Sunday, July 30, 2023

2×5 Raised Cedar Planter

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5 ft. x 2 ft. Raised Cedar Planter

I was extremely pleased with the final product of my last raised planter build. However, the cost of the material and the hassle of having to special order and pick up the material left me thinking that there must be a simpler, more cost-efficient, and more convenient way to build a functional and attractive planter. This build is the result of the lessons learned from my last build.

Goal
Source readily available materiel from big box stores instead of having to special order.

Utilize a planter design I thought was simple yet elegant by Christopher West.

Spend the least amount possible to complete the build.

Material Source
1-in x 4-in x 10-ft Unfinished Cedar Boards - Lowe’s
Legs and core frame ripped and cut as needed.

5/8 in. x 5-1/2 in. x 6 ft. Incense Cedar Dog-Ear Wood Fence Picket - Home Depot
Planter walls and bottom and ripped to serve as lower shelf slats.

Ready Seal - Natural Cedar Exterior Wood Stain and Sealer - Ready Seal
Purchased from the friendly folks at Nielsen Building Materials, Inc. in Solvang, CA

3 in. Polyurethane Light Duty Swivel Caster with Brake - Harbor Freight Tools

Results
Handmade elevated rolling wooden planter box

Made from naturally rot-resistant cedar lumber

Ergonomic height

5’ long, 2’ wide, 11” deep

Holds just under 10 cubic feet of soil