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Easy-to-make simple wooden planter | Woodwork class

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Lessons in This Class

12 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. 1 Intoduction

    • 2. 2 Equipment list

    • 3. 3 Measuring the decking

    • 4. 4 Measuring the support

    • 5. 5 First layer

    • 6. 6 Second layer

    • 7. 7 Third layer

    • 8. 8 Inner base

    • 9. 9 Decorative edge

    • 10. 10 Ending

    • 11. 11 Recap

    • 12. 12 Promo video final update

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About This Class

Hello and welcome to “Easy-to-make simple wooden planter"

In this course, I’m going to show you how to build a very simple 30cm by 30cm planter.

This planter is made from wooden decking boards and some thin timber posts, which can be bought relatively cheaply.

I’ll be taking you through the process from start to finish with every step explained in full.

This basic design is 30cm by 30cm but the same method and techniques can be applied to make a planter of any size you require.

The planter I’m showing you is three deck boards deep which means it’ll be perfect for any bedding plants or small shrubs.

This course is perfect for the complete beginner and is ideal for developing your skills as a DIY carpenter without spending a fortune.


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Mark Shorter

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Hello, I’m Mark and I love DIY!

For the past 15 years, I have been developing houses,  and in that time I have become an expert in everything DIY. I started out as complete beginner and found out that with a little bit of time and patience, nothing is impossible. If you scroll down through my profile, you’ll find plenty of courses that cover topics not only in DIY, but also in baking and gardening encompassing all my passions.


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1. 1 Intoduction: Hello and welcome to make your own planter With Mark. In this course, I'm going to be showing you how to build this very simple 30 centimeter boy, 30 centimeter planter. This planter is made from decking boys and is a good place to stop, even for the complete beginner. I'll be taking you through the process from start to finish with every step explained in full. This basic design is 30 centimeters by 30 centimeters, but the same method and Timmy's can be applied to make a planter of any soldier require the planter. I'm showing you his three deck boards deep, which means it will be perfect for any bedding, plants or small shrubs. At this step, it's also ideal for growing potatoes. I'll take you through all the equipment you'll need, but the only materials will require our decking boards, somethin timber pose and obviously some screws and nails, all of which could be brought relatively cheaply, meaning this planter is ideal for developing your skills at the onward carpenter without spending a fortune. So let's begin 2. 2 Equipment list: before you begin. He's a little bit of safety and voice when using the tools you want to wear protective gloves and goggles. And if you're going to be using a circular saw, then I would recommend ear defenders as they could be quite loud. Nine. For the equipment for this planter, what you'll need ease either a handsaw or a circular sel. Obviously, a circular saw is much quicker than a handsaw, but they're not something. The average daily wire has the hand. If you are using a handsaw, then a lot of hand sores have an inbuilt angle guide, which is perfect for this project. If you're handsaw, however, doesn't have an angle guide. Don't worry, as it isn't essential, but you will need are the reset square or ruler as well. You'll also need a tight measure, a pencil, some sandpiper, either a drill, an electric screwdriver or a regular screwdriver and a hama. So that's the equipment. Finally, let's look at the materials. You'll need decking boards, timber posts, abdo screws and nails. This planter will be 30 centimeters by 30 centimeters. On will be three decking boards high, so you'll need approximately 420 centimeters of decking. The timber pose will have three uses in this planter. Firstly, they would write a framework that we could screw the decking boards onto. Secondly, they will be used to secure the base of the planter. And thirdly, we were used some of the team opposed to create a nice decorative edge around the top of the blender. I've opted for 22 millimeter by 40 millimeter timber post, but anything you can get close to that size will work perfectly fine. For this project, you'll need about 325 centimeters of timber posts. I've suggested outdoor screws as these weren't just like regular screws in the rain the size of screw. I recommend using his four millimeters by 40 million razors as these air just long enough to pass through the decking boards and hold securely into the timber posts. Now, as I use for building planters are called lost head. Nails on the size are used are three millimeters by 50 mil aerators. As these will hold the decorative top aging in place 3. 3 Measuring the decking: If you look at this finished product, there are four size and if so, it is three decking boards high two of the size of the plants that will be 30 centimeters long on your The two sides will be slightly shorter. The reason for this is everyone to keep the planter a square. Therefore, the two shorter size will be 30 centimeters, minus double the thickness of the decade. Board This means, if you're dicking is 2.5 centimeters thick. The shorter let's will be 30 centimeters. Take away five centimeters decking boards, sometimes coming different thicknesses, so you'll have to measure your own. So far, then we'll need six lengths of 30 centimeters and six months of 25 centimeters or hair over long. Yours needs to bay. To put these, you'll need to use your time. Measure pencil and saw from one end of the decade. Board usual time major to measure 30 centimeters and then make a pencil mark closely. One edge. If you have a set square or your sore has an angle guide, you can use these to draw a straight line across your decking board. However, if you don't have a set square or a sore with an angle guide. Don't worry. All you need to do is make a 2nd 30 centimeter mark on the opposite age of the decade board . Then just use a straight ege or ruler to connect the mark with the pencil line. Use your hand saw or circular sort. Quit along the line. Just a little hint. You might be tempted to market all 6 30 centimeter length in order to cut them in one go. But don't. If you do this, you'll find Rendall with legs that are slightly shorter than 30 centimeters because the thickness of the blood remove a couple of millimeters from each court. That also reminds me to tell you to make sure you make your court on the outer edge of each line so you don't put into 30 centimeters. Currently, we have 6 30 centimeter length of decking board to make the two sides. No, we need to put six lengths of 25 centimeter Decca bores to make view of the two sides. Remember, if you're decking boards, a thinner or thicker than 2.5 centimeters in this measure will need to be adjusted. One more thing after all your courts. Make sure all of your edges are nice and smooth by giving them a little light, sanding with some paper to take off any rough edges. So go ahead, measure mark and court. 4. 4 Measuring the support: Once you've put the 6 30 centimeter decking boards on the 6 25 centimeters decking boards, you'll need to cut the inner supports. These will be almost his tour of the planter itself. If you look at this picture of the latest step, you will see how they will be incorporated. The supports will be placed in the four corners of the planter. The length of the support post will depend on how wide your taking boards are. The board's I use were 12 centimeters wide, so mark minus 36 centimeters as there are three decking boards high. We will need four of these internal support posts, and you can put them in the same way you quit the decking boards. To begin with. We were used to tame measure and pencil to mark 36 centimeters or however long your supports need to pay. If you're using a circular sore, that's all. We'll put a perfect straight age. So you only need to make a small pencil mark and quit it. Remembering to quit on the outer edge of the mark. If you're using a handsaw, use a set square to draw a straight line. All the way across the piece of wood. You can follow this line to make sure you quit a straight edge. If all goes to plan, you will end up with a way. These components six lengths of 30 centimeter taking boards. Six months of 25 sent to me to take it bores on four length of 36 centimeter support posts . 5. 5 First layer: Now we can start assembling the planter. Take one piece of 30 centimeter decking, board one piece of 25 centimeters decking board on one internal post a range of three pieces, as I have in this picture and make sure everything is lined up perfectly. You want to take your time with this step, it will be tricky. Since these are the first pieces to be joined together, make sure the support post and to decking boards are aligned with No gaps on the edges are all in line with each other. Once you're happy with the positioning, we're going to attach a 30 centimetre decking board to the support post. Using this group, the first crew needs to be a positioned in the top group of the decking board and in the center of the support post. It's a good idea to push the screw in silently with your hand enough to hold in place before screwing, detained with either your drill, electric screwdriver or screwdriver. As the screw goes in, use your hand to hold the support post firmly to the decking board, since you might find this group pushes them apart slightly when it first goes through now, the second screw could be placed in the bottom groove of the decking board in line with the first group. Again hold the support post firmly in position at the base. Prevent the screw from pushing it away from the decking board when it first goes through. If the Post does get pushed out, like in this picture, then don't panic. Just a screw the screw and do it again, and you'll find that the screw captures more easily the second time round once the 30 centimeter decking boards attached the post, then we need to attach the 25 centimeter decking board to it again in said the screw in the top groove this time, however, because the edge of the post is much thinner than before, we need to screw a little differently. We don't want to place the screw at the very edge of the decking board, as this could cause it to split. Instead, place the screw about 2.5 centimeters away from the age and screw diagonal leads the post. Repeat this process on the bottom Screw. Now we need to attach the 2nd 30 centimeter decking board and another support post to the 25 centimeter decking board. We've just fitted using the same process for inserting this cruise. These groups will be inserted first, followed by the screws, remembering that these ones need to go in at an angle, repeat this process two more times on the third and fourth quarters until the bottom layer is demonstrated. 6. 6 Second layer: Now that you've finished the first layer of the plantar, next comes an easier bit. All we have to do is continue adding decking boards until we complete all the layers. So just as we have been doing before, we need to get a 30 centimetre decking board and placed on top of one of the 30 centimeter decking boards from the first layer like this. So once you're happy with the alignment, you can get a screw and place it in the first group of the top of the decking board. As before. Usual Hunter, screw it in slightly just to hold it in place and then use your screwdriver drill to screw it all the way in and through the support post behind. Do the same again with another screw in the bottom groove of the decking board. We can now screw in the 25 centimeters decking board, remembering to insert the screw it an angle about 2.5 centimeters from the age in the top and bottom grooves Don't forget that each time you screw in a decade board, you check. The support post is in line. You can only do this on the second layer as once you begin the third lower, you will find the support bozo held firmly in place and you won't be able to just them at all. So make sure you're happy with the positioning before you screw in this cruise, Repeat the process for the third side and then the final fourth side until the second. Larry's done just a little tip as you work on that in the decking boards the sides. If you notice any roughness on the edges of the decking boards, you can just smooth them out with some paper. 7. 7 Third layer: the third layer is going to be the easiest layer. Since you're now an expert at screwing decking boards into sport post do exactly the same process as we did with the second layer. Screw screws into the top and bottom grooves of each decking board. Just remember that if you're screwing into the thin side of a support, post the screws going an angle so that the age of the decking boys doesn't spit. Wala the outside of the plant is doing not for the inside. 8. 8 Inner base: we're going to be putting a raised base in this planter, and it will consist of two support post and to decking boards. The base can go anywhere you like, but I am put in mind about two decking boards down the lower down your base goes, the more soil you will need to add, and this will add to the overall weight of the planter. When she put your planting, the base is going to be supported by to support posts that will run across the two opposite sides of the planter. Usual tape measure to measure the distance between two of the sport posts, as you can see from this picture mornings about 20 centimeters. Once you have the correct measurement, usual tape measure and pencil to make a mark on the sport post and then use a sore to quit it to saris. Well, hold it in place by screwing in two screws from the outside of your planter. You don't have to worry about the support post being perfect level. You can just Dubai I, as the base won't be on show anyway. Don't forget that you can put your base any death you like when you screw the screws from the outside. If you're not certain with position them. You can always measure from the bottom of the plant at to the bottom of the support post and then had half the thickness of the support post. Use these to measure how far down to place this group on the outside of Atlanta. But whatever you do on the first side, make sure the second side matches. You can always double check with the tape measure that they are. Even once you've put both support post in place and screw them in, you'll need to turn the planter over so we can measure for the decking boys that will form the base. The decking boards that will form the base will sit on top of the support post, so we need to measure the distance between the two inside size of Atlanta. In my small planter, I will only need to decking boards to form the base, but if your planter is larger, you may find you need more. I would also suggest you include small gaps in between the decking boards of the base so that water can drain away. When she measured the distance. Usual tape measure pencil and set square to draw a line across the decking board, ready to be caught with your sore. Do this again to quit at the second deck and board. Now, if you look at this picture, you're noticed that there is a large gap between the edge of the planter on the edge of the decking board vice. To get rid of this gap, we're going to make a couple of quotes to remove the corners of the decking board. That way it can be pushed flush up to the age of the planter. He's where we'll need to make the courts now. These quotes are quite tricky to take your time with them, however, don't worry too much. If they're not perfect, the base isn't going to be seen It all. Use your pencil to Marco, where you need to make the courts at the corners of the decking board, then soar along the lines. You need to salt one my first, then reposition aboard and saw the other way to remove the corner. Do this on both dicking boys on. Here's what you'll end up with. Once you placed in position, you'll notice a nice gap in the middle, which is perfect for less in water. Drain away. If you need more decay boys because you're making a larger planter, then just make sure you have gaps between every decking board in the base or water will build up inside on my right. The wood. Let's no secure the base with some screws. I think four screws in total is enough for the whole base to any sticking. Board has shown I've screwed mine in a slight angle. Since we're going into the thin side and support post, don't screw them in too close to the edge of the decade board, as it might cause them to split. The diagonal angle will also make it easier to screw as it gives you a little bit more room when you're at the bottom of the planter. 9. 9 Decorative edge: The final part of the construction is the decorative edge around the top. The top of the planter should be 30 centimeters long from edge to edge, but I would recommend you still measure just to double check when she measured the first side, mark the length out with a pencil on the sport post and then cut with your soul. Do these for the opposite side as well, so that you end up with 2 30 centimeter lens along the top. To secure these in place will use some nails. Three. Now's will be enough for Reese oId, and I've used lost head nails just so that they are less on show to make your decorative edge extra secure position That now is like this. This will stop the edge from tilting on will help to prevent the wood from warping when it's outside. When you've finished attaching both 30 centimeter length a decorative edge, we can move on to the remaining two edges. These third and fourth edges will be shorter as there were filling the gaps between the first and second ages. So grab your tape measure and measure the distance between the 1st 2 edges, then marketed and cut the third support post to make the third decorative edge, repeat once more for the final edge and hammer some nails into secure them in place. You'll probably only need to use to nails for the third and fourth edges, as they will be a lot shorter. 10. 10 Ending: So that's the finish, planter. And isn't it beautiful? All that's left to do is line the inside. I use cheap online after mine and use staples to hold it in place, and I attached it to the very top of the inside of the planter, right up to the decorative edge. The pond liner will protect the wood from rotting, which will happen if you would be in contact with wet soil. Make sure you poke some holes of the bottom of the liner to allow excess water to drain away. Finally, you can leave your pantry cities, or you can either stein it or give it a lick of paint happy planting. 11. 11 Recap: Let's have a quick recap of all the steps needed to build these 30 centimeter by 30 centimeter planter. Firstly, besides, you'll need gloves goggles on dear protectors. Now get all your tools ready. You'll need either a circular saw or a handsaw, a set square or a ruler, a pencil, a tight measure and drill, an electric screwdriver or a manual screwdriver, some sandpiper and a hammer. As for materials, you need decking boards. Timber posts four millimeter by 40 millimeters screws on three millimeter by 50 millimeter lost head nails now for the construction. Cut out 6 30 centimeter length of decking board. 6 25 centimeter length of dicking board on 4 36 centimeter lengths of timber posts. Then give them or a light sand to remove any refugees. Step two. Get 1 30 centimeters Length of decking board, 1 25 centimeters length. Taking board on one of the support posts arranged Them has shown making sure everything is flush with no gaps. Screw the 30 centimeter length The decking board to the support post. Put in one screw in the top groove on one screw in the bottom groove. No, screw the 25 centimeter decking board to the same support post this time screen. Get a slight angle and leaving about a 2.5 centimeter gap from the edge. Do the same process again three more times until all four sides of the first layer of the planter or complete Step three. The next thing to do is make the second layer of the planter using the same method to attach the decking boards to the support post. Step full. Nah, Repeat the whole process once more. To complete the third and final layer of the planter. Step five. Measure the inside of the planter from one of the inner support post to the other. Use the measurement to cut out to timber posts that will become the base support. Step six. Attach the base supports to the inside of the planter as high or as low down as you like. Wherever you want. The base of your planted to bay. Screw two screws from the outside of the plant out into each of the baseball posts, making sure the two posts end up with the same height. Step seven. Turn the planter over a measure. The inside wheat just above the support post. You used the measurement to cut out to decking board Linds that will become the base could notches out of the corners of the two base sticking boards so that they push up flush against the inside of the planter. Step eyes now attach the base decking boards to the support post, using two screws in each board. Screwing. It's a slight angle to make it easier for you. Step knowing we have the main plant have finished. So now it's time to have the decorative edge measure at the decorative edging. Two of the edges will be 30 centimeters, the other to inner peace. He's when he's been measured to get the exact length, but should be 25 centimeters. Remember that the measurements would change if your plant is going to be any bigger now, use three now. So attached the 30 centimeter decorative edge, and to now is to attach the 25 centimeters decorative edge stepped in. Attach a line into the inside of the plant, a using staples. I use cheap online er, but you can use anything that will stop the moist soil from causing the wood to rot away. Finally, I would like a pain to make the planter weatherproof and then other plant done 12. 12 Promo video final update: thank you for taking this course. I hope you enjoyed it and succeeding, Making your very own planter. I'd love to see how you've got on with these projects. So please post pictures of your handiwork in the comment section on. I'll be sure to check them out. If you've now got the D I. Y book and want to make something else, then please head to my pro four page where you'll find other projects I've been teaching in the coming months. I'm going to be uploading more woodwork and D I Y courses, including a more ornate wooden planter, which would push your deal. Why skills? A little more. You might enjoy building the stackable planter that you were building layers. This plant is ideal is part of a vegetable garden, as its height can be changed throughout the year for growing different varieties. Vegetables, the layout of the stackable vegetable plant that is also maneuverable on will fit into any garden design. Not all my courses advice, terrain would. I will also be creating different sorts of the Loire courses, including one which I show you how to lay a brick border around the edge of your Garden. As I said, my new courses will be appearing on my profile page as and when they become available. So stay tuned and I look forward to talking to you again. Happy dely weighing.