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Raised Planter Bed from Pallets

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I recently saw a picture of a raised planter bed and though it was a really neat idea. I though this would be the solution for keeping rabbits out of my garden, only problem was they wanted $250 for it.

After looking at the picture for a few minutes I was able to construct it in my head, only problem was getting the wood for it would be costly. I was thinking about it while I was at work and saw a co-worker toss a pallet into a dumpster, it occurred to me that I had just found a source of free wood for this project.

It took me about 6 hours in total to build the raised planter bed and I was able to make it for about 10% of what it retailed for.
 
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Step 1: Materials and Notes

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You will need the following for this project:
  • 3 to 4 Pallets - depends on the size of the pallets, you'll also want them similar in size.
  • Hammer
  • Vice Grips
  • Pry bar/Crowbar
  • Drill
  • Staple Gun - 3/8 inch staples
  • Skill saw, jig saw, or preferably a miter saw (something that will make 90º cuts and 45º cuts)
  • Screws; I used 3 different lengths of wood screws: 1 inch, 1 1/4 inch, and 1 3/4 inch
  • Landscaping Fabric
  • Additional treated wood from a lumber store, unless you have planks that are the total length of the bed. 
Additional note:
The Pallet wood you will need to use will need to be heat treated.  All pallets will have some marking or stamp on them indicating how they have been treated.  You will need to get some that have a HT (Heat Treated) stamped on them to make this safe for uses with a garden. Steer clear of pallets with MB stamped on them, they have been treated with Methyl Bromide and can be dangerous if used for this project, since plants will be in contact with the wood and any chemicals in it.


Odd Jobs8 months ago
If you use flashing to line the inside instead of landscape cloth you can use the chemically treated wood. If you want to reuse the water put in a french drain at the bottom lined with landscape cloth and a catch basin. I like the triangular design of this box because of the easy access it affords to wheel chairs.
radiii9 months ago
Great idea! I am currently working on the three pallet planter. Looking forward to seeing the two pallet design.
tthomas1010 months ago
This is awesome!!! a lovely design! :D
mcampbell1910 months ago
Awesome! Great instruct able- and I really look forward to the modifications. I wonder how effective it would be as a greenhouse. ? I love the idea.....thanks!
elco_chan (author)  mcampbell1910 months ago
I have also come up with a different design using only 2 pallets and needs 1/4 of the amount of filler and 1/3 amount of the dirt. Only downside is it will not work well for vegetables that grow underground such as carrots and potatoes. I will have an updated version posted in a few days.
kirkb15010 months ago
Thats good to know!
mariofarrugia10 months ago
Good on you for taking the trouble to post this idea. Very good idea.
Would it be possible to incorporate some sort of drainage to catch the water you feed the plants in the planter to recycle it again and again? like maybe a drain at the bottom of your V construction to drain the unused water into a bucket?
It would be better to have some impervious material liner, to avoid the wood eventually rotting and also to more efficiently capture the water?
Thank you for your idea.
CrystalDyes10 months ago
Very nice! Sending this to my daughter for her gardening needs. She has a very large commercial greenhouse and wanted to put all beds up so she doesn't break her back working on them. Thanks much for posting this!
charlessenf-gm10 months ago
Why did you choose a v-shaped bed vs a box bed? Good question!
plyman510 months ago
Great instructable, thank you. Why did you choose a v-shaped bed vs a box bed, not quite as deep, yet with the same lining and drainage system?
Great project! Thanks for the info on how pallets are treated, I was wondering about that.
Good job differentiating acceptable pallets to use for this kind of project vs possibly harmful wood to use. I can't tell you how many times I've seen people using MB pallets and cinder blocks for food production...((shudder)). Good instructable!
Rodro22610 months ago
Congratulations!! it is beautyful. Hope new plants will grow there!
wreichardt10 months ago
Very Cool!!
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