directions make a 3'x1.5' planter, about 12" deep, with handles on the
side and rails on the bottom to facilitate moving by hand or pallet
jack. The size of the planter can be easily adjusted by changing the
size and/or number of the boards to suit your needs and resources. An
11"x17" poster printed with these instructions is available here.
Tools and Materials for Planter 11 36" 1x4s
6 18" 1x4s
7 18" 2x2s
2 22" 2x2s (or 2 more 18" 2x2s)
1 lb 1.5" or 1.75" nails
6 finishing nails
Carpenters hammer Tools and Materials for Liner 2 33 gallon trash bags
3/8" staples for gun
To Make Planter Ends
Place 2 18" 2x2 under 3 18" 1x4s as shown in picture to left.
Use two nails in each end of each board
spacing nails 2" apart and 1" from top and bottom, as shown.
Repeat for other end.
To Make Planter Sides
Balance ends of planters on their sides.
Place 3 36" long 1x4s on the ends
Adjust so the ends of the sides line up with the end boards.
Nail in place as above, lining up nails in side boards with nails in end boards.
Use a board under the ends of the 2x2s to stabilize the assembly of the second side.
Your planter should now look like this.
To Make Bottom of Planter
Place planter upside down.
Arrange remaining 5 1x4s on bottom of planter as shown.
Nail 1x4s in place, using two nails in the end of each board as before, and two nails on the outside edges at about 12" and 24" to attach the outside boards to the side boards.
Put the 2x2s in place at 6", 18", and 30". Tack in place
with finishing nails. Turn planter over and nail in place from inside
Turn planter right side up.
Take 2 22" 2x2s (or remaining 18" 2x2s) and center on top of upright 2x2s.
Nail in place, or use long screws for additional strength.
The Stomp Test
If you are using scrap lumber, check the strength of the planter
before using in. Get in and jump up and down a few times. Kick the side
boards. Abuse the planter before it gets abused in use and fails
unexpectedly. If a board fails (as shown below), it can be wiggled
out without dissassembling the planter, then a new board pounded
into place and nailed down.