Our neighbours were downsizing and we inherited a set of Ikea solid wood bed slats from their storage. The wood can make a good shelving unit but we ended up with this ‘box’ which could very well be a pretty planter box, although I made it a seat / storage box. It is quite simple to make and didn’t need much measuring as the pieces of wood were all either 1/2 or 1/3 of the lengths (unless you want to make it bigger).
What you’ll need:
Bench (to work on)
Set square (to make sure that the joins are roughly at right angles)
Make the bottom first. Then the 2 longer sides. Attach the 2 longer sides to the bottom. Then make the 2 shorter sides and attach them to the bottom and the other 2 sides, to complete the box (without lid). Lastly make the lid. And there you have upcycled the wood, that you so often see thrown out or destined to be firewood!
I don’t have very detailed instructions because there wasn’t really a plan…I just made it up as I went along. It was based on this planter box idea. The pictures should give you a good idea what to do. Please ask if you have any questions.