I confess. As a committed wood recycler, I can always see lots of potential in discarded wooden packing crates, pallets, other timber needing to be rescued from the waste stream.Consequently I will often stop to pick up some treasures from the side of the road or the verge in front of an industrial unit.
Not far from where I live, there is a big glazing business. They import glass from several countries, and the crates the sheets come in get stacked up alongside the building until the pile gets too big. When it gets big, the pile is gathered up and it is all taken off to landfill. A crazy waste. I have permission to raid the pile as much as I want. The best stuff in the pile is the glazing boxes.
|That's a glazing box, about 2.5m long, with foam rubber padding and steel strapping.|
|A lousy picture, but the IPSM 15 Mark tells us the pine packaging was debarked and heat treated in Indonesia.|
1. The tools and things you'll need:
- Tin snips, to remove any metal strapping.
- 50mm (2") galvanised nails, for connecting new ends and feet.
- Hammer, for driving the nails.
- Pencil, for marking where to apply the saw cuts.
- Hand saw, for cutting the glazing box into sections.
- some builders plastic, to line the inside of the planter box.
- a brace and bit or hand drill, to drill some drainage holes in the base of the planter box.
- a few scraps of pine, to make any new ends and the feet.
2. Start out by dividing the long glazing box into sections (planter box lengths) and mark where to cut the box. I commonly cut these 2.5m boxes into 3 sections. The two ends will just need one end added each, the centre section will need two ends added. Use a hand saw to make the cuts right through the glazing box.
|Use a panel saw to cut the glazing box into the planter box sections.|
|Nailing on an end.|
|Nailing the feet onto the base of the planter box.|
|Here a brace and bit being used to drill a couple of 3/8" holes.|
|One planter box, completed and ready to fill with soil.|
|Soil in and seedlings planted.|
|A few weeks later, and the family can keep harvesting goodies from the planter box!|
Kids will love harvesting food from the plants they have planted in the planter boxes they have made themselves!
All you need is a few very basic tools and materials and a glazing box. Raid your local glazier now!