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Planter table

From NZ Gardener magazine

Rose Hughes shows how to create a clever space for succulents and edibles in your outdoor entertaining area.

You will need: One pallet, four metres of 150mm x 25mm rough sawn pine, 1.5m of 100mm x 50mm rough sawn pine, galvanised screws 8g x 40mm, crowbar (optional), hammer , screwdriver, drop saw, skilsaw, black polythene and staple gun.

Cutting list: Planter box: 3 x pallet panels at 840mm & 2 x pallet blocks.
Legs: 4 x 320mm of 100mm x 50mm pine.
Internal edging: 2 x 870mm & 2 x 600mm of pallet panels.
Base: 6 pallet blocks and 3 x pallet panels at 640mm Top 14 x 270mm, 2 x 640mm from pallet panels.
Outer edging: 2 x 920mm, 2 x 640mm from 150mm x 25mm rough sawn pine.

Cost: $30.

Step 1 how to make an outdoor planter table Step 1
These instructions are based on a pallet with approx 95mm x 15mm boards. Start by dismantling the pallet.
Step 2 how to make an outdoor planter table Step 2
Assemble the planter box. Slice a 15mm piece off each pallet block, attach two of the sides and the base as shown in the image above. Add additional screws to attach the sides to the base.
Step 3 how to make an outdoor planter table Step 3
Attach a leg at each end of the side panels. Attach front and back panels to the legs to form a rectangle.
Step 4 how to make an outdoor planter table Step 4
With the top of the table facing downwards, centre the planter box and attach at each end.
Step 5 how to make an outdoor planter table Step 5
Attach a pallet block next to each leg and one centred along the front and back panels. Attach a cross brace cut to length to each.
Step 6 how to make an outdoor planter table Step 6
Turn the table over. Line the planter slot with polythene, staple in place and add drainage holes. (Though be aware this may cause the wood to rot.)
Step 7 how to make an outdoor planter table Step 7
Attach the top panels as shown.
Step 8 how to make an outdoor planter table Step 8
Trim 20mm off the long edge of the 150mm outer edging timber with the Skilsaw. Fit and screw into place. Sand and paint. I used Resene Woodsman Whitewash. Plant up and enjoy!

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