The reason so many people from so many walks of life love to undertake woodworking projects is that the outcome is satisfying, corporeal and, best of all, practical. Whether you're a beginner or an accomplished woodworker, the things that you shape out of wood will last well into the future, if you treat it well, and on top of that you'll get to save yourself from spending money on buying something that somebody else got to enjoy making.
Wooden window boxes are one of the most common projects that people undertake, not only because they have a strong aesthetic value, but also because, more often than not, one alone will not suffice. You never see a house with only one flower-filled window box, in fact most window box-wielding homes will have several on the downstairs windows and at least one or two under some of the upstairs windows.
This is what we mean when we say that wood working is an incredibly practical undertaking, and if you're going to need several for your home then learning how to make a wooden window box seems like something worth doing. Of course it goes without saying that you will need at least the most basic woodworking tools before you are able to carry out this or any other project.
Making Your Own Window Box In 10 Steps
Assuming you have already worked out how much wood you will need to create how ever many window boxes you would like, the thing that you should concern yourself with is your own safety. Gloves and protective eye-wear are essential when working with wood, as it can splinter and cause you no end of grief; best case scenario you get a little prick in your finger.
Once you have donned your protective gear, having come to your own conclusions regarding the worst case scenario of not wearing any, you can get started:
- Though you will have done this before ordering your supplies, it never hurts to measure the width of the windowsill again for the sake of clarity. The last thing you want is to finish your project and find out that it is ill-fitting.
- Taking the width of the windowsill mark it out once on to your wood, and then mark the width again plus 1.5 inches, twice. The two sides of the box will need to be square-shaped so mark them out accordingly.
- Using a hacksaw or power saw remove the excess wood and smooth the cut edges with sandpaper.
- Line up the bottom of the box's front panel with the long side of what will be the box's bottom, then taking your drill insert screws into where the two meet. Whether you're using screws or nails, you may want to mark and make small starter holes as a means of guiding you
- Once the front and bottom are attached firmly (the more screws/nails the better) it's time to connect the back of the box. Apply your wood adhesive along the bottom of the inside length and connect it to the bottom of the box. Once dry you should have a 'U' shaped frame with the front panel being set slightly higher than the back.
- It is a good idea at this point to attach a centre piece in the middle, effectively splitting the box in two. This will provide the box with much needed support, so if you have any left over material at the end you may want to consider placing more in, for additional support. These pieces should be no higher than as the back panel.
- The reason the back is lower than the front is because it needs to fit under the windowsill, and so do the sides, so before attaching the sides you need to illustrate on the wood how far the windowsill comes out and then cut it out.
- Run your wood adhesive along where you want the side panels to be slotted into the 'U' shaped frame, and slide the side piece in.
- For extra security it never hurts to drill all the pieces you have stuck together with adhesive, and insert a screw or two for good measure. The holes can then be easily filled.
- Lastly all you need to do is drill a few holes in the bottom of your wooden window box for drainage and you're done.
You will now have your window box. It may look quite plain, but there are many ways in which you could dress it up if you wanted to. For example, some people like to cut out shapes or patterns along the top or add some decorative mouldings; whereas others simply paint their wooden window box and then rely on the plants growing inside it to provide the real aesthetic value.