2 (6ft) boards. (We used cedar.)
We cut one board in half to make the two long sides of the toolbox. Each board was just under three feet.
Next, cut your bottom board, subtracting the thickness of the cedar board twice.
For the ends, we cut two boards at 12 inches.
We used a miter saw to make angled cuts, but you could easily use a hand or miter saw.
We cut at 30 degree angles on each side of our (2) 12 inch end pieces.
We used a 1x2 for our handle, cut holes on each board if you want the ends of the handle to poke through. The cub scout planter uses a round large dowel for the handle.
You can either put wood screws in the end or use a large drill bit to cut circles.
To cut the handle opening, you begin with a few drill holes wide enough to maneuver your jigsaw.
Cut in an "X" shape until you carve out your rectangle.
If you use a round dowel, you can drill large holes, or use wood screws.
Pre-drill holes and use wood screws to attach box.
When picking out boards, be careful to pick flat, straight boards. Ours were a little warped and the box doesn't look as straight.
They were gorgeous on the dinner table!
We love that our toolbox planter is sturdy, contains the glass jars and water from tipping by little hands, and there's little worry about water damage.