I wanted a planter so I could grow a few vegetables - as my new garden consists of concrete and very old shrubs. They were surprisingly expensive from a well-known seed supplier. So I decided to make my own for (almost) free, starting with a pallet. This is an ideal project for a novice woodworker like me - and I think the result is amazing!
Step 1: Materials and Tools
Pallet timber - I used one smallish pallet, which yielded 9 slats, two of which had blocks attached - remove all the nails using a claw hammer
Scrap timber battens (2" by1")
Thick plastic sheet - I used two rubble sacks
Garden furniture paint or wood preservative
Pry bar (to dismantle pallet)
Claw hammer (to remove nails)
Jigsaw or handsaw
Impact driver or drill and screwdriver
Step 2: Making the Planter
The base was made from two slats which had blocks attached, I used these as feet for the planter. I put a third slat in between, then attached two battens to hold the base together (see right of first photo).
The long sides were made from two slats each, which I joined onto the corner battens first (see second photo). Then I attached the side to the base.
To make the short sides I cut two slats in half to make four short pieces. These were screwed onto the base and the corner battens. So I ended up with a rectangular box.
Step 3: Painting the Planter
I used some garden furniture paint I had around. I gave the entire box (including underneath) a coat of paint, then put a second coat on the outside and top edges. You could use wood preservative instead, but the paint made it look smart.
Step 4: Lining the Planter
I lined the planter with two opened-out rubble sacks to hold the compost and protect the wood. I used a staple gun to staple the plastic to the base and sides, then trimmed the top edge off with a craft knife. Don't forget to make some drainage holes in the base.
Step 5: The Finished Planter
Here it is, filled with compost and planted with lettuce, carrot and leek plants.