This article is about how to build a compost bin. Building your own compost for your garden is a great idea, especially if you think at the benefits you will get, both for you and your family. Even if on the market there are a lot of fertilizers claiming to be organic, it is always better to do things by yourself, as you can control the process better. In oder to make organic compost, you need two things: to build a compost bin and to use leaves, grass and other organic wastes.
Building a compost bin out of wood is easy, especially if you have the right tools and materials for the job, and if you have proper plans. Remember that you have to use wood that haven’t been treated with toxic substances, otherwise the compost won’t be good for your vegetable garden. Therefore select with great care the materials, as to make sure they are proper for building a compost bin. Read the whole article if you want to know how to make a compost bin.
Make sure you align the components at both ends before inserting the galvanized screws, if you want to get a professional result. In addition, don’t forget to drill pilot holes before driving in the nails, to prevent the wood from splitting. If you want to have an easy access to the compost bin, you should build a sliding panel, on one side of the box. Place rails on the interior of the bin, to hold the sliding panel into place.
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In order to build a compost bin, you need the following:
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- A – 8 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 31 1/2″ long CORNER SLATS
- B – 15 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 30″ long SLATS
- C – 5 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 30″ long, 2 pieces of – 31 1/2″ long PANEL
- D – 8 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 33″ long, 4 pieces of – 14″ long LID
- Level, carpentry pencil, l-square
- Hammer, measuring tape
- Circular saw / jigsaw
- Drill bits, clamps
- Screw driver with torque control
- Read safety and disclaimer pages
- Select with great care the lumber, otherwise your compost bin won’t be durable
- Before fastening the posts, make sure they are plumb
How to build a compost bin
Building compost bin walls
In order to build our compost bin, we have to cut 4 pieces 2×2 lumber at about 3’/1 m, as to use them as corner posts. Before cutting the lumber, make sure it is proper for using it in this project. Therefore we don’t recommend you to use treated wood, as usually in the process they use harmful substances for our health.
Next, we have to start building the first wall of the compost box. You have to place the 2 posts on a level surface and to mark sure they are parallel. Then we have to add two wood boards at both ends of the posts.
Before we fasten the boards on the compost bin posts, we have to make sure the corners of the wall panels are right angled. In order to check this aspect you could use an l-square or another object with 90º corners (like a ceramic tile).
Afterwards, we have used 2” nails to fasten the wood boards on the compost bin posts. Make sure you drive in at least 2 nails on each end of every wood board, otherwise the compost bin won’t be rigid enough.
Remember that you should fasten boards at both ends of the compost bin wall, and only then you could fill the rest of the wall with wood boards.
After we have installed the wood boards, the compost bin wall looked as you can see in the image. Remember that you should use a spacer between the boards, as to install them evenly.
We have to continue building the compost bin, by bending the nail ends that got through the corner posts.
Consequently, we should use a hammer and hit at 45º the sharp ends of the nails, until we get the job done for the whole panel. Remember that you can avoid doing this, if you select with great attention the dimension of the nails.
Next, we have to make sure there are no wood boards go over the corner posts. Nevertheless, there are cases in which not all boards come at the same length, so we have to use a jigsaw or a circular saw to fix this issue.
Building compost bin
In order to finish building a compost bin, we need 2 wall panel, which have to be make according to the techniques described previously. Make sure the panels have the same dimensions, the corners are right angled, the space between the wood boards are even and the wood boards are not rotten.
Next we have to fasten the two wall panels with one board at each end. Make sure that you ask a friend to help you during this operation, as it is difficult to drive in the nails and in the same time to hold the wall panels into position.
When installing the wooden board, we have to align it with the compost bin walls. Remember that this aspect is essential for your project, so pay attention when driving in the nails
Afterwards, twist the box on the opposite side and fasten another two boards, as you can easily see in the image.
Also drive in 3-4 nails at each end of all wooden boards, as to make sure the compost bin is locked firmly. Next, you have to continue the process by installing the other wood boards, using the same spacer between the boards, until you finish the compost bin.
Continue fastening wood boards, until you finish building the compost bin. After you check that the walls are locked properly and that the compost bin is set firmly into position you can move it to a proper place. Now, we hope you have learned how to make your own compost bin.
Last but not least, you should take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, check if all the screws are inserted properly and if the components are locked together tightly. Fill the holes with wood filler and smooth the surface with medium-grit sandpaper.
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