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Attaching Side Panels
1. Stand two frames on their sides and apply a bead of wood glue to inside face of bottom side frames (the long sides).
2. Attach four side panels to each long side, smooth sides out, and nail from inside to hold them in place. Make sure frames are flush with panel ends on at least one side, or bottom panels won't fit properly. If panels are jagged on other side, you can always smooth them with a trim saw later.
Tip: Because you're nailing from inside, you may have to drive nails at a slight angle. The advantage of this is that it conceals nailheads from exterior face of window box.
3. Repeat step 2 on other side of box.
Attaching End Panels
1. Stand half-completed box on its end and apply a bead of wood glue to inside face of bottom end frames.
2. Attach two panels to each end in same manner that you used to attach side panels, once again ensuring that ends are flush on bottom.
3. Repeat process on opposite end.
Attaching Bottom Panels
1. Check and if necessary adjust your box for square.
2. Attach three bottom panels to form base of planter box, using wood glue and screws. The base will reinforce and brace box.
3. Drill several holes in panels so that water can escape, or simply leave a gap between panels.
Lightly sand any rough edges and corners to smooth out splinters. Now it's time to feel, smell, kiss and hug your new planter box, because it looks so good – and you did it yourself!
If you wish, you can stain, seal or prime and paint your planter to suit your home's decor. Because you used cedar, however, it can stay unfinished: cedar is one of best lumbers you can use for exterior applications.
This planter is a good size for potted plants, but you may wish to add a plastic liner and fill it with soil (add a layer of gravel first). If you do, don't forget to cut holes in liner to line up with drainage holes in bottom of planter.
Courtesy: Cedar Creek Woodshop http://www.cedarcreekwoodshop.com