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Post  CapeCoddess on Fri Dec 26, 2014 3:38 pm

Has anyone tried anything like this? I wonder how it holds up?

http://mikesbackyardnursery.com/2014/12/build-raised-garden-bed/

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Post  Marc Iverson on Fri Dec 26, 2014 5:02 pm

The legs look a little weak to me. Like one unlucky stumble could bring the thing down or cause some damage.
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Post  CapeCoddess on Fri Dec 26, 2014 6:07 pm

@Marc Iverson wrote:The legs look a little weak to me.  Like one unlucky stumble could bring the thing down or cause some damage.

I thought that myself. I think 4x4s would work better...ya think?
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Post  johnp on Fri Dec 26, 2014 6:35 pm

A couple of cross braces and  it would be perfect. Two by's strong enough.
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Post  boffer on Fri Dec 26, 2014 8:02 pm

+1

The joints at the top of the legs will be susceptible to horizontal  forces.  Bracing  will strengthen the joint.

Either cross braces as John suggested, or knee braces, like I drew in.

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Post  sanderson on Sat Dec 27, 2014 1:25 am

DH used treated 4" x 4" for the posts and 2" x 4" for the sides and every-2-feet support beams. Screwed and bolted, filled and watered, we were still able to drag and lift 2 beds across the grass. Very strong. They are 2' x 8' and 2.5' x 4'.

If I had to build table tops by myself, I might try this for 2' x 3-4' table tops. They would have to stay in place once filled and planted.
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Post  sanderson on Sat Dec 27, 2014 2:38 pm

I should amend what I said about leaving this model in place. DH put wheels on my Gwennifer's Table Top and the legs are just 2" x 4". I would add the lower boards just to make it a tighter unit. even if there is no bottom bed.
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