Garden, Gardens

Making your own planter box

House and Leisure turned to industry expert Peter Du Bruyn, who is the Bosch training manager at Dremel for a breakdown on the process. Using Dremel's superb range of multi-use power tools he has provided a 10 step guide to making your own wooden planter box. You'll need the following Dremel tools to help you with the job:  DSM20(tm) Compact Saw with DSM Edge Guide, DSM840 Mitre Guide and DSM500 Multi-Purpose Cut-Off Wheel. Dremel 3000 with multichuck 4486, wood drill bit set 636 and EZ SpeedClic sanding disc SC413. Materials: 5 x 3.8cm thickness, 3.9 meter scaffold boards 82 x 6.5cm no.5 wood self-countersinking screws Wood filler to match your wood colour Manual screwdriver or cordless drill driver Cutting List: (to be cut from scaffold boards) 6 lengths of 60cm full board width and depth (sides) 8 lengths of 52.4cm full board width and depth (sides/floor) 4 lengths of 3.8cm x 3.8cm x 70cm (leg supports) 4 lengths of 3.8cm x 3.8cm x 44.8cm (floor supports) 4 lengths of 7.6cm x 3.8cm x 60cm with 45o mitre at each end (top border)   Step 1 to 3: Cutting Mark up the cuts on your scaffold board for the sides of the planter box.  With your DSM20 compact saw and DSM 500 Multi-Purpose Cut-Off Wheel, set to a cutting depth of 20mm, saw along the  lines on one side.  You will need to cut through the timber from both sides, so make sure that your marking up is accurate.  Cut all of the sides of the planter in this way, referring to the cutting list for sizes. Step 2:  Referring to the cutting list, use the DSM20 with Multi-Purpose Cut-Off Wheel and the DSM Edge Guide for the longer cuts and the DSM840 Miter Guide for the shorter and diagonal cuts to create all of the floor and leg supports. Step 3:  Cut all the top pieces using the DSM20 with Multi-Purpose Cut-Off Wheel and Edge Guide.  Then, miter the ends to form the top frame using the DSM840 Miter Guide. Step 4: Marking Mark out the screw positions on the side supports and drill pilot holes for the screws using the Dremel 3000 and wood drill bit set 636. This will make it easier to screw together later on. Step 5 & 6: Assembly Assemble one of the planter sides using three individual 52.4cm lengths and two leg supports. Line all three lengths up making sure they are flush with one another. Then take a leg support and position across the edge of all thee lengths, so that the outside edge of the leg support is flush with the cut edges of your three lengths. Fix the leg supports to the side of the planter using a screwdriver and self-countersinking screws.  Repeat for the opposite side of the planter so that you end up with two assembled 52.4cm sides of the planter with leg supports attached. Step 6:  Take three individual 60cm side pieces and assemble them on a flat surface, as before.  Then, take one of your assembled 52.4cm sides and screw to fix at a right angle, ensuring that the leg support is on the inside.  Repeat this process with the remaining assembled 52.4cm side.  Now you have all three sides of the planter assembled.  Construct the final 60cm side as before and screw to fix. Step 7: Applying floor supports Mark up and drill pilot holes as before.  Then, screw to fasten the floor supports at the base of each internal side of the planter so that they are flush with the bottom edge of the planter sides.  Using the 52.4cm floor pieces notched out to fit, screw and fix the floor pieces on top of the floor supports in the bottom of the planter. Step 9: Fitting the top For the top of the planter:  Mark up the screw positions, then drill pilot holes using self-countersinking screws. Screw and fix the mitered top to the rim of the planter box.  Finally, apply wood filler to countersink holes and sand off any rough edges using your Dremel 3000 with the EZ Speed Clic sanding disc SC411. Step 10 Line the inside of the planter with heavy duty plastic sheeting and fill with good quality compost.  Fit it with your choice of plant. For further assistance or questions visit the Dremel website or call 011-651-9858.