GROW Planter Box

  • To build the project, I first had to assemble all of the materials. This began with laser cutting the maple plywood boards. There were 14 boards in total, each 10" x 32". After three hours of laser-cutting, I went out and purchased wood glue, several different types of succulents, potting soil and wood varnish. 
  • The maple plywood was untreated, but the laser-cutting process created a burned effect on the edges of the wood, which left a darker, smooth finish.
  • Wood glue was used to adhere the individual layers together. The glue dried pretty quickly, so I had to work fast while making sure the layers were as alligned as possible to create a flush exterior wall. 
  • With some help from my family, we drilled drainage holes into the base layer so excess water could drain out of the box.
  • The next step was to coat the interior and bottom of the planter with spar urethane wood varnish to protect it from soil and water. I used an exterior-grade wood varnish to prevent water damage and rotting.
  • Don't forget the back! It took three coats of wood varnish for the planter to be complelety waterproof.
  • After waiting 24 hours, the spar urethane varnish was finally dry. Time to plant.
  • The final product, a fully functional planter box!
    Final dimensions L: 30" x W: 8.5" x H: 3"