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Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Completed 2x6 High Wall Raised Bed
   Material needed:

      (1) 4x4x8 Pressure Treated Post @ $6.97
      (6) 2x6x8PressureTreated Lumber  @ $4.57 each
      (1) Box of 2-1/2 in Deckmate screws @ $9.37
       Optional Materials: chicken wire, weed
       Power Drill
       Staple gun to secure chicken wire
 Total cost for 1 box-$43.76

1.  Cut your 4x4x8 post into 4 equal sections of 2 feet.
2.  Cut 2 feet off one end of each of the 2x6x8 lumber.  This will give you 1 long side and 1 short side from each 8 foot section (for a total of 15" per side).
Assembling the bed.
3.  Working on a flat surface, secure the lumber to the post using the Deckmate screws.  (There is no need to pre-drill with these screws.)  Starting on the short side, line up the end of the board with the post.  Do the same for the 2nd short side. 
4.  Once the short sides are completed, line up the long sides flush with the ends.  Secure with scews.  (I used 2 screws per each end of the boards).
5.  Continue until all boards are attached.  If you want the bed to be even higher, there is enough space for 1 more board on each side. 
6.  Level the area where the bed is going to be placed.
7.  Optional:  Attach chicken wire to the bottom of the bed with a staple gun to deter small pests.  (You will have to turn the bed over or on its side.)
8.   Before I set the bed in place, I like to lay down some weed cloth.
9.  Move the bed into its final location. 
10. You are ready to add dirt!  You will need about .6 yards per box.
Weed cloth
Adding chicken wire.
A view from the top


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