Compost Bin

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Project by brianl posted 05-26-2010 03:53 AM 2147 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While I’m not much of a gardener, my girl is pretty good at it. Unfortunately, the soil around our new house was lacking basically every type of nutrient known to man. I bought a test kit a while back and every single test (Nitrogen, Potassium, etc…) came up as deficient. So, we decided to start composting.

Our garden is on the side of the house and visible from the street so I didn’t want a big pile of compost out there. We looked at some commercially available bins but I wasn’t thrilled with their appearance so I decided to make my own.

It’s very simple construction, four corner posts with some 6” wide planks wrapping the outside. All of the corners are mitered, albeit a little sloppily. There is a 1/4” gap between the boards to allow for air circulation. The top was built using pocket screws.

Doing projects like these feel kind of like cheating on “real” woodworking sometimes. But boy they are refreshing to do. I’ve been working on a set of nightstands for a month and while that is fun, it does take some time. Cranking something like this out in an afternoon is a quick and easy reward.

-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts

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#1 posted 05-26-2010 05:27 AM

Simple but effective

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#2 posted 05-26-2010 07:19 AM

Much nicer than the ones that you can buy. The top looks great.

You might want to make the slats on one of the sides into a single panel that you can remove easily, then when you need to empty it it you can dig from the front instead of from the top.

-- John

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#3 posted 08-10-2010 08:18 PM

what did you build for a base on this compost bin? I’ve been looking at making a compost bin myself, and the unresolved questions remain to be: 1) what to make for the base and top (I like your idea and will use that), and 2) how big to make it overall.

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#4 posted 08-19-2011 10:04 PM

I am starting on one of those using old fence boards and scrap PT 4×4s because, well… I have them… Did you build yours baseless, or does it have a bottom?

You did nice work on it. I wouldn’t have thought to put in the effort to miter the corners. Sure looks nice that way…

What’s the overall size of that bin? I am considering 3×3x3 for mine…

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