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Hey guys today I am going to walk you through how to make your own moveable planter box. Stay tuned for this episode of Broke-Dad.
Momma wanted a new planter box for some herbs at our new house. The problem is we don’t have the sun patterns down yet. So, we decided to make a box that can roll into and out of the shade if needed.
I used untreated Cedar fencing boards and redwood decking posts for this project. Cedar does very well in all weather, it is resistant to mold, and it does not conduct heat which will help keep the soil and the roots cool. The redwood was used because it is beautiful.
Measure the lengths and width of the box you wish to make. If you want to be able to move the planter box do not make it too large. I used a circular saw to make these quick cut as they do not have to be perfect. When using any saw be sure to review safety procedures, plan out your cut, double check that you are clear of the blade, and be sure the object is secured to your support table.
Next I cut the decking posts to the height I wanted to using a hand saw. If using a hand saw make sure you are using the proper blade format. As this was a cross cut, meaning I was cutting across the grain (or the lines of the wood), I used a cross cut blade. If I am cutting with the grain I would use a rip saw blade. Think of it as though you are ripping the grain of the wood apart like a piece of string cheese.
Next you will set the cedar boards onto the posts. Select a drill bit that is smaller than the diameter of the screw you are using. Create a pilot hole by applying even downward force on the drill moving in and out until you have achieved the desired depth. Change drill bits and insert screws into the pilot holes.
The length and diameter of the screws you use will depend on the dimensions you choose the box to be.
Once you have completed the front and back sides clamp the side pieces to the support post and repeat the pilot hole and screw steps until you have created a box without a bottom.
Flip the box upside down and measure, mark, and make your cuts. You can use any saw for any of these cuts that you are comfortable with. A miter saw will make these cuts quickly if you have one and are comfortable with it.
Set the freshly cut boards, pilot hole and screw them into place.
In order to fill an area that is less wide than the pre-milled boards you simply mark the boards where they need to be cut. Using a table saw you set the fence to the mark you make and rip the board. If you use a table saw please make sure you have been taught the proper safety procedures as this tool is amazing but one of the most dangerous in a shop.
To make the last boards needed simply measure and mark the board so that it will fit the remaining gap. Use the appropriate saw and make the needed cuts.
Once the bottom is completed I like to take some thin scrap wood and attach a few support beams using the same drill and screw method.
Using a medium grit sandpaper sand out the piece in order to prevent future splinters.
In order to make this planter easy to move you will want to purchase four sturdy rubber wheels at your local hardware store. Spending the extra money for the ones that can be locked into place may not be a bad idea. Match the part of the wheel that screws into the wood with a drill bit that is the same size or a bit smaller. Drill a hole and screw the wheels into place. Use a level to set the wheel heights to make the box sit evenly. You may need to use plyers to help you screw the wheel into the wood.
Take a weed blocker and line the inside of the planter box. This is meant to help keep the soil in the planter and help prevent any rot. Simply cut the desired sized piece and staple the mesh to the planter.
Once the blocker is set take a razor blade and make a few holes in the blocker. Drill holes in these locations to allow water to escape the planter box. Too much water being trapped can turn stagnate and promote bacteria and mold in the soil. Place some river stone over the holes you made so that soil does not escape while still allowing water a path a egress.
Now move the planter to its’ new home, add some soil, and plant. Now you can relocate your planter box with ease. Hope you enjoyed today’s episode of Broke-Dad. Be sure to subscribe to our channel so we can bring more videos that will help you. Take care!