stylish and low cost 55 gallon drum planters - 55 gallon drum
I would like to build some simple, low cost and attractive containers for several fruit trees that are ready to be replanted in my backyard.
Using the used 55 gallon food safety plastic bucket and some scrap wood that I cleaned up on the shaved bed, I was able to create some very basic pots for my backyard garden.
Wood is free and barrels are purchased from craigslist for $10 per piece.
The project was done in the store on a relaxing afternoon and best of all, I used my brad nailer for the first time-bonus!
In the container, I planted a Black Jack fig tree, Meyer lemon tree and an unknown variety of avocado, which I started with the seeds 6 years ago.
All in all, I think they really have my backyard neatly decorated.
I found cheap and clean old barrels on craigslist.
Although you can use a steel barrel as a structural container, you can't paste decorative strips with Brad DingTalk
This project has half of the fun, so I chose plastic buckets that are cheaper and widely used online.
I paid $10/barrel and bought two from a nice guy who used them as rain buckets, one blue and one white but just upgraded his system
Use a clamp saw with a fine tooth blade to cut off the top of one of the buckets.
To mark an even cutting line around the barrel, I just put a mark at the height I want to cut and rotate the barrel while keeping the Mark still --voila.
To make two smaller pots, not just a huge one, cut the bucket in half and don't cut off the top of the bucket, because now this will be the bottom.
Remove the barrel lip you just exposed from the wound with burrsburring tool.
This step is completely unnecessary, but it's just something good if you have the tools and time.
Use a drill bit of the right size (3/8" or larger)
, Drill many holes through the bottom of the barrel to promote good drainage.
The container garden needs to be well drained in order to provide a healthy environment for the plants that grow inside.
I want to lift the real big bucket a bit from the ground so it's easier to move around and position in my backyard.
I did this by creating two simple SKUs from 2x4 and connecting them to the full bottom
The size bucket with drywall screws and Fender washers so that they are not torn off.
The next job is to revitalize some of the old wooden mahogany slats (
Suitable for outdoor activities)
I rescued it from the garage.
I have some other scrap wood in the store so I used it too.
I first took all the boards through the planters, cleaned them up a little, and then tore them into different widths.
Next I use stop-cut them all to length
The block on the Mitter saw.
First, a long set of full-height barrels, and second, some short half-barrel --size barrels.
Plane, RIP, chop and repeat until you have a rather large pile of waste wood to decorate your bucket.
Grab a pneumatic Brad DingTalk and start shooting this place!
So far, this is the most interesting part of the build process.
Board in a random contrasting color, start to cover the plastic buckets with wooden strips and get as close to them as possible so there won't be blue
The barrel is displayed through.
Continue to work around the barrel until it is completely covered.
I used a block at the bottom of the bucket to align the wood bars so that everything could be placed on the top.
Use brads long enough so that once you pass through the batten with a nail, you have about 1/2 "of the nail sticking out of the barrel. On the full-
I just simply put each board around the barrel.
In two and a half
Size buckets for different effects, I put slats like wooden tiles on top of each other at a slight angle.
Follow the same principles as described in method 1 to stick the board, but this time just put the edge of a board on the top of the front.
Both methods have good results.
Do what you like best.
Take a hammer and bend Brad's exposed end with it on the inside of the barrel.
This will lock the board in place so that the nails do not swing and protect your hands from all the sharp nails inside the pot during the filling.
I came up with two easy ways to make the edge/top of the pot.
First, cut the edges of 8 short-segment waste wood into 22.
5 degrees so that they can form an octagonal shape at the top of the entire height barrel.
In order to get the perfect fit, a little experiment needs to be done, but it is a bit long from this piece and then cut them into the same length a little bit, I was able to create a perfect octagonal that matched my bucket.
Another way to nest shorter buckets is to simply continue with the wood tile style nesting I use on the side, at the top.
I put a short Batten first, and then in the sun-lit mode, rotated the extra board on the top.
The octagonal hat is combined with brads and glue, while the sun pattern on the shorter barrel is only required to be nailed in place with Brad's gun.
The bottom of one of my pots was originally the top of a bucket, so it had two holes that poured out the liquid.
Because the holes are too big to let the dust out of the bottom, I used some old windows
Screen material covering holes.
The pots on the ground need good drainage, so I put some small pebbles on the bottom of each pot.
It's about an inch of gravel.
Fill growers with a soil mixture, which is optimized for container ingredients.
In this case, the compost ratio and the things that drain well.
I am using the "Kellog Patio Planter Mix" I bought at my local Home Depot ".
Plant your plant/fruit/vegetable in a pan.
I planted a Black Jack fig, a Meyer lemon tree and an avocado tree, which I started with seeds 6 years ago and urgently needed a large jar.
There is more soil covering the root on the top of the plant, a layer of wood block or covering on the top floor, so that the California sun doesn't bake all the water out of the container when I water it.
Most of the slats I use are some very old mahogany tiles, so I'm not too worried about rotting and water damage outside.
Having said that, hit the plantation owner with a water suit
The exterior based on polyurethane or varnish will greatly extend the life of these pots, which is definitely a good idea if you are in a particularly humid climate.
To be safe, I may give them a coat later in the season.
Complete the plantation owner and project.