This step by step diy woodworking project is about cedar elevated raised garden bed plans. I have designed this 4×8 elevated raised garden bed, so you can grow fresh vegetables on you patio, balcony or even inside a greenhouse. This raised garden bed is easy to build and you can keep the costs down by using rough cedar. The cedar is weather resistant so the box will last for ages. If you enjoy my design, don’t forget to take a look over the rest of my free plans HERE.
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Cedar Raised Garden Bed Plans
Cut & Shopping Lists
- A – 8 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 24″ long LEGS
- B – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 45″ long SUPPORTS
- C – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 45″ long, 4 pieces – 96″ long BOX
- D – 8 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 92 1/2″ long BOTTOM
- 2 pieces of 4×4 rough cedar – 8′
- 14 pieces of 2×6 rough cedar – 8′
- 2 pieces of 2×4 rough cedar – 8′
- 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws
How to build an elevated 4×8 garden bed
The first step of the project is to build the legs for the elevated garden bed. Use 4×4 rough cedar which has the actual dimensions of 3 3/4″x3 3/4″. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to make a notch to the legs. Use a circular saw to make parallel cuts inside the marked area and then remove the excess with a chisel. Smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper.
Next, you need to build the supports for the raised planter. Cut a piece of 2×4 rough ceder (1 3/4″x3 3/4″) and drill pocket holes at both ends. Center the supports to the legs and then lock them into place tightly with 2 1/2″ screws.
Build the walls for the planter box, as shown in the diagram. Drill the pocket holes as shown in the diagram.
Next, you need to build the planter box. Cut the components from 2×6 rough cedar (1 3/4″x3 5 3/4″) at the dimensions shown in the diagram. Lay the bottom slats on a level surface and leave no gaps between them. Align the ends of the slats so you can attach the front and back slats into place. Drill pilot holes through the side slats and insert 3 1/2″ screws. Insert the screws, every 8″.
Fit the side walls to the raised garden bed. Align the edges with attention, making sure the corners are square. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the side slats and secure them to the perpendicular components with 2 1/2″ screws. Drill pilot holes through the side slats and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the bottom slats.
Once you have assembled the planter box, you should fit it to the supports. Align the edges and make sure the corners are square. Drill pilot holes through the bottom slats and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the supports. In this manner, you will block the planter box to the supports tightly.
Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood putty and then smooth the rough surfaces with sandpaper. Fill the planter box with appropriate soil and then plant the vegetables.
This is a simple woodworking project, so any person with basic diy skills can get the job done in a few hours. If you like my project, I recommend you to take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans HERE. Choose from thousands of free designs and fill your life with DIY joy!
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