Cedar Raised Bed Garden Boxes

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Project by Chestnut Hill Woodworks posted 08-02-2012 04:20 PM 2629 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was the first project that I really made myself and the one that lit the fire in me to pursue woodworking as a hobby. My skills and workspace was primitive at this point, but I had a blast making these. Our garden performed very poorly last year so we knew we needed to raise it up and get the vegetables in much better soil. I scoured the internet for the best option for us and decided a couple cedar boxes would fit the bill. Not knowing much about purchasing lumber yet I bought the cedar at Lowes, and the most feasible option was the 1×6x12 boards. I went with pine 4×4s for the corners and middle…in hindsight I wish I would have sought 2×6 cedar boards and would have preferred to sink the 4×4s in the ground, but you know what they say about hindsight. Once the box was in place I made some 2×2 stakes and drove them into the ground next to the middle supports and attached the two with screws to provide stability in the middle…this seemed to work well and the boxes are holding up nicely.

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#1 posted 08-02-2012 06:05 PM

Good little project. Out west here our Western Red Cedar is good for these raised beds as it is quite rot resistant. Which cedar is this ? Good to note that the heartwood is usually a lot more rot resistant than the sapwood.

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#2 posted 08-02-2012 06:59 PM

I’m not sure what type of cedar it is…it was the only thing they had at Lowes. Its ability to resist rot is exactly why I selected it though.

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#3 posted 08-05-2012 08:17 PM

Looks great, let me know when those tomatoes are ripe. Don

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