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post #1 of 6 Old 05-15-2020, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Question Garden Bed Box Corner Joint Advice

I have no woodworking experience since shop class in junior high which was over 20 years ago. I want to make a raised garden bed akin to those found when searching the web for corrugated raised bed. The total size is 6'x3'x26" to fit around the pieces of corrugated steel. I've also started teaching myself SketchUp.

I started with 4x4 posts and a 2x4 frame and was just going to get some deck screws and slap it together.
Then I googled about pocket screws, joiners, planers, and chisels.

I came up with a 4x4 rail concept joined at the corner. Look out getting fancy now.


I've currently backed off my intentions from the joint with the three 4x4s and am leaning towards using pocket screws.



Considerations:
The only tools I have are a chop-saw and drill/driver.
Don't want to break the bank.
Most likely material will be s4s from the big box. Maybe a 1x6 of cedar on top.

Any advice on how should I proceed is welcome:

Option A) Keep it simple with deck screws?
Option B) Step it up with pocket screws?
Option C) Fancy joints?
Option D) Other...

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post #2 of 6 Old 05-15-2020, 03:03 PM
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Option A
Keep it simple with deck screws.
The wood will rot in few years anyways.
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I have no woodworking experience since shop class in junior high which was over 20 years ago.
Considerations:
The only tools I have are a chop-saw and drill/driver.
to me, that means you should not expose yourself to such frustrations
with a complicated project such as this one. (as per your drawings).
if your metal is not the right size, how do you intend to cut it ?

Option "A" would look very nice full of flowers and herbs !!!

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If it's going to be outside in the sun and rain. It's days are numbered. Slap it together. Use the cool joinery for something inside that will last for years and years and years!
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I just completed another one like you are proposing. Keep it simple and use deck screws. I used 2x4's at the corners instead of 4x4's.
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Option A
Keep it simple with deck screws.
The wood will rot in few years anyways.

Yes, keep it simple. It is a simple project the way you originally planned so do not complicate with fancy joints or the

like.


The corrugated sheet needs to be made for constant ground contact or it will rust. Use treated lumber and it will last. For what you are doing you could also use treated 4" round posts. Probably cheaper that 4x4. Your screws should also be galvanized or stainless.


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