I’m thrilled about today’s project because it forced me to think outside the box with a budget mindset. I’ve teamed up with 9 other ladies who are also creating $10 projects so make sure to visit their blogs at the end of this post.
I took this challenge to the garden where we used simple 2 x 4’s to build a raised bed. Let’s look at the supply list and move forward. Here’s the catch, if you don’t use power tools that’s okay find someone who does and have them make this for you because gardening is a wonderful thing.
Tools and Supplies
- Electric Saw – I used a Chop Saw. Skill or hand saw would also work great.
- Drill + Bit and Tip
- 3 eight ft. stud 2 x 4’s about 2.50 each = $7.50
- 16 screws 2.5 or 3 inch will work = under $2.00
Price on 2 x 4’s may vary depending on the wood quality. Home Depot offers a variety and make sure the boards are straight. Smaller hardware stores like Ace will sell screws individually without having to purchase the entire box.
Measurements + Cut + Drill
We’re building in the workshop where space is slightly limited for a project this size. Make sure to work on a flat surface prior to measuring and cutting so everything is even and mark the boards with proper measurements prior to cutting.
- Four cuts at 4 ft
- Four cuts at 2 ft.
Once the wood is cut take the 2 ft boards and drill two pilot holes at each end. A pilot hole is smaller than the screw and it keeps the wood from splitting. Do not skip this step!
Recycled or New Screws
For this project I’m using recycled deckmate screws from old projects. I’m trying to use things up around here, normally I would recommend using new screws. Don’t they look pitiful? My grandma always use to say, waste not, want not so I’m trying to be frugal I guess.
New screws for this project should run between 7 and 10 cents each. Deckmate from Home Depot is also a great brand because they’re coated and they don’t rust.
Connecting the Frame
Inserting the screws is a breeze when you have pilot holes, just another added bonus to that tip and remember don’t skip it.
- Layout a rectangle with the boards
- Connect the 2 foot board to the 4 ft board
- Repeat at each corner until complete
Raised Bed Almost complete
One layer is completed now it’s time to build another frame before this bed is finished. If you like this project then I’d like to encourage you to check out more of my raised beds here.
$10 Raised Bed Complete
Once both frames are built you can leave them natural, add paint or stain to finish the exterior. When ready take them to the garden and simply stack then add soil. Because they’re short you don’t need corner support unless you insist because the dirt will keep them stable. If you want to go taller like this raised bed then use rebar in the corners to stabilize prior to adding soil.
This raised bed project is easy to build in less than 30 minutes. It’s the perfect companion to my new book, Startle Garden which will be available in February. Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoyed and keep reading because additional $10 projects are just a click away.
Ten for ten will happen each month and always post on the 10th – is that neat or what? Stacey from Poofing the Pillows is organizing this which is exciting, she’s a sweet gal.
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