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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
measuring tape
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.