This step by step diy project is about vertrug planter plans. I have designed this small raised garden bed so you can grow vegetables and other plants on your own deck or patio. You can easily adjust the size of the planters to suit your needs. See all my raised planter bed plans HERE. Make sure you use cedar or other weather resistant lumber. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.
Projects made from these plans
Raised Trough Planter Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 30″ long, 1 piece – 23″ long 2xFRAME
- B – 3 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 36″ long BOTTOM
- C – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 33″ long, 2 pieces – 36″ long FRAME
- D – 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 19 3/4″ long SUPPORTS
- E – 10 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 36″ long PLANTER
- F – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 34″ long, 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 36″ long TRIMS
- G – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 22 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 19 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 15 3/4″ long ENDS
How to build a raised trough planter
The first step of the project is to build the frames for the raised trugh planter. Cut the components from 2×4 lumber, as shown in the diagram. Drill poket holes at both ends of the horizontal support and then secure it to the legs with 2 1/2″ screws. Align the edges with attention and make sure the corners are square.
Fit the 2×4 horizontal slats to the 3 frames. Plumb the frames with a spirit level and then secure the bottom slats into place with 2 1/2″ screws, after drilling pilot holes. Center the slats into place tightly and align the edges flush.
Use 2×2 lumber for the side supports. Use a saw to make the angle cuts and then smooth the edges with sandpaper.
Fit the supports to the frame of the raised garden bed. Drill pilot holes at both ends of the supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the frames to lock them into place tightly.
Use 2×6 lumber for the top frame. Cut the components at the dimensions shown in the diagram, and secure them into place with 2 1/2″ screws. Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Leave no gaps between the slats to get a proper result.
Fit the 1×4 slats to form the raised planter box. Align the edges at both ends and then secure them into place with 1 5/8″ screws.
Fit 1×4 slats to the sides of the planter. Use a saw to make the angle cuts then lock them into place with 1 5/8″ screws. Leave no gaps between slats for a professional result.
Fit the top trims to the vegtrug planter. Use 1×6 lumber and 1×2 lumber for the trims. Align the edges with attention and insert 2″ nails and glue.
This small raised trough planter is very easy to build and it is ideal for any backyard. Make sure you use weather resistant lumber for the component so they can withstand the weather elements.
Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes and the dents with wood putty and then smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. See all my raised garden bed plans HERE.
This woodworking project was about raised trough plans free. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions to obtain a professional result.