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Raised garden bed

  • May 30, 2017

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I wanted to buy a 4'x8' raised garden bed kit for around $100.00. Then I would have to buy weed barrier liner and soil. I read a couple reviews that this kit rotted away after 3 years. I thought it might be cheaper or longer lasting if I built one myself. I drew the blueprints in my head and estimated all the material I would need. I then went online to The Home Depot and built my shopping list. Total was about $250.00 and included all hardware, waterproofing stain for the lumber, brush to apply the stain, weed barrier fabric, and soil. I figured if I waterproofed all surfaces of the lumber before assembly I would have a finished product that could easily last 3+ years with only minimal upkeep. I purchased lumber, Thompson's waterproofing stain/sealer, roller, brushes, plastic drop cloth, and tape-to tape the plastic drop cloth to the garage floor. I cut lumber, applied Thompson's waterproofing stain/sealer and let cure 48 hours. Flipped lumber, treated other side and cured for another 48 hours. Assembled raised garden bed in garage, moved outside, lined and filled with soil then planted. Tips: measure cut lumber to ensure all pieces are equal in length so finished product is square, allow lumber to cure throughly before flipping, ventilate garage, make sure top edges of lumber are all flush during final assembley (shim bottom on garage floor if necessary to get tops flush). *NOTE project time includes 96 hours of curing time of Thompson's waterproofing sealer/stain.

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  • Nice work! The color of the wood works really well with the grass.
    By RYOBI Nation, on June 5, 2017

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Raised garden bed

by RyobiDobiJobi
May 30, 2017

I wanted to buy a 4'x8' raised garden bed kit for around $100.00. Then I would have to buy weed barrier liner and soil. I read a couple reviews that this kit rotted away after 3 years. I thought it might be cheaper or longer lasting if I built one myself. I drew the blueprints in my head and estimated all the material I would need. I then went online to The Home Depot and built my shopping list. Total was about $250.00 and included all hardware, waterproofing stain for the lumber, brush to apply the stain, weed barrier fabric, and soil. I figured if I waterproofed all surfaces of the lumber before assembly I would have a finished product that could easily last 3+ years with only minimal upkeep. I purchased lumber, Thompson's waterproofing stain/sealer, roller, brushes, plastic drop cloth, and tape-to tape the plastic drop cloth to the garage floor. I cut lumber, applied Thompson's waterproofing stain/sealer and let cure 48 hours. Flipped lumber, treated other side and cured for another 48 hours. Assembled raised garden bed in garage, moved outside, lined and filled with soil then planted. Tips: measure cut lumber to ensure all pieces are equal in length so finished product is square, allow lumber to cure throughly before flipping, ventilate garage, make sure top edges of lumber are all flush during final assembley (shim bottom on garage floor if necessary to get tops flush). *NOTE project time includes 96 hours of curing time of Thompson's waterproofing sealer/stain.