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Weekend Work: Timber Garden Planter Trough

In the latest series of my weekend posts.  This time we look at making a garden planter or vegetable trough.

A friend asked me to make them one for the garden, when doing my research it turns out these are fairly expensive.  I looked around for some designs and inspirations and decided to form an “X” shape planter.  I made this planter from swan treated timber I purchased from Wickes (see below).

The bottom of the legs I cut with an angle of 30 degrees (but this should have been 45 degrees) and was fairly simple to build and assemble.

Bear in mind I am not a carpenter or a skilled DIY’er I am just learning as I go along.  These type of planters within the UK can cost upwards of £150+ and in total the project cost for the material came in around £90.

As normal the timber was purchased from Wickes and I lined the planter with some left over weed matting with a number of drainage holes made at the bottom.


Here are a few pictures from the build

Working of small rough plans one problem I could not work out was the correct angle of the legs.  I used a framing square attached to each leg to gain the correct angle.

But if I needed to make one in future I think I would lay them out on a work bench and build a jig to position them:

Garden planter supports

DIY Garden Planter

I decided to have three supports on the side braced with a number of battens towards the bottom.

Side supports for garden planter

Installing the sides was a straight forward process ensuring to leave a slight gap between the sides.

End caps for the garden planter

For each end I used the same timber as the sides (19mm x 100mm timber) angled at 45.  In the picture above I had to make a small fix to one of the legs to stop the planter from wobbling.

OK so what have I been doing

Well it has been a view months since a last post so I thought I would update you all on what I have been doing.  Recently I have taken a new senior role based in London and Bermuda which has been great, this has been looking at building a digital transformation strategy for the company to enable them to be agile, scalable and flexible moving forward.  One of the most exciting aspects of this is looking at how data driven the company is (by using some high scaling distributed compute) and how much analytics they do, more on this in later posts.

My son has been doing some great work on his Owl boxes (update to follow) and now has 3 sets of boxes with Owl’s hatching and tagged which has been very rewarding for him, I was hoping to write to the RSPB to try and showcase the work he has done.

On the wood working front I must say I was impressed with my new garden storage box (pictured below) all built off a quick notepad drawing DIY Garden Storage Boxand then making it up as I went.  I did make a few mistakes but all in all this only took 2 weekends to build and was made from 8mm (too thin BTW..) T&G softwood, offcuts and roof battens.  Total cost was around £95 compared to the £120 – £200 to purchase online and will store all of our garden furniture and toys.


The next project I am starting on will be a full garden vegetable trough for the inlaws to use, I suspect this project will last a few weekends but look forward to creating it.  On the wish list is to try and attend a 2 day course and learn more about Sketch Up from Xchange Training to cut down on the time needed to self learn and design my projects a lot better – as with everything it is finding the time to do this.

I will have a review coming out of both the Dewalt DW-774 Mitre Saw and the Ryobi One+ Brad Nailer soon which is the latest DIY gadgets to be used.

I forgot to mention (and plug!) my wife’s business venture is going well, check out her Reflexology and Holistic Therapy site She has had some fantastic reviews on facebook and recently now offers Indian Head and Full Body Massage, 10% off if I refer you as well so get in touch!!

Check out some of the great pictures from Bermuda….

img_1181 Bermuda overlooking Hamilton