|Project by William Shelley||posted 04-27-2015 12:03 AM||1064 views||4 times favorited||2 comments|
I decided to jump into gardening this year. I have some excellent housemates that were excited to grow their own produce. I’ve always liked growing things, but since I bought my house a few years ago I’ve been focusing a lot on indoor projects. On my lot there are large fir trees all over, the backyard is almost completely shaded and only part of the south side of the lot and the front yard get any decent amount of sun. This means I’m doing all my gardening in the front yard…
I built two raised beds, each is 5ft x 10ft x 16” tall. They’re made with about $75 worth of materials, each. I wanted something that was relatively inexpensive or else it would nullify the cost savings of growing my own produce vs buying it at the store.
Construction is incredibly simple. Each bed is made from six 5ft x 16in panels. The panels are three 1×6x5’ cedar fence slats nailed to 2×2 “posts” On top is a 2×4 cedar rail. There is another 2×4 that spans the middle and holds the sides together to eliminate blowout.
I assembled each panel separately in my shop, carried them outside, clamped them together on the ground and screwed the panels together. There are some 1” holes drilled in the corners where the 2×4 top rails overlap, I will be pounding some electrical conduit into the ground through these holes and drilling through the conduit and cedar from the side to secure the bed to the “stake”.
I bought 1/2-inch “IMC” type conduit which has significantly thicker walls than the more common “EMT” type. It’s galvanized and I can get four 30-inch stakes from a 10-foot length of it ($9 at home depot).
-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective