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Installing a planter/window box.......... the easy way

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This is another of my Reclaimed Pallet Timber projects. This is about the easiest way to install a planter or window box to other structures such as  fences, sheds, garages, and other walls, etc. This method allows easy removal and installation of the planter box when carrying out maintenance, cleaning, replanting, etc.

It is not my idea, but one that I got from a (UK) Channel 4 TV programme about rented properties back in about 1984; if you fix something to the wall of a rented property it becomes part of the fixtures and fittings. I have installed kitchen wall units in this manner, and when we left that property, to the absolute dismay and utter disgust of our then landlord (who thought he was getting the almost new kitchen wall units) only a set of timber rails were left fixed onto the wall. The most successful use of this angled rail for me, was to fit the bowl boxes to the sides of the kennels that my lurchers had, as it meant the bowl boxes could be removed on a regular basis for cleaning. I now have three planter boxes fitted to two of my IBC water tanks using this method:  http://www.instructables.com/id/Cladding-a-1000-ltr250-gallon-IBC-water-tank/ and they are currently filled with various small Alpine Succulents, Pansies, Violas, and Petunias.

I have used reclaimed pallet timbers throughout this little project, but there is no reason you cannot use better quality wood. A word of advice; if you paint these rails with gloss paint, be sure to cover the mating surfaces of the angle cuts with some tape; electrical tape, gaffer tape, duct tape, etc. as this will prevent the two painted surfaces sticking together.
 
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This technique is referred to as the "French Cleat" in the United States. I used it to affix a heavy MDF backed padded headboard to the wall above my bed. Works like a champ!
miss_eriko1 year ago
You are a genius. :-)
I needed an easy way to mount boxes made of reclaimed pallet wood to my fence so I can grow lettuce & other edibles away from the gnashing teeth of my dogs.
Cheers,
Eriko