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Make a tall planter box from pallet wood with these easy steps 

  • By Habitat for Humanity Riverside
  • 01 May, 2017
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I love working with pallet wood.

Each pallet board is unique in character, and has a mysterious story of travels and escapades that I’ll never know. It’s fun to think that the parts to this planter box could have been anywhere in the world and transported anything from tools to furniture to books and so much more.

So enough about my romance with pallets, let’s dig into the DIY of making this pallet planter box.

The Supplies

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Pallet wood. Which you can often pick up at your local Habitat for Humanity ReStores!

Saw. A circular saw, miter saw, hand saw, table saw, or oscillating tool would all work. I used a cordless miter saw.

Drill or impact driver. I use a countersink to make a pilot hole before using fasteners when working with pallet wood. I also like to use Spax fasteners, as they are the easiest to sink in pallet wood.

Hand tools. The essential hand tools of a tape measure, pencil, multi-tool, pliers, hammer, and utility knife are part of a pallet DIY kit. The pliers, multi-tool, and utility knife are good to have for those pallet boards that have a rogue shape or nail sticking out from its previous life. Also, working solo on a project, it’s a good to have clamps nearby.

The How-To

For this project, I used parts of two pallets. To free pallet wood from a pallet, there are two ways that work really well. Either cross-cutting them along the supports with a circular saw or cutting the fasteners between the wood and the support with a reciprocating saw. A hand saw or an oscillating saw could free the wood, but it will take a bit longer. When working with saws, wear your safety glasses and closed-toe shoes.

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Cross-cutting pallet wood along the supports with a circular saw is a fast way to free pallet wood for a project.
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Cutting the fasteners between the wood and the support with a reciprocating saw provides longer stretches of wood, but it takes a bit more time than a circular saw.

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After freeing the wood from the pallet, measure, mark, and cut the wood to length. This pallet planter is 40 inches tall, so I’m cutting two 40-inch long pieces to make each of the four corners for the box. If you have shorter lengths, you can add a block at the connection points to join the short pieces to make a 40-inch length.

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After each piece is cut, fasten two 40-inch pieces to make a corner of the planter.

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A clamp can be a huge helper when fastening wood at a 90 degree angle.

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With pallet wood, there are unexpected nails that may be proud of the wood, so a nail set and hammer can help push the nails back into the wood.

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After all four corner supports are constructed, start laying out the planter box. A square is a handy toolbelt tool that helps make sure the angles are exactly 90 degrees. 

Then it is time to fasten the planter box pieces with two screws in each side.

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After constructing one side, it’s time to put the planter project on a table to attach the other pieces.

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Each side is screwed together in two places.

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After the frame of the box is secure, the sides are filled in with more pallet wood. I like to hide fasteners on decorative projects, so I’m fastening the wood from the inside of the box.

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The wood thicknesses of pallets can vary slightly, and screws are spot-on the same length. An easy trick to make sure you don’t pierce through the other side of wood is to angle the way the screw goes in.

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For this project, I put in the bottom without attaching the pieces. This will make it easy to clean out the planter later. And if you are thinking that this might be perfect as a party drink station, the easy access to draining the bottom of the box will make party cleanup easier.

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For pallet projects, I always recommend sealing the wood. A clear sealer will work fine, if you love the look of pallet wood. I chose to add a turquoise wash—mixing water with paint—to give this planter color without compromising the rustic charm.

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I also used a gray wash for the other parts of the pallet planter.

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The inside of the planter is ready for plants. And you may not be able to see in the photo, but I dusted some glitter spray paint over the entire planter. It’s a subtle way to have fun moments of shine and glamour on a farmhouse-style planter.

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I purposefully chose pallet wood that has a bit of decomposition and age. I enjoy the shadows and textures that Mother Nature creates as wood ages. Now that it’s sealed, the aging process will greatly slow down.

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Spring flowers inside the tall planter box also make me smile! I hope you enjoyed this project, and I wish you the best of luck with your next DIY project.

You can find more projects from Theresa at MyFixItUpLife.com , and you can get in touch with her on Twitter for any DIY questions you may have!

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By Habitat for Humanity Riverside 30 Dec, 2017
Effective 2018, Military discounts will be moved to Mondays. See chart below for information about Student, Military, and Senior discount days at the Riverside ReStore! 
By Habitat for Humanity Riverside 29 Dec, 2017

Starting in January 2018, the Riverside ReStore will be offering Customer Loyalty Cards, giving you the opportunity to earn ReStore Bucks! Fill a home for every purchase of $50 or more. Collect all 10 homes and earn $50 in ReStore Bucks!

In addition to filling homes with purchases, we are offering two additional opportunities to earn 'stamps' in January only:

  • Sign up in store to receive Treasure Hunter text messaging and receive exclusive coupons and flash sale announcements before the general public!
  • Drop off a donation valued at $50 or more to the Riverside ReStore!

Pick up your Customer Loyalty Card and start earning stamps today!

By Habitat for Humanity Riverside 10 Dec, 2017
Lighting your home or business with bulbs that feature light emitting diodes – also called LEDs – can help reduce your energy costs over time.  For a limited time, Riverside Public Utilities will give its customers an instant in-store rebate when they purchase LED bulbs at the Riverside ReStore.

 Here’s how it works:  

  1. RPU electric customers may visit a participating location and look for the RPU logo on any one of three LED bulbs offered through this program that are listed below. LED bulb offerings at participating stores may vary.

  2. Purchase your bulbs (limit 16) at the register and receive an instant rebate.

Cannot be combined with any other offer. For details, visit  http://www.greenriverside.com/led

By Habitat for Humanity Riverside 04 Dec, 2017

Until 12/23 at 3pm, every $20 spent at the Riverside ReStore (not including taxes) will earn one raffle ticket and every complete donation drop off will earn 5 tickets towards your choice of 4 different opportunity items, either a 60” white vanity, a red vintage style table fan, a ceiling fan or a corner fireplace entertainment unit.

Winners will be drawn & announced live on Instagram on 12/23/17 at 3pm. Follow us at:  www.instagram.com/habitatriverside

By Habitat for Humanity Riverside 11 Nov, 2017
Through December 31st, Habitat for Humanity Riverside will be promoting A Home for All Seasons , a giving campaign to support the building and preserving of safe and affordable homes for families in our communities!

Habitat for Humanity Riverside recently broke ground on  a 26 home, all veteran community in Jurupa Valley . Support this, and our other local projects by adding a $1 donation to your next ReStore purchase by pledging to a month $5 gift   online .

For information, visit www.HabitatRiverside.org/AHomeForAllSeasons
By Habitat for Humanity Riverside 09 Nov, 2017

Until 11/30 at 3pm, every $20 spent at the Riverside ReStore (not including taxes)  and every complete donation drop off earns 5 tickets towards your choice of 2 different opportunity items, either a Fountain or Entertainment/Storage Shelf!

Winners will be drawn & announced live on Instagram on 11/30/17 at 3pm. 

Promotion excludes sales and donation drop offs on 11/24/17 & 11/25/17 during our Storewide Sale for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. 

By Habitat for Humanity Riverside 01 Nov, 2017
In observance of the Holidays, the Riverside ReStore will be closed the following days in November and December: 
  • Veterans Day, November 11, 2017
  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017 for a staff Thanksgiving lunch from 12 pm - 1 pm.
  • Thanksgiving, November 23, 2017
  • Close early: Monday, November 11th at 4:30 pm
  • Christmas, December 25 & 26, 2017
  • Donation Drop Off Center Closed: December 29th, 2017
  • New Years, December 30, 2017 - January 1, 2018
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Customer service, cashiering, stocking, merchandising , inventory handling, large furniture moving a BIG PLUS.

Cashier/Merchandiser/Warehouse Position:

Strength requirement:
Medium – exerts up to 50lbs of force occasionally and /or up to 20lbs of force frequently, and/or up to 10lbs of force constantly to move objects. (Regularly) 
Heavy – exerts up to 100lbs of force occasionally, and /or up to 50lbs of force frequently, and/or up to 20lbs of force constantly to move objects. (Often) 

Warehouse/Driver’s Assistant

Strength requirement:
Heavy – exerts up to 100lbs of force occasionally, and /or up to 50lbs of force frequently, and/or up to 20lbs of force constantly to move objects.(Regularly)
Very Heavy – exerts in excess of 100lbs of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50lbs of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20lbs of force constantly to move objects. (Often) 

Availability - must be available for up to 28 hours per week between the hours of 8:30 and 6:15. Shifts of 4 to 7 hour days.

Application process open until position is filled
Applications available in store or via email request
Request/Return Application to: Cindy Tyrolt ctyrolt@riversiderestore.org with the subject line New Hire

By Habitat for Humanity Riverside 02 Oct, 2017
At our store, you’ll find discount high-end furniture, used furniture, building materials, home décor, and other unique items for any home improvement project! Our goal is to create a sustainable income stream for Habitat for Humanity Riverside while making a positive environmental impact by diverting these otherwise useful items from the landfill.
By Habitat for Humanity Riverside 14 Sep, 2017

Why recycled paint? 

Amazon Select Paints are manufactured from quality, surplus paint that Amazon collects from government, businesses, and consumers. By replacing new paint with recycled paint, resources that would have been used in making the new paint, including the energy used to make and transport the paint and minerals, chemicals, and pigments are saved. 

Using recycled content paint, prevents paint material from ending up in a landfill or, worse, down a drain. Recycled paint saves resources, saves energy, reduces pollution, and reduces landfill waste!

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