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Building a Deck Bench with Planters

This DIY Basic will provide tips on building a deck bench with planters.

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Step 1: Watch an Overview Video

Step 2: Gather Your Materials and Tools

Materials and Tools:

1x6 pressure-treated boards
1/2 pint oil-based stain or paint
finishing nails
3-inch deck screws
biscuit cutter
2x2 cleats
power drill with wood bit
hammer
measuring tape
pencil
circular or table saw
carpenter’s square
angled brush
dust mask
safety goggles
hearing protection

Step 3: Build the Planter Boxes

This decorative bench comes with a built-in garden.

Using a circular or table saw, cut 1x6 boards into 15-inch slats.

Use a biscuit cutter for sturdy joints. Glue secures the boards.

Cleats in the corners will give added support.

Secure sides and bottom.

Spaces in the bottom allow for water drainage.

Step 4: Add the Bench Seat and Stain

Use a 2 x 4 to support the seat.

Use 2 x 4s, also, to frame the seat.

Nail and glue the slats crosswise.

Tip: You can sand off any excess glue.

To raise the planters off the deck, add pressure-treated feet.

To protect the bench from weather, apply exterior stain.

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