A project I have completed recently was to construct a raised bed in an area of the customers garden. Originally the lady just wanted it raised up a bit, to prevent her dog running all over it, by using some stone that was on site. After looking at the existing bed it was thought unsafe to build it any higher so the idea of a wooden bed was discussed and decided up on.
The original set up included a logstore which needed removing and replacing.
After further discussions an L-shaped bed was decided upon. Its was constructed from pressure treated 6×2, and 2×2 to brace the corners. The construction was carried out in my workshop, which mean’t that it could be taken to the garden in kit form, and so much quicker to build up because the weather at the time was a bit dodgy.
I used a Biscuit Jointer to help make sure that all the pieces joined up precisely. This is a tool that cuts out slots into which small pieces of wood are put, with a matching slot in the other piece of wood they are aligned perfectly. This was done along the sides and in the corners to line everything up accurately. This helps to tie the whole structure together, especially when glue is added to all joints. All the screws were put in from the rear, so they are hidden from view.
Once it was all screwed together, I started to fill it, first with the rubble from the old bed, this was a good way of getting rid of it without having to cart it from the property, al;so this will help with the drainage of the bed. When it was all filled with the topsoil I planted in the plants that were originally dug out.