This step by step woodworking project is about waist high raised garden bed plans. If you really want to start a vegetable garden, but you want to do that with minimum physical effort, you need to consider my free plans. Make sure you invest in cedar, as the components will be weather resistant and there last for many years in a row. Follow my instructions and tips, so you get the job done quickly and without no problems. See my other DIY projects HERE.
We recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. Therefore, you should buy weather-resistant lumber, such as pine or cedar. Always take accurate measurements before adjusting the size of the components at the proper size. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the wood screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.
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Waist High Raised Garden Bed Plans
- A – 8 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 24″ long, 4 pieces – 46″ long LEGS
- B – 9 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 92 1/2″ long BOTTOM
- C – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 46″ long, 4 pieces – 96″ long BOX
- 2 pieces of 4×4 rough cedar – 8′
- 15 pieces of 2×6 rough cedar – 8′
- 2 pieces of 2×4 rough cedar – 8′
- 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws
- glue, putty
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- One Day
How to build a waist high raised garden bed
The first step of the project is to build the legs for the raised garden bed. Mark the cut lines on the 4×4 rough cedar posts and then get the job done with a circular saw. Smooth the edges flush with sandpaper.
Use 2×4 lumber for the supports. Cut the 2×4 cedar to 46″ and then drill pocket holes, as shown in the diagram. Align the edges and insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure the beams to the posts.
Use 2×6 rough cedar for the planter box. The 2×6 rough cedar is actually 1 3/4″x5 3/4″. Drill pocket holes along the top slats, as shown in the diagram. Align the edges flush and leave no gaps between them. Insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the slats together tightly.
Lay the slats on a level surface and align the edges flush. Make sure the corners are square, drill pilot holes through the long slats and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components.
Drill pocket holes at both ends of the 2×6 rough cedar slats and then secure them to the box. Insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the slats to the garden bed.
Fit the supports equally spaced to the garden bed and insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure them together tightly. Use a spirit level to plumb the legs vertically.
Smooth the edges with sandpaper and then fill the planter box with soil.
This waist high raised garden bed is ideal for your backyard, as you can take care of the plants without having to lean and stay on your knees. This makes for the ideal choice for elders. If you like my project, don’t forget to SHARE it on Facebook and Pinterest.
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