One Window Box, Three Ways

With one simple box, you can add three great finishes.
Getting Started

What you'll need

Each of our three variations can be built with a collection of common tools:

  • Circular or table saw
  • Power drill
  • 1/2-inch drill bit
  • Countersink bit
  • #2 Phillips drive bit
  • Hammer
  • A small square
  • Measuring tape
  • Miter box for making 45-degree cuts
  • Nail set (for Picket Fence box)

Materials List

  • Redwood, cedar, or other rot-resistant lumber (see Note below)
  • 3/4-inch square stock of rot-resistant wood for inside braces
  • Decorative trim and/or molding
  • Medium-grit sandpaper
  • Water-resistant glue or construction adhesive
  • Exterior caulk
  • Sixteen or more 1-1/4-inch deck screws
  • Sixteen or more 2-1/2-inch deck screws
  • 4d finishing nails for attaching 1x2
  • 1-inch brads
  • Oil-base primer
  • Exterior latex or oil-base paint in choice of color(s)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint thinner
  • Metal braces
  • Exterior surfacing compound

For wooden brackets

Twenty-four 2-inch deck screws

2x2 or 1x1 lumber

For Pickets

1 1/2x1/4-inch redwood lattice or flats

Additional 1-inch brads


Metal braces

Note: Pressure-treated wood is probably not a good choice for this project because of its tendency to warp. Also, if you're using cedar, it measures differently from other lumbers, so instead of using a standard 1x2 for the trim on the top of the box, you'll need to rip a 1x3 to 1 1/2 inches wide.

Continued on page 2:  The Basic Box