Large Wooden Planter

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When my local council abandoned the green recycling tubs in favour of large recycling bins they left it up to the individual householder what they did with the unwanted bin.

I decided to clad the bin with some (100mm x 25mm) treated timber and make a very large garden planter, the cladding I hoped would make the recycling bin look more presentable. The bin makes an ideal liner to protect the wood from rotting when compost is added.

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The above picture represents what my recycling bin looked like before the cladding was added – not exactly picturesque!

Construction

First thing to do is to drill some drainage holes in the bottom of the bin perhaps one in each corner and a couple in the middle. I drilled them out using a half-inch (12 mm) diameter drill bit.

The cladding needs to be screwed to some (50mm x 25mm cross-section) batons and fixed by screwing from inside of the box.

The bottom end of the box needs to be packed out further to make the cladding fit at right-angles to the top perimeter of the box. This is a bit of trial and error with wooden packing pieces to achieve this. There should be enough of the wood left-over from making the batons from the two 2.4 metre lengths of treated wood, to make a couple or runners to fit underneath the planter and allow for good drainage of any water. See picture below:-

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Cut twenty pieces of wood 100mm x 25mm x 380mm of wood and attach them all around the recycling box:-

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After fixing all the cladding and runners along the bottom or casters the planter should look something like this:-

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The remaining wood is used to make a mitred framework that hides the edge of the cladding.

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The mitred framework is attached as symmetrically as possible as shown:-

 

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A few coats of water based wood preserver (forest green) finishes the whole planter nicely:-

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WOOD LIST

3 pieces of 3.5 metre x 100mm x 25mm pressure treated wood

2 pieces of 2.4 metre x 50mm x 25mm pressure treated wood

Miscellaneous Items

Screws/nails/staples

Water based wood preservative (Forest Green)

Paint brush

TOOL LIST

Handsaw fine cut

Carpenter’s Square

Mitre Box or Mitre Square

Portable drill and bits (12mm and 3mm)

Cross-point Screwdriver

Steel Rule

Hammer

Pencil

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