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Stained timber planter

It’s easy to create this simple timber planter using fence palings and Resene Woodsman penetrating wood stain.

Ways with wood with Mark Rayner - Project 27

Difficulty level: Moderate

You will need: 150mm x 25mm treated fence palings cut to the following lengths: six at 1200mm, four at 365mm, four 200mm and four 52mm x 52mm x 190mm right angle nail plates, 50mm galvanised jolt head nails, 25mm galvanised flat head nails, circular saw, drill wth large drill bit, hammer, paintbrush, pencil, exterior PVA glue, sandpaper, tape measure and turps for washing brush. Resene Woodsman solventborne penetrating oil stain tinted to Resene Totem Pole.

To get the look: Mark painted the background house wall with Resene Lumbersider tinted to Resene Pale Prim and planted up the planter with a selection of hotcoloured marigolds.

Other ideas: For a cool black finish try Resene Woodsman Penetrating Oil Stain tinted to Resene Pitch Black.

Step 1
Step one
Measure and cut the timber to the dimensions as listed above, and smooth any rough edges with sandpaper.
Step 2
Step two
Attach two of the 1200mm lengths to two of the 365mm lengths, forming an elongated rectangle, as shown. Fix at each corner with PVA glue and 50mm nails.
Step 3
Step three
Repeat step two to form a second rectangle, as shown.
Step 4
Step four
Reinforce each corner using the right angle nail plates and 25mm nails, as shown.
Step 5
Step five
Using the PVA glue and 50mm nails, attach a 200mm piece of timber along the centre of each inner side, approximately 60mm from the bottom edge, as shown.
Step 6
Step six
Turn the planter upside down and fit the remaining two lengths of timber to form the base, as shown. Fix into place with PVA glue and 50mm nails.
Step 7
Step seven
Drill six large drainage holes in the bottom, as shown.
Step 8
Step eight
Apply two coats of Resene Totem Pole to the entire planter, allowing 24 hours for each coat to dry.

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