Chippendale Window Box

Nothing says summer like a gaily blossomed window box.
The Basics

Put a mixture of your favorite
flowers in this easy window box.

This box requires moderate woodworking skills. Simplify construction by leaving off the box's fretwork; instead nail three mitered strips of crown molding underneath the 1 x 2 that rests atop the box. Or simply leave off the fretwork. The materials list is based on a 5-foot-wide box. If you want a wider or narrower box, adjust the amount of lumber.

What You Need (for a 5-foot-wide box):

  • 17 feet redwood or cedar 1 x 8
  • 14 feet redwood or cedar 1 x 2
  • 30 feet door stop molding or 3/4 x 3/4-inch strips
  • Two 8 x 10 metal shelf brackets
  • Four 8-3/4-inch rust-resistant screws for attaching brackets
  • 1-1/2-inch rust-resistant finishing nails
  • 2-inch deck screws for assembling the basic box
  • Three 3-1/2-inch deck screws or lag screws for attaching the box to the building
  • Exterior oil-base primer
  • Exterior latex paint

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