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      This is a wonderful way to show your summer flowers around your deck. These planters are easy to build and can be made from scrap wood. Like many of our projects you easily make them to fit your situation. We made our planter to fit a long narrow plastic planter and go over a 2" X 6" deck rail. You can make yours to fit any size planter or make it a planter all by its self.
Deck Rail Planter

Here's what you'll need:

  • 3/4" X 6" X 25" cedar fencing scraps.
  • 2" X 2", 12" long
  • Glue
  • Nails
Cut the following pieces:

Sides (2) 3" X 25"
Sides (2) 3 1/2" X 25"
Bottom (3) 2 1/2" X 24"
Ends (2) 8" X 5 1/4"
Spacers (4) 1 1/4" X 1 1/2"

Glue and nail the 3" top sides flush to the top of the outside of the end pieces.
Glue and nail the 3 1/2" sides 1/4" below the top sides. The overhang is what holds the planter on the rail.

Bottom Detail

Glue and nail the bottom pieces 1/2" above the bottoms of the end pieces. This is to hold the bottom of the planter up off the deck rail to help prevent water entrapment and rot.
Glue and nail the spacers near each end of the bottom sides. This will center the planter on the deck rail.
If you are going to put dirt into the planter then make the bottom pieces a little larger so there is less space between them. You want the water to run out so the roots of the plants don't rot. You'll also want to put a solid piece on each side.
You can also put a cap around the planter to give it a little more character.
Have fun with this project and happy planting.

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