Gardening | 22 August 2016DIY Privacy Planter Share article facebook twitter google pinterest You can have your privacy and planters too! This adorable privacy planter from Deck & Patio Furnishings will give you all the privacy you’ll need while being a gorgeous backdrop for your favorite plants and flowers. There are times that you may feel like your little piece of peace and quiet is a bit too much on display. That’s when a privacy screen is the perfect addition to a deck, patio, or balcony. In addition to privacy, a screen can protect from sun and wind. The screen shown here can do all that and more—this screen is also built to hold plants. The lattice panel is the perfect structure for climbing vines. Standard 24-inch window-box-style planters are integrated into the design. This planter is also mobile and can easily be moved wherever it is needed. Casters can be installed, or simply adding padding like carpet to the underside of the base will make the screen easier to move about. A heavier base supports a lighter, open screen, which allows wind to pass through, making it less likely to tip. But if strong winds are common in your area, consider permanently attaching the privacy planter to a structure. Using flower boxes with drip trays will help keep your deck or patio clean and free of excess water runoff. Once plants are established, you’ll have a screen that provides privacy while being a beautiful backdrop for your favorite flowers or veggies. Cutting List Key Qty Description Size A 2 Feet 3½ x 3½ x 24 in. B 4 Upright Supports 3½ x 3½ x 12 in. C 1 Cross Beam 1/1-2 x 3½ x 68 in. D 2 Uprights 1½ x 3½ x 72 in. E 1 Lintel 1/1-2 x 3½ x 82 in. F 2 Box Panels ¾ x 7¼ x 57 in. G 2 Box End Panels ¾ x 7¼ x 7¼ in. H 2 Outside Trim Strips ¾ x 1½ x 60 in. I 2 Inside Trim Strips ¾ x 1½ x 57 in. J 1 90° Lattice Panel ¾ x 48 x 55 in. Materials List Qty Description (Cedar) 2 4 x 4 in. x 8 ft. 3 2 x 4 in. x 8 ft. 4 1 x 2 in. x 8 ft. 2 1 x 8 in. x 8 ft. 1½-in. deck screws 2½-in. deck screws 6-in. deck screws 1½-in. trim head screws 2 Window-box planters Tools Drill/driver Circular saw Tape measure Clamps Square Chisel (#1) Create the feet by cutting a 4 x 4 post (we used cedar) to 24-inch lengths. Add a decorative 45-degree angled miter on each end. Cut a 3½-inch notch in the center to accept the crossbeam by first kerfing with a circular saw set at 2 inches cutting depth and then finishing the notches with a wood chisel. You’ll get faster, more accurate results if you clamp the two posts together while tooling them as one unit. (#2) Turn the pieces over for easier attaching. Lay the crossbeam top-edge down on a flat worksurface, set into the notches you cut on the feet. The beam should overhang each foot by 2½ inches. Drive 4-inch deck screws through the feet and into the crossbeam. (#3) Cut the upright supports to length and then cut a matching 45-degree miter at the top of each support. Lay a couple of pieces of 4 x 4 scrap on your worksurface to use as spacers between the upright supports. Set the supports top-end down on the worksurface and then clamp them together around each spacer. Lay the crossbeam/ foot assembly onto the ends of the supports and clamp it in place. Attach the supports to the beam by driving a 6-inch screw down through the feet and into the ends of the upright supports. Strengthen these connections with two more screws per joint. (#4) Measure the distance between the upright supports, and then transfer that dimension to the lintel (the top rail), centering it between the uprights. The lintel should overhang each upright by 11 inches. (#5) Drive 2½-inch deck screws through the lintel to the top ends of the uprights to join the parts together. Double-check to make sure the overhangs are equal. (#6) Set the upright and lintel assembly into the upright supports with the uprights between the supports, flush with the inside surfaces. Drive 2½-inch deck screws at an angle to attach them. (#7) Cut the panels for the planting box from 1 x 8 cedar. Assemble the planter box by attaching the box panels to the box panel ends with trim head screws or nails. Fit the box between them upright, then drive 1½-inch deck screws through the box panel ends into the upright supports. The crossbeam acts as a bottom for the box. (#8) Using 1½-inch deck screws, attach the outer trim strips to the uprights (see diagram, page 134, for placement). Cut a panel of lattice to size. Tack the lattice panel to the inner surfaces of the outer trim strips. Then secure it by sandwiching it between the outer trim strips and the inner strips and driving 1½-inch deck screws through the inner strips and lattice and into the outer strips. See illustration for details. Set a pair of 24-inch-wide plastic window box planters into the box for planting. Cutting Lattice Panels Lattice panels are quick and easy to use, but they typically are made with relatively flimsy strips of thin wood held together with staples, which leaves them a bit fragile. To cut a lattice panel to size without the saw vibration causing the panels to break apart, clamp the panel between two thin strips of scrap wood before cutting it, and then cut through the scraps and the lattice at the same time. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Get everything you need to know to build 25 outdoor projects, from benches to birdbaths! Deck & Patio Furnishings is a collection of easy to intermediate projects that any homeowner with basic tools can build. These practical projects for outdoor living range from seats, benches, tables, and lounges to overhead arbors, wind and sun screens, deck boxes, storage, bars, and even side tables and cooler stands. 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