DIY Cedar Raised Garden Beds


Cedar raised bed make gardening easier, more accessible, more economical, and more efficient. But often a cedar raised bed can cost hundreds of dollars. With this plan, I figured out how to create raised cedar beds – deep ones – for about $10 each. Raised cedar beds make a lot of sense, especially considering that you do not have to reach for weeds and the every plant gets the full sun. You can also line them up in rows, label each bed. Cedar is naturally weather resistant and non toxic too. Treated lumber releases odors and chemicals in your food plants, which is not what you want.

Cedar also naturally resists rots and insects so it makes it a perfect choice for planters. What you need for this cedar raised garden beds is 6 cedar fence pickets, 1” screws, 2” screws, wooden glue, finishing supplies, measuring tape, square, pencil safety glasses, drill, circular and table saw. Make sure you work on a clean level surface and check for square after each step. Predrill and countersink you screw holes, and most importantly be safe with the table saw. Building this cedar raised garden bed is a great DIY project for the while family and costs hardly anything.

 

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How to Build Custom Shelving


For all of the wood in the closet, we bought inexpensive particleboard. This is not sleek wood like pine or walnut or some fancy wood, but it is very sturdy, and once painted, looks great. I’ll detail how we covered any wood imperfections as we go along, but we chose this wood because we wanted to build a custom closet without spending a fortune. A DIY custom shelf can add a country-style look in your kitchen and it is also a money-saving alternative to upper cabinets.

To start, use a measuring tape to measure out the desired length of shelves. This also adds to the measurement of the ledger. Use a chop saw to cut the length of the shelves and a table saw to rip down the boards. Once again measure and cut ledgers, down supports, and angle braces from your stock. For a finished look, angle the bottom edge of each down support and make a 45 –degree cut on each edge. Once all supports and ledgers are assembled, measure and cut out the appropriate number of shelving units. As a final step you will need to set first ledger in place, check with a level and mark the position with a marker. Then use trim screws to mount the ledger. Screw the shelving unit on the ledger and repeat the process with the remaining shelves.

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