If using a pallet the board sizes may vary and with new timber the dimensions may be slightly different. As a guide, standard trug is based on the following measurements:

■ 1 x base board – 50cm x 15cm x 1.5cm thick.

■ 2 x sides boards – 50cm x 12cm x 1.5cm thick.

■ 2 x end boards – 25cm x 15cm x 1.5cm thick.

■ 1 x handle – about 48cm x 3cm diameter.

■  16 x 5cm wood screws.

■  Paint or wood stain of your choice.


MAKE A GARDEN TRUG. Step by step

STEP 1: Measure the wooden boards to the required length and use a set square to make sure the cuts are square.

STEP 2: Fix the side boards to the base, by pre-drilling a pilot hole and then screwing firmly together.

STEP 3: Using a pencil, mark the angle of the end boards and the height position of the handle.

STEP 4: Use the wood saw to cut the end boards to the correct shape, taking care to get an even and straight cut.

STEP 5: Mark the centre of the handle on top of the end board and drill a small pilot hole ready for repair.

STEP 6: Place the shaped end boards between the sides and then drill and screw them into position.

STEP 7: Measure accurately the space between the tops of the end planks and cut the dowel handle to span.

STEP 8: Fix the handle into place by screwing through the pilot hole in the outside of the plank into the end of the dowel.

STEP 9: Give the assembled trug a really good sand down to make sure the boards are smooth with no sharp edges.

STEP 10: Finish off the trug by painting or staining it the colour of your choice. For best results give two coats.

Top tips

■ On new or reclaimed timber it is always best to pre-drill all the holes before screwing the boards together to prevent the wood from splitting.

■ Avoid using boards any thicker than 1.5cm, otherwise the trug will look bulky and be heavy.

■ If using a pallet and the wood is wet, after dismantling allow the boards time to dry out undercover for several days. This will make the wood easier to sow end also reduce any shrinkage once the trug has been made.

■ If the finished trug is going to live outside, drill a few holes in the base to allow water to drain out.

■ If buying new wood to make your trug, consider buying pressure-treated timber so that it will last for many years.

■ A length of old curtain pole is perfect for the handle, or you could use a length of square timber with the corners sanded down.

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