Maybe you live on hard rock ground like I do. Or maybe you have a small space, rental property or just like the look, but a raised garden bed is a perfect solution for a ton of landscape issues. Here is how we built and stained ours in an afternoon!
- 9 - 5/8 in. X 6 in. X 8 ft. Cedar Fence Pickets
- 1 - 4 in. X 4 in. X 8 ft. Cedar Posts
- 1 - additional scrap wood or small post for reinforcement on the inside of the raised bed (it will not show)
- 1 box 2 7/8" Headlok screws (I liked the black finish and somewhat decorative head on these screws) If you buy in bulk it is cheaper, you will need 48 screws for this exact project.
- 6 additional screws to accommodate your scrap support wood width
- Chop Saw
- FLEXiO 5000 paint sprayer
- Mineral Spirits
- Trash Bucket
Start by cutting 3 fence pickets in half. Next cut your post into 4 equal parts.
Predrill holes on the corners of all boards so you have equal spacing with your joining screws. We made a guide for accuracy.
Start by lining up one long board to the bottom corner of a post, use a scrap piece of fence board as a space guide for the front board overhang.
Add screws to predrilled holes.
Go to the other corner of the long board and repeat.
Add another long board on top and repeat steps.
Add third board and repeat.
Finish two long sides first, then add the first side board in the same manner as the front and back walls. Repeat on both sides.
Add a scrap piece of wood to the inside middle of the long sides for extra support to hold the weight of the soil.
To spray stain fill the FLEXiO 5000 paint sprayer bucket with stain and adjust flow and pressure. Stain is thinner than paint, so you will want to practice on scrap wood until you get the spray pattern correct.
Once you like your spray pattern, spray close to the wood surface in a long sweeping motion, keeping equidistant from the wood at all times.
Allow stain to dry and then check for any areas that need additional coverage.
To clean your sprayer from an oil based stain, pour excess stain liquid back into its original container.
Fill spray bucket with mineral spirits.
Rinse around spray bucket and then run mineral spirits through the sprayer into a waste container until clear.
Dispose waste properly.
Use paper towels or trash rag to wipe down sprayer and remove all the stain.
Rinse with warm soapy water and dry.
I hope you enjoy your new raised garden bed as much as we do! It is such a great addition to our yard and the kids can’t wait to see the fruit of our labor!
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