sticking out!

  13. On the patio I have six very large planters where I did something similar to this. I lined each with a plastic tarp stapled in place around the top, just like you have the plastic sheeting. The tarps are reinforced with fabric which I thought would be good as my planters are larger than the one in the video. Then I have an 1 1/4" plastic pipe sealed into the tarp that carries the water away so it doesn't land on the patio ( you can't ordinarily see the back of my planters) The planter is then filled with a layer of drain rocks which is separated from the earth above it with a layer of landscaping fabric. That way the earth doesn't clog up the drain rock. It may be overkill but it works great. I keep thinking that I ought to make a video of how it's made and how the pipe is sealed to the tarp etc.

    Great job with yours BTW!

  14. I made a smaller version of this for my wife… she showed her friends and now i have at least 15 orders of this planter box. A little extra money never hurts. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  15. what kinda of plastic did you use for the liner? not the weed barrier but the actual black plastic. I'm having a hard time finding it in the store.

  16. So awesome! You made that look easy lol but i will still attempt to build one! thank youuu for this!

  17. You put the pocket screws on the wrong side of the legs. They will not hold very well as they have very little wood to grab.

  18. awesome build, i wonder if u can improve the hidden drainage by running it towards one side hidden down through one of the feet, i think that would be better ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. yeah that spar urethane makes it nice but if you plan on putting veggies of herb in your planter you should use it.
    that stuff is super toxic

  20. I liked that . Chamfers make a nice piece great. I always route edges…. chamfers, round overs, beads… I think I'll make one. Thanks….

  21. You guys who have a nice space to enjoy projects like this should NEVER take it for granted. What I would give to have work area like this….Great video ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Ok so I bought my wood…..any chance I can use your workshop? Seriously though, very nice end product ๐Ÿ‘

  23. Very nice craftsmanship. I like your drainage idea. Keeping the water off the wood makes the planter last much longer. Thanks for sharing this video.

  24. This tutorial is just a commercial to sell tools. No practical advice for making a simple planters. Overcomplicated.

  25. Gorgeous box! man you did a good job and made it look easy. Nice, I hope mine comes out half as nice, I'm building one this weekend with my wife ๐Ÿ˜‰

  26. Oh that is NEAT, wish lumber wasn't so spendy here (a 4×4 sheet of 3/8 standard ply is $50 here) cedar looks great but also spendy.

  27. I just built one of these with my girlfriend. Sheโ€™s been planting so much, I modified the dimensions to make it bigger and since itโ€™s going on our balcony with minimal drainage, I added a bucket/tray holder for the water to drain into and not get all over our floor.

  28. What you do with these projects do you sell them . Please include the pricing also to find out if buying ready planter is better than to build

  29. Best planter box yet …..well done ! I'll be doing this but using Domino's rather than pocket hole screws.

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