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Planter Box Project

This planter box (or pot plant holder) is completely held together with wire.
Construction is simply a matter of cutting the pieces, drilling the holes and threading the wire.

Note: There are lots of notes just like this one scattered throughout the instructions. They are well worth reading for their helpful hints.

The most important part of the whole project is to ensure that the pieces are cut to the right lengths, and that the holes are drilled accurately so that they all line up.

The measurements are given in both imperial (inches) and metric (mm). The imperial measurements are given first, followed by the metric measurements in brackets (). The imperial measurements are suited to North America, and the metric are suited to Australasia. The imperial measurements are not exactly equal to the equivalent metric measurements because of rounding. Use one or the other but not both.

The Components

planter box components
step 1

Cut the base board out of 3/4" (19mm) thick plywood. Make a square 12" x 12" (300mm x 300mm).

Note: If you prefer a smaller or larger planter box, then cut the base board to your preference and cut the side-pieces to suit.

Material List

Wire
(A) 1/16" (1.5mm) thick. 4 pieces at 3ft (900mm) long
Wood (side-pieces and footer)
1 1/2" x 1 1/2" (45mm x 45mm)
(B) 12 pieces at 15" (390mm) long
(C) 12 pieces at approx. 9" (210mm)
(E) 4 pieces at 9" (210mm) optional
Plywood (base)
(D) 3/4" (19mm) x 12" (300mm) square

You will also need eight 3/4" (19mm) galvanized staples to fix the wire down.
step 2

Cut the 12 longer side-pieces out of 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" (45mm x 45mm) stock.
Make them 3" (90mm) longer than the base board. This is so they overhang each end by 1 1/2" (37mm).

Note: If you cannot source 1/2" x 1 1/2" (45mm x 45mm) stock, then it's fine to use wood that is as near as you can get. It doesn't really matter.