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Drawing File – Plan 1

Drawing File – Plan 2
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Step 1:

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Find free pallets from Craigslist. If not available, you can purchase them locally for very little money. When searching through the pallet stack, look for the pallets with the most usable wood. The length of the slats is ~ 3 feet. The thickness varies from ½ to ¾ thick. The width of the slats can vary from 2.5 to 6 inches.

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Breaking the pallets apart takes a decent amount of work. Use a jig or circular saw to cut the ends. Pry the wood from the center support. This should give you 8 to 14 boards per pallet. Remove nails from slats.

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Before you start cutting, determine the best pieces to get the desired width (see drawing). I had multiple long pieces with cracks and/or damage down one side. I was able to cut the damage off and still have usable pieces.

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After cutting the pieces, sand them with course sandpaper to remove rough spots or major staining/paint…unless that is your desired look.

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Assemble top frame (nail & glue)

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Assemble bottom platform (nail & glue).

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Ready for next step

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Attach the sides to the top frame and bottom platform (nail & glue).

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Attach the side trim to the upper sides (nail & glue). Attach the top trim (nail & glue).

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Sand again

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Finish as desired. Version shown is finished with red oak stain and coated with an outdoor urethane.

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Finished project - project done in the winter (no plants yet)!

Step 13: Updated with Plants

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ccronkhite2 months ago
Looks great! Did you fill the planters direct with soil or do they have pots inside them?
mtairymd (author)  ccronkhite2 months ago
Thanks. There are large pots inside the boxes.
Nice planter box. You make it look so easy in your video. Thanks for sharing your plans!
mtairymd (author)  Mixed Kreations1 year ago

Thanks. I'm glad it looked easy but it really took more time than I would like to admit. I was SO tempted to go buy clean/straight wood from Home Depot after getting whacked in the head from a flying pallet board. Note that the second set of plans is for the person that would like to build the project from purchased wood.

Well it turned out really nice. I might try the plans for straight boards then. Thanks!
Mrballeng1 year ago

Very well done!

doctorkred1 year ago

Me ha gustado mucho. Una explicación sencilla pero muy fácil de entender.


I liked it. A simple but very easy to understand explanation.

Welcome to Instructables! This is your first in a series of comments. This would be a great way to fortify my garden space.