Raised beds for my garden #1: New raised beds for the garden

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Blog entry by exelectrician posted 10-20-2013 03:26 AM 2829 reads 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The original raised beds are now at the end of their life. The 1 1/2” thick boards were a mixed bag of a “builders sling” from Dun Lumber. I noticed that the primed cedar facia boards lasted the longest, in fact some of them are still in very good shape, the raw unpainted construction lumber rotted first.

This is what I came up with after reading page 48 The Woodwright’s Guide by Roy Underhill.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#1 posted 10-20-2013 01:36 PM

That is a Great looking raised bed.

Love the Dove Tails.
Did you use any fasteners other than the dove tails?
Are those cedar timbers?

Thanks for sharing.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 10-20-2013 01:38 PM

Very well done. I could use these in my yard. :)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 10-21-2013 12:07 AM

Hi guys, yes they are cedar and they are just stacked in my shop to dry out for a couple of weeks and then I will paint them with oil based undercoat and latex on top of that before I reassemble them in the garden. I will use pocket screws 4 1/2” long to hold them together, also I am going to put two 3/8” threaded rods across the center to stop the boards from bellying out over time.
When I get back, I will post the jig I made to do the compound 7 degree angle cuts with my bandsaw.
Thanks for the comments.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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