{Part 1} How To Build A Raised Garden Bed

Ever since we got our fence for Christmas I’ve been wanting to build raised garden beds for gardening. Ever since we moved in together we’ve maintained a container garden that consisted of fresh herbs, tomatoes, bell peppers, and jalapenos. We’ve done remarkably well with maintaining those, and with that being said I felt it was time we graduate to a true garden with a wide variety of plants. I started brainstorm with Mr. Woodsy (and bugging him day after day) until he finally cracked and rounded up some wood we had laying around.

Supplies:

(8) 2 x 8 (8-ft long, each)Pressure Treated Lumber

(8) 4×4 (6-inches long, each)Pressure Treated Lumber

Tools: Hammer, Chisel, Circular Saw, Miter Saw, Drill, & Screws

Mr. Woodsy made the first few cuts using the miter saw for the 4×4 post. These will act as the corner post and secure the long 2×8 slats of wood together. We made each corner post 6 inches long.

Yes, that’s right… that’s little ‘ol me working the miter saw. Mr. Woodsy showed me how to use it and I loved every bit of it. However, I realize that kneeling and using a saw is not proper and I do not advise anyone to do that. Mr. Woodsy was just a tad bit on the lazy side and didn’t feel like raising the saw up. I also know that I should be wearing pants when dealing with the saw, and not shorts. Technically, I know I should have warn safety glasses over my glasses, but I didn’t. With all the wrongs I made a right and that was learning how to use the saw. In the end I believe I cut half of the 4×4′s needed! I was so excited to learn and help!

Next, Mr. Woodsy measured out the 4×4′s and began cutting small slits on 2 of the 4 sides. He used the circular saw; however, he could have easily used the miter saw if he had brought it to the backyard.

Once the small slits were cut then he began using his chisel and breaking the wood out. If we owned one of those awesome multi-purpose tools we most likely could have used that instead, but we don’t, so this process was done manually using a chisel and a hammer.

As you can tell this takes a while…

I did attempt to chisel out one of the corner pieces; however, I think I only broke off 2 or 3 pieces of wood during the time Mr. Woodsy cut a few of the blocks.

After all of your corner supports are ready you can begin to measure the 2×8 boards that will act as the sides of the   raised garden box. Mr. Woodsy chose to use a circular saw in the backyard instead of bringing the miter saw out. Whatever works for you and makes you feel most comfortable is what we suggest you using.

That’s all for today… next, you will learn how Mr. Woodsy assembled the raised planter beds and what we planted!

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Comments

  1. look at you guys all fancy there! wow

  2. Battalion Surgeon says:

    I’m having just a bit of difficulty with the math here. A 2×8 is 7 1/2″ wide. If you cut the 4×4′s at 6″ long, you’d be short by just a bit (say 1 1/2″) It looks like there is at least 2 1/2″ left at the top so I’m guessing the actual length of the 4×4′s has to be at least 10″.
    Please correct my assumption here…I love the corner post idea, though. VERY clever.
    Did you have any concerns about using PT lumber in your garden? I get mixed reviews on the subject.

    • That’s seems to be an error on my part, you are correct I would cut them at least 10″ long then you can bevel the tops to give it a decorative top as well. One thing I’ve would of done different if I owned it at the time is to Kreg jig the boards into the corner post from the inside of the garden box. But I have to say the boxes have held up through the years. As far as the concerns with the PT lumber, it wasn’t really a concern for me. I was looking for something cost effective and to last rather then replacing each year. Their are so many mixed reviews out thier regarding using PT lumber if you care and have no issue with budget, I would use cedar.

      Hope this helps!

      Jon

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