make a planter of scaffolding wood

Scaffolding furniture for outside is widely available in many different styles and sizes. The wood is very popular thanks to its sturdy and robust appearance. For you, as a do-it-yourselfer, scaffolding wood is a lovely material to work with because it’s easily transformed into furniture, or other objects, for indoors and outdoors. Scaffolding wood is easy to work with. The wood is slightly rougher in appearance because it has natural imperfections. Therefore, small errors don’t ruin the end result of your project.

In this blog, we will give you some tips on making your own planter out of scaffolding wood. We will tell you what you need when it comes to wood, materials and tools, and give you an overall construction plan for your planter. Equally important is giving your planter the right protection against all weather conditions. The wood will have to endure the elements, and to protect the already weathered scaffolding wood from perishing unnecessarily quick, there luckily is a good solution.

What is scaffolding wood and what can you do with it?

waterproof and protect scaffolding wood with woodcon

Scaffolding wood is untreated pine, roughly sawed and not planed, and is originally used in construction, as a walking board between scaffolds. Because it is not processed, it starts to turn gray after about half a year due to weathering. When being used in construction, the planks turn even grayer through spilled cement, and pulverized gravel causes reddening.

The scaffolding wooden planks get their characteristic appearance during this process. This makes them especially popular for all kinds of applications, from robust furniture to utensils, for both outdoors and indoors. Because the boards used in construction are more scarce and expensive, you can also buy newly made scaffolding boards. These may be entirely new or already slightly graying, and are perfectly suited for the do-it-yourselfer, even though they look less authentic.

Garden furniture made of scaffolding wood is available in all different kinds and sizes. But because it is enjoyable to work with, it’s a fun challenge to start a project with as a do-it-yourselfer. One of the simplest projects to start with is a square or rectangular wooden planter.


Construction plan for a scaffolding wooden planter

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The right tools.

The do-it-yourselfer who wants to create a planter of scaffolding wood, will find a great construction plan here (NL). Based on the drawing and the instructions, you can create a rectangular scaffolding planter of 39 cm wide, 85 cm long, and a 63 cm high (check the drawing for the exact sizes). These dimensions are obviously easy adaptable to your own preferences. Below we only outline the global construction plan, we like to refer to the link for a more detailed construction plan.

Planks needed:

  • The wood you need for a planter is 4 scaffolding wooden boards (30 x 195 mm) of 250 cm. In addition, a wide strip (30 x 62 mm) of 250 cm long and a narrow square strip (30 x 30), also 250 cm long.
  • The scaffolding wooden planks are sawn into pieces of the appropriate length and are used for the sides and the bottom of the planter.
  • The narrow square connection strips are also cut to size. We use these connection slats for the construction of the inside of the planter.
  • The wider connecting strips are cut to size to be used for the wooden frame edge, or on top of the planter.
  • You only need screws, so a good (electric) screwdriver and a saw are sufficient for this job.

Protecting your planter of scaffolding wood.

Protect wood against water with Woodocn

You can now put the self-built planter in the garden, but it actually needs one more thing. Sun, water, and other influences, have free play on the scaffolding wood. The scaffolding wood gets its appearance because it has been untreated and left outdoors. This leads to deterioration and discoloration which creates the distinctive look and feel. But when the wood has its beautiful appearance, it is wise to start protecting the wood from the elements. Only this way will the planter of scaffolding wood last in your garden for a long time.


Durable scaffolding wood

To fully waterproof your valuable scaffolding wood, Woodcon is the best solution.

Impregnate wood with Woodcon

Rough scaffolding wood treated with Woodcon.

Woodcon settles around the fibers of the wood and makes the scaffolding wood of your planter completely waterproof, all thanks to an invisible coating in and on the wooden surface. The impregnation will not let go of the scaffolding wood unlike conventional paints or coatings, which eventually will. There are no flaking layers, and cracks or flaking cannot occur. The result is a scaffolding wooden planter which is protected from the elements, without the surface getting a glossy or wet look, and the fine texture of the wood remaining unchanged. The authentic look of scaffolding wood with knots, veins and gray coloring remain fully intact.


A brush, paint roller, sponge, or low pressure spray suffice to apply Woodcon and therefore the product is the perfect choice for the do-it-yourselfer, more so because its people and environmentally friendly. Woodcon is non-toxic and non-flammable. Woodcon itself has a flame retardant effect. Woodcon will completely make wood waterproof. After treatment your scaffolding wooden planter will be completely protected from the elements in your garden. Incidentally Woodcon helps the planter stay free of debris, algae, moss and wood fungi. With Woodcon you are guaranteed a durable and protected scaffolding wooden planter.


  • Woodcon makes every wood-surface water repellent without discoloring or changing the texture of the wood.
  • Available in  1 / 2,5 / 5 / 10 / 25 Liter.
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scaffolding wood - planter - foil

As a last step, it is useful to cover the inside of the planter with foil. Although the inside is already protected by Woodcon, the foil keeps the wood from coming in direct contact with water, soil and roots. The foil also ensures soil cannot leak from the planter through the gaps that are sometimes inevitable with scaffolding wood.

Have fun with your own planter made of scaffolding wood!