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Merbau raised garden bed

Chaks_DIY
Super Contributor
Chaks_DIY
Chaks_DIY
Super Contributor

A stylish planter built using Pine sleepers and cladded with Merbau.

 

 

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The project

 

Finally got to put together this garden bed using Sienna H4 Micropro Pine sleepers and Merbau. Very happy with the end product.

 

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I'm planning on planting some weather-friendly herbs. I used to use small pots so it'll be nice to have this for a change. 

 

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It cost about $200 for the following:

 

  • 4 x 3m sleepers (cut to 4 x 1800mm and four x 400mm)

 

  • 7 x 1800mm (70x19mm)

 

  • 5 x 1200mm (70x19mm)

 

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More planter projects

 

Rufaro also created a beautiful bench seat with a built-in planter box.

 

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Find more ideas for your next gardening project in our Top 10 most popular raised garden beds.

 

Comments
saidandem
Budding Contributor

Thanks for sharing. This is exactly (or atleast 95% of ) what I am planning to do this summer :). This post really helped me to have some basic idea of how and where to start with. The other 5% of my planning is to include LED strip lights over the top edge. Some like in the below image.

 

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I highly appreciate any tips regarding this. Thanks :smile:

EricL
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Hello @saidandem

 

Thanks for sharing your proposed project for summer. My best advice for your project is to make sure that the LED lighting system your using is rated for outside use. I suggest having a look at Lytworx 5m Smart Light Strip and seeing if it is suitable for your needs. As the seasons pass the adhesive on the LED strip sometimes fails. I recommend using DETA 10mm White Flat Cable Clips - 20pk to hold the strip in place. My only other advice is to make sure that your powerpoint is covered from the weather and is rated for outdoor use.

 

Let me tag our experienced members @TedBear and @r23on for their recommendations.

 

Please keep us updated with your progress, we look forward to the start of your build.

 

Eric

 

r23on
Valued Contributor

My suggestion to ensure you check the IP rating when you chase down the LED lighting strips, ensure a rating of IP67 or higher and the same should apply to the power point Or have the entire system driven by solar.

 

KatieC
Member Engagement
Member Engagement

This is a really great project @Chaks_DIY ! The garden bed really pops against your fence too!

@saidandem that is an awesome inspo picture, looking forward to seeing your final product :smile: 

saidandem
Budding Contributor

@EricLand @r23on Thanks for your valuable inputs. Can't wait for the lockdown to be finished and visit a store to browse (in person) the materials  (for preparation :smile:

noob
New Contributor

Hi @Chaks_DIY,

Saw a couple of your projects as I am looking to do some DIY myself. I am very new to DIY and so want to know details of materials and tools needed. I was able to find the pine and merbau as mentioned above, but I want to know more about tools and other stuff you use. Do you use nail gun or screws to assemble it together?

 

Thanks

EricL
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Hello @noob

 

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community. It's fabulous to have you join us, and thank you for sharing your question about what tools are necessary to assemble the raised garden bed.

 

Let me tag @Chaks_DIY to make him aware of your question. Looking carefully at the raised garden bed, this can easily be assembled using basic tools. I've made a list below of the possible things you'll need to put this together.

 

 

In regards to the screws to be used on the timber. The thing to keep in mind is that the length of the screw will be based on the thickness of the timber. A thicker gauge will always provide more support. Make sure that the screws you choose are rated for outside use or "coated". 

 

If you need more advice or information, please let us know.

 

Eric

 

noob
New Contributor

@EricL Thank you for the list. I was able to learn from here and make 3 raised garden beds. I am looking at different other projects as well for my garden. I had hired a professional to do the job, but he started the job, got sick, came back and said spent lot of money on treatments, took some more money and did a bit of work and now says he quoted less and can't do the job anymore. Been a year already since he started the work. So I decided to learn from here and Bunnings videos and do it myself. I really appreciate your responses, help and guidance.

EricL
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Hello @noob

 

Thank you so much for the update, I'm glad I was able to provide you with information that helped with your project. Would it be possible for you to post a photo of your raised garden bed? I'm sure our members would be keen to see your build. It's fantastic that you've gained the knowledge and confidence to do the raised garden. If you have any other projects on the go, please don't hesitate to share them.

 

I look forward to seeing your next project.

 

Eric

 

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