House Number Cedar Planter Box
Hi Everyone! With the weather doing such a flip here in the last 2 weeks (from a crazy ice storm to 27’C) I decided that I’m going to put the Office Series on hold for the moment and concentrate on the good stuff since spring has truly arrived.. the outdoor build series! Last year I had kicked off this series with the Pallet Wood Shed & the Watering Hose Post but this year I’ll start off small for now with the House Number Cedar Planter Box.
In the last week I have been doing some big projects in my backyard and in the front of my house as it has been too nice to be cooped up inside. The other morning while doing some landscaping around the tree out front, I was looking at how faded and dingy my house number had become. They definitely needed to be re-painting as you can see.
Now that got me thinking, why not do something a little different that is more eye catching. So this is what I came up with….
Keep in mind, that you don’t have to buy new house numbers, a fresh coat of paint can give them a whole new look.
Have Fun & Happy Building!
Make sure you read through the instructions and look over the plans fully before you start your project. Check out the “Before You Start” page for more on tool information, tips & tricks. Always stay safe and wear all safety protection. It is always best to make your cuts as you go and as they say, measure twice and cut once.
If you have any questions just ask away!
2 – 1″ x 6″ x 6′ Cedar boards
1 1/4″ Brad Nails
1″ Pocket Screws
Clear Coat – For outdoor use
House Numbers – If not using existing
Landscape Fabric – Optional
Tap Cons – 1/4″ x 1 3/4″ with Hex head is what I used
Concrete bit (if its not included with Tap Cons
2 – 1″ x 6″ @36″ – BACK
2 – 1″ x 6″ @ 5 1/4″ PLANTER SIDES
1 – 1″ x 6″ @ 10 1/2″ PLANTER FRONT
1 – 1″ x 6″ @ 9 1/4″ PLANTER BOTTOM
Drill & 3/8″ Bit
Step-by-Step – Assembly
If you are going to use your existing numbers, take them down, clean them and then refresh them with a coat of spray paint.
Use the Kreg-Jig to drill 5/8″ Pocket holes into one of the BACK boards.
Using 1″ Pocket Screws and Wood glue, attach the 2 BACK boards together.
Use the Brad Nailer and 1 1/4″ Brad Nails with wood glue to attach the 2 PLANTER SIDES to the PLANTER FRONT board.
Use the same process to attach the PLANTER BOTTOM board to the FRONT & SIDE boards
Drill 3 Holes (3/8″) into the bottom of the PLanter to allow for drainage.
The planter can now be attached to the BACK boards. Use wood glue and 1 1/4″ brad nails to do so.
Give the project a good sand before you stain and apply the clear coat
Tip: Don’t forget to use the clear coat that is meant for outdoor use.
Once it has dried, lay out and attach the house numbers.
Make sure to give equal spacing in between each number.
This step is optional, but I find that it helps to :
1) Keep the dirt from going out the drainage holes
2) Keeping the Soil from making direct contact with the wood
Cut a piece of Landscape fabric and staple it to the interior of the box.
Step-by-Step – Mounting
To mount the House Number Cedar Box, I used 4 TapCons that were 1/4″ x 1 3/4″ with a Hex Head.
First, I pre-drilled 4 holes with a wood drill bit into the BACK board, one on each of the four corners.
Switching to the concrete bit I used the 4 Pre-drilled holes as a template and drilled into the Brick deep enough to allow for the length of the Tap Con
Next, hand the planter using the TapCons
Finally, you can add the soil and flowers.
Take a Step back and admire your work!
I hope you had fun will this build. Share your project and let me know how it went!