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Merbau raised garden bed

Super Contributor
Super Contributor

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





The project


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




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. 




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




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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.




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

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.




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.


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: 

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:

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