Added by on 2016-10-12

Senior technical editor Mark Powers builds a planter with a built-in trellis for a screen. (See below for a shopping list and tools.) Click here to SUBSCRIBE to the official This Old House YouTube channel: How to Attach a Trellis to a Concrete Wall: How to Make a Concrete Planter: How to Screen Large Utility Boxes with Plants: Shopping List for How to Build a Privacy Planter: – 2×4 pressure-treated boards. Get two 8-footers and three 6-footers to build the planter frame. – 5/4×6 pressure-treated decking. Get one 8-footer and two 6-footers for the floor and base – 1×6 cedar trim. Get four 8-footers and eight 6-footers to sheathe the planter and make the trellis – 5/4×6 cedar decking. Get one 8-footer and two 6-footers to make the trellis frame. – 1×3 cedar trim. Get one 8-footer and four 6-footers to make the trellis screen and rear cap trim – 2×2 cedar pickets. Get 17 4-footers for the trellis screen – 1×4 cedar trim. Get one 8-footer to make the front and side cap trim – 2-inch and 2 1/2-inch deck screws to assemble the planter frame and trellis – 1 5/8-inch stainless-steel trim-head screws to fasten the cedar boards – 3-inch-diameter casters. Get four (two locking), each rated to 250 pounds – 1/4-by-1 1/2-inch galvanized hex-head machine bolts plus washers and nuts. Get 16 of each to attach the casters – 3/8-by-4-inch galvanized carriage bolts plus washers and nuts. Get six of each to the attach the trellis to the planter – teak oil – 3/4–inch crushed stone. Get four 50-pound bags to fill the bottom of the planter – landscape fabric, to line the planter box Tools for How to Build a Privacy Planter: – miter saw – clamps – drill/driver – jigsaw to […]

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  • valacech 1 year ago

    What is the overall height of this?

  • TheHurtDoctor 1 year ago

    I guess you really have to be into woodworking to do something like this. To me it seems like it would take a huge amount of time. Even if it were a pre-cut kit, I think it still would take me hours to put together :)

  • Jon Kleis 1 year ago

    Don't use pressure treated. Use untreated cedar. 

  • ben franklin 1 year ago

    I see the shopping list but not the cut list

  • Doug Reed 1 year ago

    Was there some kind of closeout at Cedar-R-Us or something?

  • Charles Damery 1 year ago

    All his tools must be supplied by TOH, he's got too many power tools just for a weekender. Or has he ?

  • Jo Cook 1 year ago


  • James Foster 1 year ago

    Great idea. Thank you for sharing. However, do you find that plants grow well in tin cans? I've recently grown a bunch of herbs from seed. Some seeds were planted in plastic (bottle bottoms) and others were potted in tin cans. The ones in plastic have germinated and are growing well. The seeds in the tin cans haven't germinated, leading me to think that it's because of the tin.

    Nonetheless, love the idea of your tin can hanging baskets.

    Keep the great videos coming.

  • BEZBZ1 1 year ago

    Great idea!!!

  • Cody Corkern 1 year ago

    Great idea. Good way to reuse gallon paint cans too. Id paint them with a sealantto keep from rusting. 🙂 Ty sha' 

  • Pradeep Khanna 1 year ago

    great idea thanks

  • Ben Harnwell 1 year ago

    That is a great idea… saves wasting all those tin cans as well as providing other places to put your produce. I will try this one! Thanks again Huw…

  • wilmar han 1 year ago

    How long does it take before the cans start to rust away?

  • WardahTheBlaqQ 1 year ago

    Great idea! A big thumbs up from me!

  • 4ns3l 1 year ago

    cool idea, going to do this early

  • HuwsNursery - Grow Organic Produce Inexpensively 1 year ago

    Hanging closely together, thanks for watching!

  • freakygeaktwo 1 year ago

    now that' the way to reuse a can, in the end are all three tied together or just hanging closely together ? either way very nice.

  • Lee Ann Steinmetz 1 year ago

    Very nice, Huw!