How to Build a Wooden Hexagonal Planter

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Wood planters can add a rustic look and feel to any outdoor landscaping space. Most homeowners who build wood planters opt for simple rectangular or square designs, but you don’t have to limit yourself to simple shapes. With just a bit more effort, you can build a hexagonal wood planter that will add visual interest to your outdoor space, as well as providing a functional means for containing plants along a walkway or on a deck.

Things You'll Need

  • ½-inch-thick plywood sheets
  • 1-by-2-inch lumber
  • 2-by-4-inch lumber
  • Miter saw
  • Wood screws
  • Drill
  • Wood glue
  • Carpenter’s square
  • Pencil
  • Compass
  • Draw the outline of the bottom of your planter on a sheet of ½-inch plywood. Measure and mark the length of one side along one edge of the plywood. At one end of the mark, use a compass to mark a point angled 30 degrees from the first line. Draw a line through the first point and the new compass point. Continue this process until you reach the edge of the board. The last line will end at the opposite point of the line you started with.

  • Cut six pieces of plywood the width of your planter’s sides and to the desired height of your planter. Using a miter saw, cut opposite sides of each piece inward at 30-degree angles, so that the insides of the boards are narrower than the outsides.

  • Drill pilot holes through each joint where the sides of the planter come together. Run wood glue along all joined edges. Press the sections together and fasten with wood screws. Run glue along the edges of the base and place the side assembly on the base. Prop 2-by-4-inch lumber sections to each side piece so the assembly will hold in place. Allow the wood glue to dry overnight.

  • Turn the assembly over. Drill pilot holes through the bottom along the edges. Also, drill several holes through the base to allow for water drainage. Insert wood screws through the pilot holes along the edges and fasten the base to the side assembly.

  • Cut sections of 1-by-2-inch lumber so that the ends angle in at 30 degrees. The inside of the strips will be shorter than the outside. Attach the strips along the top and bottom of the planter with wood glue. For added visual interest, add another band of 1-by-2-inch strips along the center. Paint or stain the planter as desired.

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