This step by step woodworking project is about wooden vegetable trough planter plans. I have designed this sturdy off the ground garden planter, so you can start your own vegetable garden on your own patio or deck. Moreover, you can easily take care of the vegetables, as the planter is waist-high. Make sure you invest in weather resistant lumber (cedar, redwood), as the components will be exposed to the weather elements. See my other DIY projects HERE.
We recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. Therefore, you should buy weather-resistant lumber, such as pine or cedar. Always take accurate measurements before adjusting the size of the components at the proper size. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the wood screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.
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Vegetable Trough Planter – Free DIY Plans
- A – 6 piece of 2×4 lumber – 29 1/4″ long, 3 pieces – 25″ long LEGS
- B – 6 piece of 2×6 lumber – 72″ long SLATS
- C – 4 piece of 2×6 lumber – 72″ long SLATS
- D – 6 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 32″ long END SLATS
- E – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 75″ long, 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 26″ long TRIMS
- 3 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 12′
- 7 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 12′
- 2 piece of 1×4 lumber – 8′
- 1 piece of 1×2 lumber – 6′
- 2 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- 2″ nails
- wood filler , wood glue,
- hardware cloth, staples
- vegetable soil
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- One Day
How to build a raised planter box
The first step of the project is to build the 3 frames for the vegetable trough. Cut the components at the dimensions shown in the plans. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the 25″ horizontal supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them together tightly. Align the edges with attention and make sure the corners are right-angled.
Attach 2×6 slats to the sides of the vegetable raised planter, using 2 1/2″ screws. Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.
Fit the 2×6 slats to the bottom of the elevated planter box. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.
Use a table saw to make bevel cuts to the slats that go to the top of the front and back walls. Use a sander to smooth the edges thoroughly.
Fit the slats to the planter and lock them into place with 2 1/2″ screws, after drilling pilot holes.
Fit the 2×6 slats to the ends of the planter box. Align the edges with attention, leave no gaps and drill pilot holes. Insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.
Fit the 1×4 and 1×2 trims to the top of the planter. Align the edges with attention and insert 2″ nails to lock them into place tightly. Align the edges and leave no gaps between the components.
Fill the holes with wood putty and then smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper.
Fill the vegetable trough planter with the appropriate soil and then make sure you start your garden. Make sure you check all my planter plans HERE. If you like my project, don’t forget to SHARE it on Facebook and Pinterest.
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