How to Build a Garden Pond and Deck

Plans for a rectangular reflecting pond with ground-level boardwalk.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Miter saw
  • Cordless drill
  • Circular saw
  • Caulk gun
  • Screw gun
  • Biscuit joiner
  • Chalk line
  • Level
  • Drill bit set
  • Hearing protection
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Safety glasses
  • Spade
  • Speed square
  • Utility knife
  • Tool belt

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Garden hose
  • Landscaping paint
  • Biofilter
  • Pond liner
  • 2x6 8' (2)
  • 2x6 10' (1 )
  • 2x4 10' (6)
  • 2x4 8' (2)
  • 2x4 10' (1)
  • 2x4 8' (15)
  • 3/4" plywood 4x8 (3)
  • 3/4" gravel (2.5 yds.)
  • Sand (5 yds.)
  • 2 x 2 stakes
  • Decking 5/4 x 6 8' (23)
  • Galv. 16d box nails (2 lbs.)
  • 3" deck screws (2 lbs.)
  • 2" deck screws (1 lb.)
  • 1/4 x 3" lag screws with washers (40)
  • EB-TY deck fasteners (200)
  • No. 20 biscuit slots
  • Side grade beams (treated) 4x4 12' (2)
  • End grade beams (treated) 4x4 8' (2)
  • Side pond ledgers (treated) 2x4 10' (2)
  • End pond ledgers (treated) 2x4 10' (1)
  • Outrigger joists (treated) 2x4 10' (2)
  • Side grade beam ledgers (treated) 2x6 12' (2)
  • End grade beam ledgers (treated) 2x6 10' (2)
  • Access panel framing (treated) 2x2 8' (1)