Monday, November 17, 2014

How to Make Redwood Raised Garden Beds

Fig.1 The plan
By Gary Boutin
Assembled by Jag

Supplies and Tools:
Claw hammer  
Cordless drill
Chip brush; one time use
Copper-Green Wood Preservative Spray
Leather work gloves  
Star Flat Head Wood Deck Screws #10 - 2-1/2 in. (Torx bit included)
Measurement tape
Miter box
Pressure Treated Lumber HF Brown Stain 2 inch x 6 inch x 8 feet (3)
Titebond Original Wood Glue, 16 fluid ounces

Jag stopped by his local The Home Depot for a special raised garden bed that he wanted to make for his wife. He came to the Anaheim Super Store - Lumber/Building Materials area for information and lumber cuts for his project. He needed to understand the difference between Treated Wood and Douglas Fir dimension lumber. 

This post shows the ten steps to assembling a special raised garden bed. 

Step 1: Arrive at your nearest The Home Depot and talk to an associate. If your project involves working with wood, ask for the location of Lumber/Building Materials.
Step 2: Explain the lumber associate about your project. For this project, fig.1 shows that Jag had his plans in his head and together we put the plans on paper.
Step 3: He looked at several thicknesses of lumber to help him decide which wood would last longer. Jag also was inquisitive about what type of metal screws to use on his project. We discussed the hardware and decided to purchase (Fig.2) DeckMate Star Flat-Head Wood Deck Screws #10 2-1/2 inch.  
Fig.2 DeckMate star flat-head 
wood deck screws
Step 4: We decided that the treated 2x6 lumber would be perfect against rot and last a long time in this dry California climate. Pressure-Treated Hem-Fir Lumber is for above ground use and is treated with Copper azole. This lumber has been stained Brown and is paintable. The Home Depot provides a Material Safety Data Sheet for treated lumber.
Step 5: As the raised garden is being assembled, the cut portion of the treated lumber will need to be painted with a Copper-Green Wood Preservative. This preservative protects the wood against the weather and wood eating insects. The Home Depot also provides a Material Safety Data Sheet for your review. 
Step 6: Floor assembly: Fig.3 shows that by placing the lumber on the floor, Jag saw how to secure the corner with two 2x6 lumber and where to drill the wood deck screws into the corner braces.
Fig.3 The assembly #1
Step 7: Floor assembly: First layer. Fig.4 shows that placing the first row on the floor showed him how to assemble the sides of the garden bed.
Fig.4 The assembly #2
Step 8: Floor assembly: First and second layer: Fig.5 shows that the wood was placed on top of each side showing Jag how to build up the walls.
Fig.5 Wood stacked second layer
Step 9: Fig.6 shows the 2x6x4 stacked on The Home Depot lumber cart. Fig.7 and fig.8 shows that each piece was marked to help Jag in the assembly. Fig.9 shows the wood cuts of treated lumber are ready to make his raised garden.
Fig.6 stacked ready to assemble 2x6x4
Fig.7 Long pieces
Fig.8 Short pieces

Fig.9 The project
Step 10: Before the project was finished, Jag had to cut the top piece of the project into 45° degree cut using a Miter Box. After the cuts the top pieces were applied with a Cordless Screwdriver driving in the deck screws into the walls. Fig.10 through fig.12 shows different views of the finished raised garden. All that needs to be done is planting the flowers for Jag's wife. 
Fig.10 Side view finished product
Fig.11 Top view finished product
Fig.12 Job finished finished product
Jag's e-mail note: Thanks you so much for your help today at Home Depot. Attached are the pictures of finished product. It came out really good, Jag. Fig. 10 through fig.12 are the three pictures sent by Jag for this post. 

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