Planter box made out of cedar fence pickets.

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Project by truckrun posted 439 days ago 4661 views 29 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife asked me to make a planter box for our front porch. I showed her the Ice Chest/Cooler box and said imagine this wider and shallower. She like the basic idea but wanted it lower to the ground. I redesigned the box to fit her wishes and came up with the planter below. I used 6 – 1×6 x 72 cedar fence pickets to make this planter.

You can view a video of this build on my YouTube page at:

You can see the whole build on my blog at:

I also made a sketchup file of this planter box and it can be downloaded here:

-- Donald LeBlanc -

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#1 posted 439 days ago

Looks like a great conversion from the original ‘ice box’ plans. Well done!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#2 posted 439 days ago

Well done Donald, a great looking planter box. You must have earned some serious brownie points for making that for your wife….:)

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#3 posted 439 days ago

Love it! I too have done a lot of projects with cedar fence pickets. They always come out nice. The best finish I’ve found so far is WATER based outdoor spar Varathane. Good job on the planter and the cooler.

-- Tony, Colorado,

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#4 posted 439 days ago

Great job looks really nice…. Happy wife = happy life,,, or as I say more tools! LOL enjoy

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 438 days ago

Great project and the timing couldn’t be better. I have a bunch of fence pickets that I didn’t know what to do with. Now I know!

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#6 posted 438 days ago

Perfect timing as my wife wants one too and I have some cedar lying around. Perfect! Looks quick and easy!

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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#7 posted 435 days ago

Beautiful and solid planter box! I’m sure they will last long and get plenty of use. Great work!

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