Built-in Cedar Plant Stand
This easy-to-build deck accessory prevents runoff water from plant pots from rotting your deck boards.
Potted plants can destroy a deck in short order, because regular watering prevents the deck boards underneath from drying, leading to rot and mold. Adding a simple elevated platform allows the deck boards and framing to dry when the plants are watered.
|The first step is to cut holes for the supporting posts with an oscillating multitool. If access is limited from underneath the deck, remove an adjacent deck board for access.||The posts are secured to the deck joists with 1/2-in. lag screws, through-bolts, or structural screws. Sturdy connections are important as it’s likely somebody will sit on the stand when all the regular deck seating is filled.|
|A 2×8 subtop provides visual interest and additional strength. On this deck the posts are Douglas fir and the subtop and top are Alaskan white cedar.||A short backsplash prevents pots from falling off the backside of the stand and creates a little more visual interest. Like the top and subtop, the backsplash is fastened with corrosion-resistant structural screws.|
45° cuts on all of the corners prevents snagged clothing.