First project post-recycled compost bins

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Project by ksubenny posted 07-03-2013 06:57 AM 1460 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Figured might as well start small and work up on project posts here, so tonight I started and finished the first one I’ll share, a (2) bin compost setup that was placed back by the garden. Project was conceived yesterday evening and since it showered this afternoon and changed my plans figured might as well do it tonight after work… 2 hours later this is what I have.

All lumber was recycled from a barn that was torn down on my property and is in the process of being cleaned up, pine tongue and groove siding planks for the sides and dividers and douglas fir framing was used for the corner posts, screws were from that container we all have of misc screws that were swept off the work bench on that day you’re cleaning the shop. A minimal amount of processing was done, chainsaw cut the necessary boards to rough length and screwed them together, occasionally glancing at a tape measure. Ground it’s on is sloped a fair amount for being only 6’ wide which will hopefully help with keeping the piles from collecting too much moisture but did make the first couple pieces a bit more challenging

Rough dimensions are each bin is 3’ wide by 3’ deep and the planking goes up to roughly 36 or 40” tall on the sides and back, after we get a bit more educated and practiced on it might see about a couple removable front slats to pull in and out as the stuff gets deeper. Posts on the back were left long sorta on purpose, may put a few more planks on the back and put a small overhang/shed roof on it to help keep heavy rain off the pile and to possibly make a place to hang the pitchfork and shovel to be used for turning/aerating the pile and keep them out of the weather.

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#1 posted 07-03-2013 12:07 PM

Hey – Good idea and reuse of materials. I did a similar one with old cedar deck boards. Thanks for posting.

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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#2 posted 07-04-2013 01:49 AM

That is a lot like what I built… had a big hunk of a tree fall on it a few weeks ago in a storm and beat the %&%^!#$^#$ out of it though…. just one more thing on my ENDLESS todo list….

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