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Forum topic by startingfromscratch posted 04-03-2012 02:35 PM 1900 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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startingfromscratch

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04-03-2012 02:35 PM

This wife wants to make some raised beds (probably two 3×5) in the back yard.

Looking at some catalogues…premade kits are pricey and they look pretty simple. Catch is, I need 5/4 cedar boards. I’m in the Baltimore, MD area. Our big boxes don’t carry it and I’ve called a couple lumber yards and they don’t either.

Is 5/4 by 6 or 8 cedar something I’m likely to find at a general lumber yard if I keep calling around?

Many thanks!


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junebug

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#1 posted 04-03-2012 03:07 PM

Home Depot sells 5/4x6 cedar decking. It has radiused edges, but should work for a planter

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startingfromscratch

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#2 posted 04-03-2012 03:13 PM

Thanks Junbug, do you know if it’s treated with anything?

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#3 posted 04-04-2012 01:08 AM

Check your local Craigslist. Sawyers like me sell lumber, and I bet that there is some Eastern Red Cedar that you can get for a good price. It has good rot resistance. Atlantic White Cedar is very hard to find anymore, anywhere. The cedar in the Big Box Stores is Western Red Cedar.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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#4 posted 04-04-2012 01:20 PM

I work in the environmental field and wouldn’t hesitate to use PT pine from Home Depot. The industry phased out CCA as a treatment in 2003 and the replacements (Alkaline Copper Quaternary – ACQ, Copper Azole – CA, and, the newest type, Micronized Copper Quaternary – MCQ) are not a human health risk. My raised beds are made up of 3 rows of 6×6 PT posts. Just like building a wall, bury the first row half below grade on a sand bed, nice and level. Alternate the corner butt joints. Pin each row down using 1/2” rebar. Drill through with a loing 1/2 spade bit, oversizing the holes by wiggling the bit as you drill. Pound the rebar in with a sledge. On each side try to get one full length of rebar through all rows and into the ground below. Deeper beds like this provide better drainage and are much easier to weed and maintain because of their height. Fill with soil and compost and till in some fresh compost every year.

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#5 posted 04-04-2012 01:24 PM

JCantin, can you post your raised beds as a project? Sounds great and would like to see pics. Thanks!

-- John - Central PA - http://affyx.wordpress.com

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#6 posted 05-27-2012 08:14 PM

you can try advantage lumber in buffalo ny they have a online store tiger wood is a good choice you can order online and they ship right to you used them many times great lumber and service talke a look at my projects i used tiger wood in

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#7 posted 05-28-2012 01:15 AM

TJIs work slick for raised beds. It’s a significantly different look, but they can be real affordable at places like Habitat ReStores.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#8 posted 05-28-2012 12:15 PM

These are the kind of folks that you need to look for on Craigslist.

http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/mat/3034180810.html

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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