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Reusing heavy duty metal roofing panels for planters.

 
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About five years ago I got twenty sheets of these heavy duty galvanized roofing panels.  They were used, had screw holes in them, and only cost me I think $50 for all twenty sheets.  They are 11' long by about 3' wide.  At Home Depot I think they sell for about $36 each, last time I checked.  Again, these are the heavy duty panels, not the lighter duty ones that can be had for about half the price.

Just about three years ago, I decided to make a border planter box along my long driveway using them since I hadn't used them for anything yet.

I first considered cutting the metal into 12" sections by 11', and then building a frame out of wood to screw them to.  The more I thought about it, the more I realized if I could bend the sections, they'd make a perfect "canoe", and would need a minimal amount of extra material to keep them squared up like a planter.

The only materials used were the panels, seven of them bent in two places, about 220' of cheap 1" X 1/2" furring strips, some caulking to make the seems look better when the panels overlap, some screws, and some paint.

I think the pictures will explain it better.

Never seen this done before this way.  They are holding up great, although I didn't do a great paint job on the furring strips so the paint is flaking off now.

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First bend just along the seem that is around 1/3 the panel. Nothing special needed, but it's difficult my yourself.
First bend just along the seem that is around 1/3 the panel. Nothing special needed, but it's difficult my yourself.
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Second bend, again, just along a seam that's already there.
Second bend, again, just along a seam that's already there.
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I also bent little flaps at the very top so that I could use self tapping sheet rock screws to attach the wood to the metal.
I also bent little flaps at the very top so that I could use self tapping sheet rock screws to attach the wood to the metal.
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Laying the pieces out.
Laying the pieces out.
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Drainage slits cut in the bottom.
Drainage slits cut in the bottom.
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All drainage slits cut in....errr...out.
All drainage slits cut in....errr...out.
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Rodent proofing the slits.
Rodent proofing the slits.
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Roughed in frame just to hold the pieces mainly square as I laid them out and overlapped them.
Roughed in frame just to hold the pieces mainly square as I laid them out and overlapped them.
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All wood pieces in, caulked the holes, and the seams where the pieces overlap. Painted/screwed down.
All wood pieces in, caulked the holes, and the seams where the pieces overlap. Painted/screwed down.
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In use and growing stuff. Each cube is exactly one cubic foot, ended up with 69 total.
In use and growing stuff. Each cube is exactly one cubic foot, ended up with 69 total.
 
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Nice work! Those came out great :D
 
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S,

That’s really nice work there!  You have taken a small amount of space and turned it into a surprisingly large amount of garden.  Great!

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Interesting!

I have a whole pile of those too, and a daughter who wants metal raised beds in her yard...

I will share with her.
 
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Great idea.  Thanks for the post.
 
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