Raised Garden Bed

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Project by CMC06 posted 04-07-2014 02:20 PM 6298 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So my neighbor asked me to help him with a project for his wife. She was asking for a raised garden that she had found on Pinterest. So with a picture I texted over a materials list so he could go buy the materials and we could get started that afternoon, because evidently it was an emergency!! HA.

We used treated lumber, we could have used cedar, but since the plants can’t get to the treated lumber I would still call it ORGANIC. We used pocket holes to attach the vertical pieces. All the corners are mitered. Once the four sides were built we installed the corrugated metal roof as the side panels. There was a gap (Pic 2) in the corners, so we bent some galvanized flashing to fill the gap (pic 3). To bend the flashing I screwed it to a 2×4 (Pic 4) and beat on it with a rubber mallet (Pic 5) rotating the 2×4 so that I could get the flashing shaped in to a 90° corner.

The final dimensions of the raised bed are 4’ by 8’ by 26”. Now to get the ben in its final location before he gets it filled with 2 cubic yards of gardening soil, which only fills up about 20” of the 26” of height.

In the end she was happy! Hope you enjoy our ~4 hr project.

-- CMC06

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#1 posted 04-07-2014 04:29 PM

interesting. I have never seen metal used inside a frame before. kinda neat idea. If it were mine, I would like a 2×6 frame around the top, so I could sit and work at weeding, or planting, etc.

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#2 posted 04-07-2014 10:52 PM

Nice save! Your neighborhood loves you.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#3 posted 04-08-2014 12:45 PM

Can I ask you what the cost was for the bed in materials?

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#4 posted 04-08-2014 01:18 PM

I do not really know as I did not buy the materials. The material list I had my neighbor by was:

10- 2” x 4” treated (could substitute cedar but would increase the $$)
3 – 8’ x 26” corrugated metal roof (two were trimmed for the long sides and one was cut in half for the ends)
2.5” coated screws for the pocket holes and bracing
1.25” coated screws to attach the metal to the inside

You will also need something to fill the gaps in the corners. The picture that I copied used wood but I used metal, see link:

After we were finished we decided that a 1” x 4” or 1” x 2” needed to be added to the inside of the top to cover the metal edge. Just to keep the kids/anyone from cutting themselves on the metal.

-- CMC06

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