If you’re someone who enjoys using fresh herbs, you understand the importance of keeping them in order and easily accessible. A fantastic way to achieve this is by constructing a wooden box specifically for storing and showcasing your herbs.
Not only will a wooden herb box provide a natural aesthetic to your kitchen or garden, but it also offers a practical and convenient solution for keeping your herbs fresh and within reach.
This blog post will walk you through the process of creating your own wooden herb box, step by step.
Regardless of your level of expertise in woodworking or DIY projects, you’ll find these directions simple to follow, and the end product will be a beautiful and practical addition to your home.
Materials And Tools Needed
- Wooden boards (preferably untreated or naturally finished)
- Wood glue
- Nails or screws
Step 1: Cut the wood
To make the herb planter, it is necessary to cut the front and back of the planter to a length of 10 inches. The bottom pieces can be cut using a miter saw, and it is recommended to cut two pieces that are 1.25 inches wide.
One piece should be set aside while the other should be cut a little shorter than 3.5 inches. For the side pieces, one needs to measure and mark 1.75 inches on one side of the cedar fence picket and set the miter saw to 33 degrees.
The saw blade should be aligned with the 1.75 inches in the back, and the second side piece should be cut to the same size at 90 degrees.
The angled piece should be aligned with the front of the box, excess should be marked, and it should be cut off using a miter saw set at 33 degrees.
Step 2: Sand the wood
You can achieve a smoother surface on your wood by sanding it with 80 or 120-grit sandpaper. The goal is not to obtain a perfectly smooth finish, but rather to remove any rough spots or imperfections on the surface of the wood.
Step 3: Assemble the box
To construct the planter box, make use of exterior wood glue and nails. It’s worth noting that if I mention nailing, it implies that you should apply glue first. The initial step involves adhering the two bottom pieces together to form a single piece.
Next, nail the back to the sides and then proceed to nail the bottom to the back. To ensure further stability, nail through the sides into the bottom. Finally, attach the front. All in all, let’s make this project a success!
Step 4: Add the fabric
To ensure the safety of the herbs and prevent soil from spilling out, it is recommended to use staples to install landscape fabric. Although the appearance of the fabric need not be perfect since it will be covered with soil, it is advisable to cut it into 10×15″ before installation.
It is important to leave space between the front and bottom of the planter to allow for drainage. However, we did not want to risk losing all the soil, hence the use of landscape fabric.