My wife and I walked past some wooden sheep troughs in a field down the lane from our house and my first instructable was born! She liked the shape of them and decided they would make great planters. However they are in use so I decided to make some from old pallets outside our house that are waiting for the farmer to burn. here goes...
Step 1: Source your wood
First source your wood as you are using reclaimed timber its best to do this first then design the planter around it.
Remove all the old nails and other rubbish from your timber. This is 2 pallets dis - assembled the individual pieces here measure 1270mm x 75mm x 15mm.
Step 2: Design your planter
The original troughs I saw taper to the bottom - I suppose so that the sheep can get to all the feed and it does not get stuck in the corners - so my design follows this.
The troughs measure 1270mm x 250mm x 245mm see sketchup diagram.
Step 3: Cutting list
I always find it best to cut everything in one go and then assemble your piece.
first the easy cut put 8 lengths to one side _ easy! piece A
cut 8 lengths @ 225mm - these form the internal straps piece B
cut 6 lengths @ 250mm - these form the end. piece C
cut 3 lengths 150mm - these form the feet. piece D