This step by step woodworking project is about wooden vegetable trug planter plans. Spring is here so I had to come up with a super simple plans for a vegetable trough planter, so you can grow juicy and fresh plants on your deck, patio or even balcony. This planter is sturdy and cost friendly, so you can get the job done in one weekend, using common tools and materials. 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 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.
Made from this plan
Vegetable Trug Planter – Free DIY Plans
- A – 3 piece of 2×4 lumber – 72″ long BOTTOM
- B – 6 piece of 1×6 lumber – 72″ long SLATS
- C – 6 piece of 1×2 lumber – 12 3/4″ long SUPPORTS
- D – 4 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 23″ long, 2 pieces – 16 3/4″ long SLATS
- E – 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 20 1/4″ long, 4 pieces – 22 3/4″ long LEGS
- 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 6′
- 1 piece of 1×2 lumber – 8′
- 8 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 6′
- 2 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- 2″ nails
- wood filler , wood glue,
- 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 veggie trug planter
The first step of the project is to build the 3 A-frames for the vegetable trough. Therefore, cut the legs and the braces from 2×4 lumber. Use a saw to make the angle cuts to the components, as shown in the diagram.
Lay the legs on a level surface and then attach the braces. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes through the braces and insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure them into place tightly.
Use 2×4 lumber for the bottom of the garden planter. Drill pocket holes along the sides of the slats, as shown in the diagram. Add glue to the joints and insert 2 1/2″ screws, to assemble the bottom of the trug.
Use 1×2 lumber for the diagonal supports. Use a miter saw to make the angle cuts at both ends of the supports, as shown in the diagram.
Fit the supports and the 1×6 slats to the sides of the vegetable trough. Align the edges at both ends and leave no gaps between the slats. Drill pilot holes trough the slats and insert 1 5/8″ screws into the supports.
Fit the 1×6 slats to the ends of the garden planter. Use a circular saw to make the angle cuts and then align the edges with attention. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock the slats into place tightly. Leave no gaps between the slats.
Fit the 1×6 slats to the top of the vegetable trough planter. Use 1 5/8″ screws to secure the slats to the planter.
Fit the A-frames to the bottom of the veg trug. Use a carpentry square to make sure the corners are square and then drill pilot holes. Insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure the A-frames to the veg trough planter.
Fill the 2×4 stretchers between the legs of the vegtrug. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports and then secure them to the A-frames with 2 1/2″ screws.
Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes and the dents with wood putty and then smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Smooth the edges, as well. You can staple landscaping fabric inside the planter box, so you can protect the wood from the elements.
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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