Cedar Raised Garden Bed

Submitted by Malka on Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:34

My little sister is building her first garden this year, and had asked about a garden bed and bench. I found this plan on the Ana White site, and waited until the local Home Depot had cedar fence pickets on sale for $2.34 each. Once these were purchased, the 3 garden beds were put together easily with screws and some Titebond II, and then sprayed with spar urethane on the outside for further protection. I also took some live edge fir slabs I'd gotten for free from a lumbermills scrap pile, and cut, sanded, and stained them to put together a live edge bench. I assembled the bench using rabbet and tenon, and then further braced the legs with small L brackets that cant be seen from the front and some 3" screws from bench top to legs. After assembly, I spar-urethaned the bench with 4 coats for protection. My sister loved both the bench and her boxes. Thanks for the plan!

Estimated Cost
$80 for Cedar, screws, stain, and glue for boxes and bench.
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Cedar (box) Fir (Bench)
Finish Used
Minwax Spar-Urethane
Mixwax Antique Walnut
Recommended Skill Level