How to Make a Raised Garden Bed (WoodLogger.com)

So I wanted to make a raised garden bed and
I made one of these about a year ago it's a really simple project an easy project and
you can do it in just a couple of hours it takes about this one took nine two by four
by eights and they were the perfect length you can just cut a board in right in half
and you have your four foot width and obviously you've got your eight foot length boards as
well so I've got my daughter Addie here with me shes going to be helping with the garden
this year and coming up in the video I'll show you how I made this and as always check
out my website at woodlogger.com where I'll have more information about this project and
other projects that I have going on in my shop
So to get started with my raised garden bed I'm going to take three of my two by four
by eights and cut them exactly in half I'll measure out forty eight inches chop all three
in half and those that will give me six end pieces so remember we're making a box basically
and on each end we'll have three boards that will be stacked on top of one another and
then to sort of hold the pieces together I'll have a total of six posts I could probably
get away with four but I'm going to use six just to keep it from warping in the middle
I'm going to want to cut that at a length of about eleven and a quarter inches because
my boards even though and if you're new to woodworking you may not know this but a two
by four is not actually two by four a two by four is actually one and three quarters
by three and three quarters and I don't fully understand why that is there is nominal dimensions
versus actual dimensions so you'll want to pay attention to that when you're measuring
things out so in this case when I stack three of these on top of one another it'll be a
length of eleven a quarter inches so that's why I'll cut my four by fours in lengths of
eleven and a quarter inches and I'm going to want six of those so I'm going to work
on that next I'm going to use a miter saw to cut mine you could use a circular saw or
just a hand saw really what ever you want this is going in you're garden so it's not
some necessarily heirloom project okay so I've got all my boards cut I've got
my four by fours as well as my two by fours all ready to go and I've started attaching
the end pieces to my four by fours which will help anchor all that down so I'm going to
stack three of these up on my four by fours and I'm attaching it with two two and half
inch screws on each end I'm going to repeat this same process over
and over all the way around so that I have all my boards attached
okay so I've got all my boards attached for my raised planter bed and it's looking pretty
good the next I'm going to do and this kind of an optional step is that I'm going to attach
a weed barrier across the top and when I flip it over it'll be on the bottom It's kind of
an optional step you don't need it if you've got great soil I think really all you need
to do is make sure you've got any grass pulled up and turn the soil a couple times and it
will just kind of mess together in my case I've got rotten soil and I had one of these
beds once before and I've got another one in my back yard and this worked great anyways
all you've got to do is cut this out with some scissors to the length you need and then
use a staple gun to attach it you can use brad nails whatever it takes again this doesn't
have to be fancy and I'm going to work on that next all right so I've got my box all done I've
got my weed barrier attached underneath and I think it's going to turn out great so all
I need to do now is fill it up with dirt and grow some vegetables so check out my website
at woodlogger.com where I'll put more pictures and detailed information about this project
and other projects I have going on in my shop

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