Build your own Veg Trug inspired planters - our free plans include step by step diagrams, cut list and shopping list. This is a simple plan - no pocket holes required!
This plan is for the wall hugger version that can be placed flat to a wall. Let us know if you are interested in other versions and sizes.
Recommend cedar or other rot resistant wood
3 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
4 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long (if you are careful with your cuts you could use 2 - 1x4 @ 12 feet long instead)
6 - 1x6 cedar fence pickets (NOT dogeared if possible)
150 - 2" long exterior self tapping wood screws
3 - 2x2 @ 28-3/8" - front legs
3 - 2x2 @ 30-1/4" - back legs
8 - 1x4 @ 18" - front to back supports
3 - 2x2 @ 20-7/8" - long point to long point, one end cut at 35 degrees off square, other end cut at 55 degrees off square
1 - 1x4 @ 73" - top trim
5 - 1x6 @ 71-1/2" - planter sides
1 - 1x4 @ 71-1/2" - planter top back
2 - 1x6 @ 17-1/4" - longest point measurement, one end cut at 35 degrees off square
2 - 1x6 @ 13" - longest point measurement, one end cut at 35 degrees off square
Layout one short 2x2 leg and one long 2x2 leg.
Place a 1x4 @ 18" on top and make sure the legs are the right distance apart.
Attach with 2" screws, two screws per joint.
If your wood is splitting, try using a smaller shaft screw, or predrilling.
Repeat for three legs total.
Cut the cross support.
If your miter saw does not cut at a 55 degree angle, you can also cut with a circular saw. You'll need to mark the 55 degree angle using a carpenter's square first.
You can also scribe the cut - just place the uncut 2x2 along side it's final location, mark the cuts, then cut your marks and fit.
Attach the cross supports with 2" screws.
Finish each of the three leg sets by attaching the final 1x4 board to the open side of the legs with 2" screws.
On the two outer legs, attach 1x4s to the top. Note that the top on the front leg will overextend - just make sure the distance is equal between the lower 1x4 all the way across.
Attach the front 1x4 to the 2x2 legs and 1x4 ends with 2" screws.
Lay a cedar fence picket in the bottom of the veg trug frame. Screw down. You can use 1-1/4" screws or 2" screws.
It is important to work your way up in a specific order so you have room to operate your drill.
We recommend laying out all of the remaining boards, and dry fitting to check for even gaps (sometimes fence pickets can vary in widths).
Attach with 1-1/4" or 2" screws.
Repeat for the next angled cedar fence picket.
Repeat for the next vertical fence picket.
Repeat for the next angled fence picket.
Attach 1x4 to top to finish out the top rail.
Add the last cedar fence picket, attach to the 2x2 and also attach into the back of the front 1x4 where possible.
Cut and fit the side pieces. Attach with 2" screws to the sides.