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Project by Martyroc posted 906 days ago 1353 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got the plans from Lowes for this, and then couldn’t find all the items from Lowes on their website. I did not want wait too long since some other project might bump this one back. I sent Lowes an e-mail and a customer servic rep from my local store contacted me and said they had everything for this project in stock and they have set it all aside for me. Needless to say I was shocked I thought customers service had disappeared years ago, nice to see it was alive and well at Lowes. My only regret is I picked the hottest day of the year to build it, it was 97 and I spent more time wiping the sweat from my eyes than building it. I recommend this project as it can be completed in 4 hours or less, (I took several Iced tea breaks, 2-3 hours in a better working conditions.)

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.





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rikgn

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#1 posted 906 days ago

Excellent!! Is that window/door screen you have used?

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Martyroc

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#2 posted 906 days ago

It is window/door screen, I made a sifter with a larger screen when I need to sift out the sticks. I use the left side to compost and the right side for when its ready for the lawn or garden. You don’t realize how many vegetable scraps, eggshells etc you use in a week, until you start collecting that stuff.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 906 days ago

Hey Marty
Welcome to Ljs
This is a cool compost station ,great job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Jimthecarver

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#4 posted 906 days ago

Nice project, I do have one question.
Whats the possibility of it catching fire while in the composting state? Being from a farming community I have watched many a fire from composting.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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Warren

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#5 posted 906 days ago

Wouldnt it be just as good to not put a floor on this project if its outside? From what I have read if the bottom is open then it allows worms and other bugs to help the composting of your materials.

-- Warren, Cambridge,OH.

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Martyroc

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#6 posted 906 days ago

@jimthecarver, the chance of it catching fire is probably unlikely, it does get hot the center, and has gotten up to 141 degrees, but I mix it two or 3 times a week, and when I add sawdust I usually don’t mix it in for a few days. I added soil & manure when I first built this, and have never had to add anymore of it, (going on 2 years)

@Warren, The bottom is formed like a deck with 1/4” spacing between the boards, I originally thought of modifying the design less the bottom, but it gives the composter more stability. The front slats are just slid in and when I am moving it to the other bin or to a wheelbarrel it makes it easier then having to lift the shovel over the front each time. I just remove the slats as I dig further down. As for the bugs and worms they do find there way in there, plus when I come across any worms in the garden I dump them in, they definitely speed up the process.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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Scott R. Turner

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#7 posted 905 days ago

I made more or less the same one:


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I did leave the floor off of mine to let the worms and so on get easier access to the compost. It’s still in great shape after several years!

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Warren

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#8 posted 905 days ago

I see now I was wondering how you shoveled the compost out. Good idea. I like the part that the front boards can be removed one at a time.

-- Warren, Cambridge,OH.

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unrested001

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#9 posted 900 days ago

My daughter was just asking about composting. I offered to build one of course….now I know where to begin. Thank Marty!

-- I make lots of dust, everything else is just a byproduct of the dust making process!...Frank,NJ

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kutil

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#10 posted 832 days ago

very nice and interesting idea

-- Milan,Czech Republic

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