DIY Vintage Style Seed Box | Stuff.co.nz

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You will need

1 pallet

Resene Wood & Deck Cleaner

1 x small pack of 8g x 35mm general purpose wood screws

A piece of cardboard for the internal dividers

4 x 64mm butt hinges

1 cabinet handle 115 mm

Tape measure

Pencil

Circular saw or handsaw

Jigsaw or handsaw

speed square

Quick clamps

Drill and 4mm bit

Screwdriver

Paint brushes

Steel wool for aging paint effect

Cutting list

Doors: 2 x 360mm x 120mm x 20mm

Long sides: 2 x 320mm x 120mm x 20mm

Base and short ends: 5 x 260 mm x 120 mm x 20 mm

Center divider 1 x 320mm x 140mm x 20mm

paint colors

Resene Parsley

Resene Turbo

Resene Green Slate Paint

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Step 1: Clean the pallet wood

Clean the pallet wood with Resene Timber and Deck Wash.

JACOB LEAF/NZ GARDENER/Stuff

Clean the pallet wood with Resene Timber and Deck Wash.

Use Resene Timber and Deck Wash. Lay your palette on a flat surface. With a handsaw or circular saw, cut the decking boards at the edges of the stringers, run the saw as close to the stringers as possible to cut the most wood from the pallet. Cut the wood to size according to the cut list above.

Step 2: Cut the Channels

The channels will need to be as wide as the cardboard to fit properly.

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The channels will need to be as wide as the cardboard to fit properly.

These are for the internal cardboard dividers. Use a saw to cut corresponding 5mm deep channels in one side of each of the long side boards and both sides of the center divider board.

Step 3: Assemble the box

Hold the long sides and short sides together with speed pliers, then drill pilot holes and screw together.  Fix the plinths, drill pilot holes and screw the plinths.

JACOB LEAF/NZ GARDENER/Stuff

Hold the long sides and short sides together with speed pliers, then drill pilot holes and screw together. Fix the plinths, drill pilot holes and screw the plinths.

Turn the box upside down and position the middle divider panel vertically and centrally, then drill and screw it in place.  It will sit approximately 20mm higher than the outer sections of the box, but once the lid pieces are attached and closed the center divider will line up with the lid pieces.  Cut and fit the internal cardboard dividers to fit into the channels.

JACOB LEAF/NZ GARDENER/Stuff

Turn the box upside down and position the middle divider panel vertically and centrally, then drill and screw it in place. It will sit approximately 20mm higher than the outer sections of the box, but once the lid pieces are attached and closed the center divider will line up with the lid pieces. Cut and fit the internal cardboard dividers to fit into the channels.

Attach the hinges to the lid pieces, then attach the lid pieces to the box.  Attach the handle to the center of the center divider.

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Attach the hinges to the lid pieces, then attach the lid pieces to the box. Attach the handle to the center of the center divider.

Step 4: Paint your seed box

After painting, if you want an aged look, scrub it with steel wool.

JACOB LEAF/NZ GARDENER/Stuff

After painting, if you want an aged look, scrub it with steel wool.

I painted my base green, directly on the unprimed wood, then wrote an old fashioned sign on top of it. The inside of the lid pieces have been painted with green chalkboard paint to create a reusable writing surface for categorizing seeds. For an aged effect, I rubbed it with steel wool.

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