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DIY Deck Planter @Ryobi_Canada Brad Nailer Review w/ @HomeDepotCanada

My husband has a lot of tools, A LOT, but like most men, there are never enough tools. As a Journeyman Electrician and a jack-of-all trades I’m not surprised at his collection. Like most men of the trades, he has a brand that he is faithful to for one reason or another so when this RYOBI 18V ONE+™ 18GA CORDLESS BRAD NAILER arrived for review from Home Depot Canada I was surprised to see the look of excitement on his face. I assumed I would have a handy tool to do my DIY projects around the house but little did I know that it would be the Hubs tool takeover.




The day after the brad nailer arrived, I woke up early to catch Hubs trying to sneak out of the house with the tool in hand. “Where do you think you’re going with that?” I said. “I’m taking it to work to show it to the guys.” was his response. It was then that I realized the extent of his excitement and I could not stop laughing. Never in the years that I have known this man has he ever taken something I have brought into this house to work to “show it to the guys”, especially a tool from the other brand. This says it all. Now I have a long list of gift ideas for Hubs, the complete line up of RYOBI tools.




The 18V ONE+™ System introduces the next generation in cordless convenience. This 18 gauge brad nailer features AirStrike™ Technology, which eliminates the need for noisy compressors, bulky hoses or expensive gas cartridges. This means faster setup and easier maneuvering on the job site. Tackle virtually any trim job with the capacity to drive up to 700 nails per charge using the new and improved High Capacity LITHIUM+™ battery.


After building our house, and our continued DIY projects, I wanted to do a small and fun DIY project that anyone can do, a DIY deck planter. We had scrap wood lying around so this project cost us nothing to make, minus the flowers I will purchase to fill it with.



RYOBI Brad Nailer & 2″ brad nails

Saw (we used a table saw but you could use a circular hand saw)

Safety glasses, safety 1st folks! (watch those fingers & be careful)

Measuring tape

1″ x 1 1/2″ dimensional lumber (finishing wood for trim)

3/4″ pressure treated plywood, cut into pieces

wainscoting, cut into pieces

1 pint of outdoor deck paint or stain in your choice of colour

Potting soil

Flowers of choice




Step 1

Measure & cut: Measure the plywood, wainscoting and finishing trim pieces with your measuring tape, mark with a pencil and cut into pieces with your saw (make sure you have safety glasses on). Remember to practice caution and always follow safety precautions when doing any DIY projects.

Wood Sizes: PlywoodBottom 35 3/4″ L x 10″ W, Front/Back – 35 3/4″ L x 9 3/4″ H, Sides – 35 3/4″ L x 9 3/4″ H; Wainscoting – Front/Back – 36 1/4″ L x 10 1/2″ H, Sides – 10 1/2″ H x 10″ W; Trim – 1″ x 1 1/2″ dimensional lumber Front/Back(top) – 2 pieces at 37 1/4″ L, Sides(top) – 2 pieces at 8 1/2″ L.




Step 2

Using your RYOBI Brad Nailer, nail sides onto the base flush with the outside edge of the bottom, nailing approximately every 2″. Watch your fingers!




Step 3

Nail side and end pieces of wainscoting into place, flush with the edges, nailing ever 1 3/4″ (to avoid the previous nails around the frame) and across the sides and ends approximately every 4-6″ in the grooves of the wainscoting to secure it in place. We had scrap pieces of wainscoting so we used smaller pieces to make up the larger sides, as seen in the picture, but you can do this in one pieces for each side.


Baby Ro had fun helping daddy; we love to include the kids in our DIY projects and use them as teaching moments whenever possible. Clearly Baby Ro is too small to handle a brad nailer but he thinks he’s helping and taking it all in like a sponge.




Step 4

Trim: Nail the 1″ x 1 1/2″ dimensional lumber pieces around the top of the planter, flush with the inside edge.


Step 5

Paint: Using exterior paint or stain in your choice of colour, paint the entire outside of the planter, including the edges up to the pressure treated plywood to seal the regular wood from outside elements. Set aside to completely dry before filling with potting soil and your favourite flowers.




Enjoy this beautiful deck planter for years to come. What are your favourite annual flowers?


RYOBI is Impressive

I was impressed by the RYOBI ONE+ Cordless Brad Nailer – 18V for the easy of use and light weight compact design. One of the main positives is the portability and convenience of the cordless tool, no cords, no air cartridges to drag around and the long life of the Lithium battery had more than enough power to do this project and more. The 18-Volt One plus Lithium battery lasts 4x longer than others, charges faster and fits every tool in the RYOBI line-up; now that’s just a smart use of technology.


The nail driver leaves a smaller hole than some other brad nailers we have tried, leaving less hole to fill and drives 2″ brad nails with no effort. Additionally the light on the tool is placed strategically for getting into low-light tight areas so you can see what your doing and be precise, ie. inside cupboards. This light also flashes to warn you when your battery is getting low, reminding you to charge. The toggle switch allows you to switch between a single shot or multiple shot settings. As someone who uses a lot of tools, compressors and cords, Hubs was impressed with the powerful AirStrike™ Technology that provides him the freedom to move about without the hassle but not without the power of a corded nailer.


If you are looking for a last minute Father’s Day gift or a gift idea for that handy-person in your life, head to your closest Home Depot for this RYOBI Brad Nailer.


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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was provided with product for my honest review; all opinions are 100% my own.


3 comments on “DIY Deck Planter @Ryobi_Canada Brad Nailer Review w/ @HomeDepotCanada”

  1. Love this planter project! And I also like how you could move the planter anywhere and it would still look fabulous! Great project! This is easy enough that my husband could do it…and he is sooo not a DIY guy! lol! Angie xo

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  3. Thanks for the inspiration – they look for crisp and fresh with the wainscoting <3

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