Modular Raised Garden Beds

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Project by robscastle posted 10-03-2014 09:22 AM 2043 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a task to improve the garden beds from the Chief

As I had a stash of lumber next to the fence I set to work.

I cut the stock into 24 pieces 12×800mm and12 x 1000mm
Ran them through the saw to true them all up.
I initally tried to cut the rabbet in with the table saw but gave that idea away very quickly.

I made a jig, and its a basic item that slips over the ends of the 1000mm pieces and with a straight edge bit with a patern following bearing I cut the rabbets in too easy.

The it was a simple tap together and insert screws.

I used decking screws to assembe them and found I needed to lubricate the screws so they would go in without burning out my drill.

A fairly weighty project ( at 25Kgs each) and not the usual run of the mill boxes in fact I almost crushed a finger in the assembly process.

No chance of anybody nicking them!

Timber Used:

Not sure what it was possily an oak or a gum, Its definately a hardwood, .. I know one was a piece of Jarrah as soon as you pick the sucker up you know its something different, even the saw feed rate was noticably slower.
Have a look at the seventh picture and make a valued guestimate

the timber was a “collect and its yours” so no direct cost there.
Screws $22.00 and a good half a day to prepare and construct


Table saw
Drop Saw
Screw driver drill
Router and associated bit
Custom made jig.

Along with the usual mark out and measuring items.

an additional picture showing the rabbet.

All that needs to be done now is the final positioning by “The Boss” and fill them up with soil.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 10-03-2014 09:43 AM

great build robert

what holds all the layers to each other
do you have an upright corner inside
with screws back to the sides

or maybe hand mortised pegs
hidden in the edges :)

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 10-03-2014 10:41 AM

Hello David

I will have to secure them once we get them into position, some wooden fish plates attached inside screwed to one half were the thought

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 10-03-2014 11:04 AM

Great idea. I now have 4 of these and it is the only way to garden if you use a wheelchair, a scooter or just have back problem that make bending over painful. I have built mine from old pallet lumber and a nail gun puts these thing together quickly. Constant watering cause the soil inside to stay somewhat moist but my first one is over 4 years old and not showing any signs of rot. I know they won’t last forever but maybe the use of treated timbers might lengthen the life on them. I like the pallets as the lumber is free…..and all the right sizes, 1” x 6” boards and 4” x 4” for corners and legs. I build them as to the pallet sizes rather than cut all the boards to special sizes. It is a great way to garden.

And it is suited to me as I am the woodworker and the gardener. It gives me inside and outside “man caves”. Wife stays out of both. She just sits back and enjoys the things I make and the things I grow.

And isn’t this the reason that brides wear white? So they will blend in with the other kitchen appliances!!!!

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#4 posted 10-03-2014 12:21 PM

didn’t know fish ate off of plates robert
learn something new every day
had a lizard drinking water off a saucer
the other day
my new shop dog

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 10-03-2014 12:47 PM

They look real good Robert.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 10-03-2014 01:36 PM

nice work so you going to add bench between them.

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#7 posted 10-03-2014 04:57 PM

Nice planters!

Do you just stack the individual sections as high as you want the planter to be, put in the soil, & plant away?!

... without anything holding the sections together??

COOL use of old wood…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#8 posted 10-03-2014 09:19 PM

Hey its Saturday Morning here in QLD and what a surprise when I had a coffee and read some emails.

Lots of great unexpected comment have been attached, so I thought it best to reply to everybody.

OldWrangler: I would like to see your planters if you have any pictures, I think Pallet timber is a smaller version of what I built. I understand the bending over bit as they were begining to tire me just building them hence the almost crushed finger! White humm tut tut better make sure the wife does not read your post or you will be “smokin” the tires on your cart!! Hey you must live somewhere near PASs?

David M:

Fish plates are also used to eat fish fingers on, I have never actualy seen a fish with hands let alone fingers so I am not sure where they come from… could be a result of a hot spring overseas somewhere!

Lizards, I also have a workshop lizard, it lives amoungst the timber and I some times see its tail hanging down or its lying on my bike tyre, its a Water dragon, and has been here for years you can walk down the stairs and as long as you dont spook it it will just watch you go past.

Mike: Thanks, as we are both getting older the bending over in the garden is getting less, so it was an alternative.
It will be interesting to see if it works out OK

David D: A bench, it would be nice to have enough room for a bench, but thats all the land we have, and as we enjoy the birds visiting and the huge Tree fern at the right has been there longer than me so both will stay. Otherwise everything would get leveled and some sort of workshop would appear in the same location.

Joe: I will secure the frame internally as we position them and fill with soil. Currently they are so heavy I can only just lift one comfortably so they are just sitting on top of each other, its a suck it and see I guess.

In closing, Its nice to have common interest friends from all parts of the world and to be able to communicate back and forth so easly !

-- Regards Rob

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#9 posted 04-27-2018 06:15 AM

one has gone in the council cleanup Apr 2018

-- Regards Rob

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