Pallets to planters

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Project by jus6681 posted 06-04-2010 09:37 PM 61127 views 10 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to build some raised garden beds for a few reasons, one being to keep the dogs from digging in the beds and to keep them from naturally “watering” the plants. Also, for ease of maintenance. I started pricing cedar and redwood and decided to go the cheap route and found some great 4’x9’ oak pallets. Not the prettiest looking project, a bit slapped together since I had a late start on planting and was using rough aged lumber.

I wanted to use as few fasteners as possible so I built the frame from the pallet runners and cut a vertical dado on either side in which the horizontal side panels slide into. This proved to be very helpful when I went to fill it with soil, I took front panels off and was able to dump straight from a wheelbarrow.

Finally, as you can see, the dogs found an unintentional second use as a nice shady space to lounge.

-- Justin L :: Omaha, NE

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#1 posted 06-04-2010 09:42 PM

Right On!!!

Nice work

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#2 posted 06-04-2010 09:59 PM

I had never considered a raised planting bed. Our dog has unfortunately passed on, BUT… Before we get a new puppy, I have GOT to build one of these!

I have a supply of old pallets available to me free. No worries there about material. And the rustic look you pulled off was perfect!

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#3 posted 06-04-2010 10:52 PM

Super job and free wood

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#4 posted 06-04-2010 11:38 PM

good pallet wood is hard to find these days, but my favorite projects are the ones with free wood!

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#5 posted 06-05-2010 12:02 AM

4’ x 9’ pallets! Wow! That alone would be a find worth gloating about, but the raised beds you made with them make it even nicer.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#6 posted 06-05-2010 12:42 AM

When I did a raised bed, I should have planned on getting a dog… We now have a rabbit living in it. Wife said she would rather feed the rabbit then my suggestion of eating it…

I keep looking for pallets… haven’t found one yet that held any promise.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#7 posted 06-05-2010 12:56 AM

Thanks for all the comments everyone.

OttoH, yes, they were a great find. I was in search of pallets from a business that listed them on craigslist, but when I got there I didn’t even bother as they were thin and mostly busted up. I drove around the block and found a commercial HVAC business with these puppies.

dustyal, yes, I forgot to mention the benefit of being up and out of reach of rabbits. As long as they don’t start hopping 28” or more I should be good.

-- Justin L :: Omaha, NE

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#8 posted 06-05-2010 02:04 AM

Dual function! Planters and a shady spot for Spot! I was going to mention Craigslist, but I see you already did. I often see free palletes there. What did you plant? (Say tomatoes, say tomatoes…)

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#9 posted 06-05-2010 05:07 AM

Stevinmarin, yes, tomatoes indeed. Along with a few different pepper plants, sweet potatoes, carrots, lettuce and beans.

-- Justin L :: Omaha, NE

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#10 posted 06-05-2010 03:26 PM

Great project, I love free wood projects too. For the people who said it was hard to find good pallets keep an eye on businesses with heavy products. I have a flooring store near me and the pallets there are heavy duty for flooring tile and such.

Plus you’re growing your own food!

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#11 posted 06-05-2010 04:51 PM

Ditto JB

-- Tom

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#12 posted 06-05-2010 06:44 PM

My gollden does the same thing ,but only on top of the plants.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#13 posted 06-05-2010 11:21 PM

I don’t have a dog, but I have planter boxes and a cat. Yep: I made three large litter boxes.

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#14 posted 06-05-2010 11:44 PM

Great project. My dogs would LOVE this too!

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#15 posted 06-09-2010 07:06 PM

Gotta love free materials! I need one of these, all our garden plants are in platics tubs and buckets…very trailer park. These would be a nice upgrade.

-- if you can't light a $100 bill on fire and watch it burn, you're in the wrong hobby.

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