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How I make a simple raised bed.

By Fyrebush aka Chuck | Backyard Garden | 18 May 2021


When we bought this house, we tore down the old fence and put up new. I didn't want to trash the old fence panels so I stored quite a bit of them in my shed and some on the outside of the shed. I knew I was going to use those fence panels for something but I wasn't quite sure what. Fast forward about 7 years and here we are, I'm making raised beds out of them! I'm going to show you what I used and how easy it is to make them.

This is one of many of the eight foot section of fence panels and one fence post I have saved. To start my project I'll pick out eight of the best individual pickets. Each full fence panel is made up of about sixteen of the smaller pickets.

To start my project I picked out eight good pickets. I'll use four of them for the sides and cut the other four in half to make the ends and the middle piece. I didn't have to use four good pickets to make the ends, I could have used some pickets that were broken or had something else wrong that makes them unusable for my sides. All I need to do is cut out a three foot section by cutting off the bad parts and use it.

The fifth picket from the left is broken about 15 inches from the top. I can cut that part of the picket off and then I can cut to the size I need. I won't throw away the top part of that particular picket because I am sure I can use it in another project. 

old fence panel and post

The following picture is the eight pickets I'm using for this project. I forgot to put the 4X4 post in this pic but you can see it in the first picture.

fence panels

Here are my eight original pickets. Four original length and four that were cut in half to roughly three feet each. It also shows you six 12 in lengths I cut off of the 4X4 post.

cut

I have the two long sides screwed together. I used two inch long exterior wood screws. I could have used 1.5" screws but I used what I had. I attached each picket to the 4X4 post using four of those screws. It is probably overkill, but at least I won't have to worry about it falling apart anytime soon. I'll also use four screws per picket for the ends to finish my raised bed. I only used two screws to attach each picket to the 4X4 that I used for the center piece. Then to attach that center piece to the center of the raised bed, I only used two screws per picket. 

two sides together

In this pic I'm showing what parts go where so you can start to see what the finished project will look like.

almost done

This is my finished raised bed. I'm building and using these for my garden in the back yard while my gf will be using these for her flower area in the front yard.

6 finished

BONUS PIC - My gf, Tracy, is building her a smaller version (not finished yet) to put around the sunflowers we put in the front yard. We put some in that area but one of the wild bunny rabbits ate them, so we'll put more in. We will be reusing the bricks that are on the inside of her project for something else.

7 bonus


My overall cost for this project is about $25 what I paid for a box of bulk screws in different sizes a few months ago when I replaced the floor in our gazebo.

If you want to build this here is a list of what you need and the approximate cost.

8 - six foot tall fence pickets.

1 - six foot tall 4X4 post.

88 - 1.5" or 2" wood screws. (If I counted correctly.)

If I were to purchase these parts I would use Lowe's because they are fairly close to me. I'm not affiliated with Lowe's in any way nor do I make any money from these links.

1.  https://www.lowes.com/pd/Severe-Weather-Common-5-8-in-x-5-1-2-in-x-6-ft-Actual-0-625-in-x-5-5-in-x-6-ft-Wood-Southern-Yellow-Pine-Dog-Ear-Wood-Fence-Picket/50342080 $2.19 X 8 = $17.52

2. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Severe-Weather-Common-4-in-x-4-in-x-6-ft-Actual-3-5-in-x-3-5-in-x-6-ft-2-Treated-Lumber/4560704 $14.98

3. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Deck-Plus-8-x-2-in-Ceramic-Deck-Screws-5-lb/1000427389 $9.48

Of course this presumes you already have a way to cut the wood and at least a screwdriver. I suggest a power drill to save time and because it is much easier on your hands. Remember, I used 88 screws on this project. So for about $43.00 plus tax you can build yourself one too. Even better is to use reclaimed as much as you can. I'm also pretty sure you can get any of these items cheaper if you shop around.


Thanks for reading. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. I'll do my best to answer them within 24 hours. :)

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