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Building two cedar raised vegetable garden boxes for under $100

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Building cedar raised vegetable gardens for under $100

Hey Guys!
It has been just over a year since our last Blog post so I thought I would update you on one of our latest projects in the yard! We decided to build some new raised garden beds and this time we wanted to use cedar. There are several benefits to using cedar wood instead of all pressure treated wood. Our main reasons are the look and smell of the wood. There are no other available material options out there that smell as fresh as cedar! The other reasons to use this type of wood is because of it's natural protection from the elements such as bugs and rot.
Since our previous beds, we built a couple years back weren't the easiest to reach around because they were 4'x4', we decided to go a different direction with the shape and size. This go around I wanted to make them easier to reach across so we did 3' x 6' (close enough).
Supplies Needed for the beds:
(I used PT wood for the supports because it was a little cheaper)
Wood
$2.57 x 15 = $38.55
$7.97 x 1 = $7.97
$16.97 x 1 = $16.97
Total for wood = $63.49
Hardware
I like to use Spax 2" Star head screws but you can use any outdoor rated screw or nail.
$7.97
Material total cost = $71.46 + 6% tax = $75.74
Tools Needed
Drill
Miter Saw
Table Saw
Speed Square
Tape Measure
Clamps (only for convenience) 
Nail Gun (only for convenience)
Cut List
4'x4'x8'
8 x 11" cuts.
2'x4'x8'
8 x 11" cuts.
Fence Pickets
8 x 36"
8 x Trim off tops of pickets which makes the lengths about 71"
Let's Build 'em!
Now comes the fun part, building them! When I built these I started with a 4"x4"x11" piece and flushed up a 71" picket to the straightest corner then nailed in place verifying that everything what square. Then I did the same with a  36" piece creating your first corner. Next, we did the same with the opposing side. From there we added on the top layer of matching pickets to give the boxes their height of about 11". You will have a slight over-hang with the support pieces but that is OK, you will bury that end in the dirt.
Make it fancy!
If you want to really spice up the design you can trim it out with the extra 3 boards you purchased. Using a table saw, I ripped the 3 x pickets in-half and then cut the ends at 45º and matched them to each other around the top of the beds.
Hope you enjoyed this blog tutorial on building two raised cedar garden beds! Stay tuned for more blog posts!
-Casey

 

 

 

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