Wooden Planter Design

Carpenter built planter construction lasts 3 to 5 years, DeepStream’s wooden planter will last for decades as they are engineered with marine anodized aluminum legs and frame, using the principles of sustainable designs, giving the lowest cost of ownership over time and backed with a Lifetime Structural Warranty.

If you’re an owner or manager of a property where a wooden planter will be placed give serious consideration to planter construction techniques. Consider what it will mean in terms of cost and disruption to go back and replace or repair carpenter built planters, especially on rooftops and balconies, every 3 – 5 years.

7 year old unmaintained wooden planter before sanding

7 year old unmaintained wooden planter before sanding

7 year old plank before and after sanding

Before and After: planks from the same 7 year old planter after sanding and before re-waterproofing

With DeepStream’s wooden planter design all parts are replaceable making maintenance and repairs quick and easy.

wooden planter construction 7 year old wood planter after refinishing

The same 7 year old wooden planter after sanding .014″ off the face and re-waterproofing

Wood on wood planter construction uses carpentry techniques that fasten wood to wood, and planters tear themselves apart with the expansive forces that wood exerts through repeated wet and dry cycles.

deteriorating carpenter built wood planter

deteriorating carpenter built wood planter

Why? Each plank of a wooden planter is cut from a different part of the tree ,or even different trees. This means each plank has its own differential rate of expansion, splitting, and warping when wetted. This makes dimensional stability using standard wood-on-wood construction in two dimensions impossible to maintain over time, and shipbuilding techniques and maintenance are far too costly for planter construction.

In addition, most wood planters lack adequate isolation from the soil and the deck or sidewalk, which promotes fresh water rot.

rotting carpenter-built wood planter

rotting carpenter-built wood planter

For centuries, wood dowels have been inserted into holes drilled into rock, then soaked with water. The expansion force of the wood is thus harnessed to crack blocks off marble and granite for construction, even though the blocks are hundreds of times thicker than the thin wooden dowel. This is the same actionat work on a carpenter built wood planter.

deteriorating carpenter-built wood planter

deteriorating carpenter-built wood planter

DeepStream uses proprietary marine anodized legs and stainless steel fasteners to clamp the wood and direct the expansionary forces up the channel so that the wood can expand and contract at different rates without affecting the planter’s structural integrity.

wooden planter design

DeepStream’s Trademark proprietary extruded aluminum leg is engineered to direct the woods expansionary forces preventing structural failure while making restoration quick and cost effective for decades of use in high visibility locations for the lowest cost of ownership over time

Unless directed to do so by a customer, DeepStream never uses paint or powder coating, which will fail after 3-5 years.

7 year old Mariner leg

Virtually blemish free 7 year old proprietary marine anodized aluminum leg after simply wiping down with mineral spirits

The commercial grade rigid plastic liners, mounted on an independent aluminum frame, contain the soil and prevent contact between the soil and the wood, preventing rot.

Container Gardening: commercial grade garden planter liners

Container Gardening: commercial grade garden planter liners

Marine anodized aluminum legs are protected and galvanically isolated from a wet deck by using plastic, HDPE, feet.

Even stainless steel fasteners are galvanically isolated by using a proprietary dielectric paste so that they may be removed easily years later to replace parts or refinish the planter easily. the before and after pictures of the 7 year old planter shown in pictures above only had the original coat of factory waterproofing and no maintenance.  The “fresh” look was achieved by sanding off just.014” of the 3/4″ thick planks exterior.

For even lower maintenance cost and greater longevity consider ordering DeepStream’s recycled plastic lumber planters and do your part to save the World’s tropical hardwood rain forests.

Large Wooden Planter: comparing real wood to recycled plastic lumber

Large Wooden Planter: comparing real wood to recycled plastic lumber

About DeepStream

DeepStream handcrafts aesthetically-pleasing weatherproof designs which minimize environmental impact through timeless design, material selection, and rugged construction using the principles of Sustainable Design. Lifetime-Structural-Warranty, all parts replaceable and recyclable. Purchases support the non-profit Trees for the Future
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