Before I continue on with how I made them, I'd like to first make sure that you're aware of the dangers of using the wrong pallet wood for your projects. Pallets are essentially wooden platforms that are used for transporting goods all across the world. To ensure that foreign pests are not spread from region to region, pallets are either sprayed with insecticides/fungicides or they are heat treated. You definitely don't want to use wood that's been chemically treated if you're going to bring it into the house or use it for outdoor furniture or planters. You can avoid them by keeping an eye out for a stamp that you will find on every pallet. If you see the initials 'DB MB' it means it's been chemically treated and if you see 'DB HT' it's just been sterilized with heat.
Now on to the tutorial! I also have a YouTube tutorial video for this project so please check it out if anything is unclear. The materials and tools I used are:
1 Wooden Pallet - with seven planks across the front
Additional piece of wood for the handles - width of 13/16"/2cm and a height of 1.5"/3.8cm
Electric screwdriver & stainless steel screws
Ruler / Measuring tape
T Square - this is a tool that helps create square (90 degree) edges
To line the trug to use as a planter: plastic lining and a staple gun. Scissors to trim the excess plastic.
If you'd like to make two trugs, like I've done, find a pallet that has seven or more planks across the front side. Using a jigsaw, cut the planks off as you see in the photo below. At the end you'll have fourteen smaller planks from the front side.
My pallet had planks of two different widths of the seven original planks, the top, bottom and middle ones were slightly taller than the other four. These taller pieces I've used for the sides of my trugs and the eight other planks make up the bottoms.
You'll see in the below photo that the planks that were cut off only account for part of the project and that the second trug is missing two of its sides. No worries because you can flip the pallet over and take more wood off the back.
Once cut I then measured each piece out and cut it to the specs listed below. The width of my A pieces was 16"/41cm if that helps you to make your own. Your wood might be differently sized so I've just left general measurements rather than exact.
I also need to point out that the handle for my trugs is the only piece of wood that did not come from the pallet. It has a thickness of 13/16"/2cm and a height of 1.5"/3.8cm.