This modern version of a library box is also a planter box. The neighbors are sure to be impressed. If your house is near the school bus stop, entice the kids to read with comic books and children's classic titles.
Measure, cut and then attach the back wedge. Lay the library on its back and place a 1x4 board where there is a missing wedge. Draw on the board where you need to cut in order to fill in the gap. Use a circular or table saw to make the cuts. Attach in the same manner as the previous step.
Measure and install the frame for the living roof. Hold the 1x4 board up to the front of the box and mark where you need to cut it to create a frame around the box; make sure to account for a 3/4” overhang on each side to accommodate the side pieces. Cut two of these and two side pieces that are as long as the short sides of the library are wide (11-1/8”).
Measure, cut, and assemble the door pieces. Using a circular or table saw, rip a length of the 1x4 in half, creating two 1x2 pieces. From those, cut a frame that will fit the front of the library box. Determine the size of your cuts by holding the 1x2 pieces up to the box and marking where they lay flush with the sides. Once measured and cut, assemble your door by screwing the pieces together.
Fill all the small holes where the screws were installed with wood putty. When they’re dry, sand the entire library inside and out. Paint or stain the entire library, including the door, and inside the planter box. We used a wood-protecting stain outside and exterior-grade white paint on the inside.
Measure, cut and install the Plexiglas window inside the door frame. Lay the Plexiglas over the door frame and mark it where it needs to be trimmed. Cut the Plexiglas by first scoring it deeply on both sides with a drywall knife. Lay the edge you want to remove over the side of a table and with a forceful whack, hit it so that it breaks along your scored line. Attach it to the inside of the door frame by pinching it under large-headed screws or short screws with small washers added to them.