Planters for an arbour bench, made from recycled wood

The arbour bench shown below was made for my wife, and for an extra personal touch, I thought I would add a planter either side in which to grow some climbing plants (jasmine, solarnum, and clematis).

Arbour bench from recycled wood

The wood for these planters came from dismantled pallets, with the base made from some off-cuts of decking wood.

These pieces of wood came from recycled pallets

The photo above shows some of the pieces of pallet wood reclaimed from the industrial estate. These will be used for the sides of the planter.

 

Overlap the shorter lengths with the longer lengths

The design is quite simple - overlap the shorter lengths of the dismantled pallet wood with the longer lengths and screw them together. Build the planter in layers - the height of the planter will be determined by the number of layers.

Finish the first layer by screwing in the last piece..

Finish the first layer by screwing in the last piece.

 

Repeat the steps for the first layer, but alternate so that the short side is now on top of the previous layer's long side.

Repeat the steps for the first layer, but alternate so that the short side is now on top of the previous layer's long side.

 

Finish the third layer

Finish the third layer by repeating the staggering pattern of the first...

 

Add some decking off-cuts to form the feet

Choose which end is to be the bottom of the planter. Flip it up so the bottom layer is on top. Then add screw some feet to the planter - I used some decking off-cuts (sawn to size).

 

 

Stand the planter upright and now all that is needed is to either line it and add compost etc, or add plants in pots

Turn the planter upright. Now all that is needed is to either add potted plants, or to line it and add compost before planting the climbers.

 

The finished arbour bench planter

The finished arbour bench planter, now all is needed is to make the one for the other side!

To fully complete this arbour bench, some trellis has to be added to each side panel. Click here to see how the trellis was made.

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