A dull entryway or empty patio springs to life with the addition of a flower-filled planter.
Window boxes lend color and interest to lackluster windows. Such touches are easy to add to your home -- ideal projects for budding carpenters. Here are a window box and a planter designed to hold potted plants for easy cultivation and maintenance.
Measure your windows from the outside edges of the window molding to determine the length for the window box. Adapt the planter design to suit your space. Use redwood, cedar, or pressure-treated lumber.
1. Cut the pieces. Cut the 1 x 8 bottom and sides to a length equal to the width of your window, measuring from the outside edge of the trim on both sides of the window. Drill 1/2-inch weep holes every 6 inches, centered along the bottom piece.
2. Assemble. Nail the sides to the bottom, drilling pilot holes and using 6d galvanized box nails. Nail the end pieces in place, again drilling pilot holes before nailing to avoid splits.
3. Hang. Cut and nail in place the front trim and top edging. Construct two brackets out of 2 x 2. Attach them to the house so the window box is just beneath the windowsill, using 3-inch galvanized deck screws (for wood siding) or masonry screws and anchors (for brick). Set the box on the brackets and attach it with 2-inch deckscrews.
You can enlarge this design to suit your space, but add a 2 x 2 cross-brace at the bottom if you make it 3 or more feet wide. If you enlarge the box, try to do so by 7-1/2-inch increments -- the width of a 1 x 8. That will spare you having to rip the planks to size.
Choose lumber that won't rot easily; cypress, redwood, cedar, or pressure-treated stock.
1. Build the frame. Construct the framing sections of 2 x 2s and 2 x 4s. Cut the bottom and drill two rows of 1/2-inch weep holes every 6 inches. Attach the bottom to the 2 x 2 frame with 6d galvanized nails.
2. Cut the boards. Cut the side pieces to length, trimming the leg pieces at a 45-degree angle so they have 1-1/2-inch feet. Fasten the side pieces to the frame sections, keeping the bottom of the planter 3 inches from the ground.
3. Assemble. Miter the top edge pieces and nail them in place. Nail into the 2x4 framing and into the side pieces, aiming the nails at a slight inward angle.