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Survivalism & Self Sufficiency Topics => Homesteading and Self Reliant Living => Topic started by: Rock2Fox on December 29, 2008, 04:35:10 PM

Title: Raised Bed Build ~ 3hrs, $55
Post by: Rock2Fox on December 29, 2008, 04:35:10 PM
I had some spare time so I decided to put together a raised bed (I have been relying on containers in the past) to be ready for spring planting. 

So in summation, it took me 3 hours to build a stupid wooden box - but whatever.

Before picture of the site:

(http://i521.photobucket.com/albums/w334/rock2fox_v2/IMG_1642.jpg)

The lumber:

(http://i521.photobucket.com/albums/w334/rock2fox_v2/IMG_1640.jpg)

The ends:

(http://i521.photobucket.com/albums/w334/rock2fox_v2/IMG_1645.jpg)

Me discovering that I had the wrong screw length:

(http://i521.photobucket.com/albums/w334/rock2fox_v2/IMG_1644.jpg)

Almost there:

(http://i521.photobucket.com/albums/w334/rock2fox_v2/IMG_1646.jpg)


The finished product:

(http://i521.photobucket.com/albums/w334/rock2fox_v2/IMG_1648.jpg)
Title: Re: Raised Bed Build ~ 3hrs, $55
Post by: firetoad on December 29, 2008, 05:36:30 PM
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Me discovering that I had the wrong screw length:

Now, what did that box of screws ever really do to you?  Oh, the vulgarity!   ;)

Actually, very nice post and documentation of your work.  Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Raised Bed Build ~ 3hrs, $55
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on December 29, 2008, 07:01:47 PM
lol...I like your...umm, enthusiasm?

Nice stupid wooden box, BTW.  ;D
Title: Re: Raised Bed Build ~ 3hrs, $55
Post by: Rock2Fox on December 29, 2008, 07:38:53 PM
Do you guys think it is safe (re: growing vegetables) to put sealant on the wood?  Thanks for the comments.
Title: Re: Raised Bed Build ~ 3hrs, $55
Post by: Rock2Fox on December 29, 2008, 08:00:56 PM
Also, I edited the photo to make it family friendly. (hehe)
Title: Re: Raised Bed Build ~ 3hrs, $55
Post by: Ultio1 on December 29, 2008, 09:05:25 PM
+1
3 cheers for Rock2Fox!

By the way I think thats a heck of a job. I hope mine turn out that well. Looks like it should last a good long time. I am totally jealous.
Title: Re: Raised Bed Build ~ 3hrs, $55
Post by: chris on December 29, 2008, 09:07:51 PM
2x10's? Deep raised bed.
Title: Re: Raised Bed Build ~ 3hrs, $55
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on December 30, 2008, 05:20:50 AM
2x10's? Deep raised bed.

It's for short term body storage as well...seriously man, these things need to be planned in advance. ;D


Do you guys think it is safe (re: growing vegetables) to put sealant on the wood?  Thanks for the comments.

I guess you could seal the wood, but I think it would probably be a waste of time.  The dirt is going to be against the wood which is going to hold the moisture right on the wood anyway.  Any type of safe sealant probably isn't going to last long in those conditions.  At least not a sealant that I can think of right off the top of my head.  I think you'd be better off making sure the box is well drained & then replacing a board or two in a few years when they need it.  You'll have gotten your money's worth by then.
Title: Re: Raised Bed Build ~ 3hrs, $55
Post by: Ultio1 on December 30, 2008, 07:51:33 AM
Do you guys think it is safe (re: growing vegetables) to put sealant on the wood?  Thanks for the comments.

I wouldn't use normal wood sealant, I was seriously thinking about trying  wax my self.
Title: Re: Raised Bed Build ~ 3hrs, $55
Post by: chris on December 30, 2008, 05:38:35 PM
It's for short term body storage as well...seriously man, these things need to be planned in advance. ;D

I have holes dug, and two bags of lime in the garage. 3 AM is not the time to try and buy lime.  ;D
Title: Re: Raised Bed Build ~ 3hrs, $55
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on December 31, 2008, 12:51:51 AM
It's for short term body storage as well...seriously man, these things need to be planned in advance. ;D

I have holes dug, and two bags of lime in the garage. 3 AM is not the time to try and buy lime.  ;D
LOL, excellent. 
Title: Re: Raised Bed Build ~ 3hrs, $55
Post by: Rock2Fox on January 01, 2009, 07:33:18 AM
You are going to wax yourself?
Title: Re: Raised Bed Build ~ 3hrs, $55
Post by: Dirt Rider 3006 on January 01, 2009, 09:10:09 AM
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I wouldn't use normal wood sealant, I was seriously thinking about trying  wax my self.

Might I suggest...

(http://osscustom.com/images/DCSWXLR.jpg)

No seriously...what type of wax are you considering to use???
Title: Re: Raised Bed Build ~ 3hrs, $55
Post by: Ultio1 on January 01, 2009, 09:48:40 PM
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I wouldn't use normal wood sealant, I was seriously thinking about trying  wax my self.

Might I suggest...

(http://osscustom.com/images/DCSWXLR.jpg)

No seriously...what type of wax are you considering to use???

Paraffin I guess but I dont know. What ever might seal the wood but remain inert and not be ingested by my veggies. I haven't really thought it through yet.
Title: Re: Raised Bed Build ~ 3hrs, $55
Post by: yrone on January 02, 2009, 10:44:31 AM
Looks pretty awesome to me! Mine is 8' x 4' x 8" boards with some frickin L brackets! We'll see how well it does me come spring though.
Title: Re: Raised Bed Build ~ 3hrs, $55
Post by: BerserkerPrime on January 02, 2009, 10:47:23 AM
Very nice!  Looks like you'll have to haul in alot of dirt as it doesn't look like you can pull a truck up there.  Good luck and I hope you post the picts of your success. 

Berserker Prime