How to Make a Chic, Modern Planter Bench
Cut the 5/4”x6”x8” boards in half (usually about 48-1/4”). From each of these boards, cut to 47-1/2” removing the factory edge. Measure in 3 feet from one end of the planter. Make a vertical line with a level starting at the top and stopping about 3 inches from the bottom. (Image 1) Attach the first 47-1/2” board with 2” screws against the surface of the planter with the long edge flush with the top of the planter and the short edge flush with the level line. Tip: Use a clamp to make sure the board stays flush while attaching. Add two more 47-1/2” boards under the first one, lining up the edges. (Image 2)
Attach the first of the seat boards in place with the long edge flush with the front of the top 47-1/2” board on the side. Screw this board into the planter top with 2” screws.
Cut two 2”x4”x17-3/4” boards. Place the boards in the planter under the first seat board, about 9 inches from both ends. Clamp the seat board to the 2”x4” boards and screw them together. (Image 3)
Place another seat board on the opposite side of the planter. Hold a 47-1/2 inch board against the outside of the planter to make sure the seat board is flush with the outside of it. Screw the seat board into the planter top. Use the clamps again to secure the seat board to the 2”x4” boards in the planter. Screw the seat board in place with 2” screws.
Add the 47-1/2” boards to the outside of the planter under the seat board in the same way as the opposite side.
Fill in the seat by attaching two more 47-1/2” boards with 2” screws flush with the outside seat boards, leaving a gap in the middle.
Rip one 47-1/2” board 3-3/4” wide. Place it in the gap and secure with 2” screws. Note: The plan should create a 3-3/4” gap, but as a precaution measure both ends of the gap before cutting for accuracy.
Add some sophistication to your garden or patio with this modern planter bench.