Vegetable Garden (2019-0628 added contact)

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aborack@gmail.com added on 5/3/2019

We built a vegetable garden sized at 10'L x 5'W x 16" D using 2"x8" and 6"x6" ACQ Pressure Treated wood. The foundation is the 6"x6" timbers which are very heavy - a 10' timber weights in around 100 pounds. The size of the garden required nearly 2.6 yards of dirt and leaving about 3" clearance.

Directions

Follow the steps below to complete this project.

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STEP 1 - PRE-ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS

1. Lay out all pieces of the 2” x 8” on a flat surface 2. Measure & trim down to the 10’ Length so all pieces are the same 3. Locate the area where the Garden will be built and stake out the area to the 10’L x 5’W dimension 4. Clean out any debris, grass

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STEP 2 - BASE ASSEMBLY

6” x 6” x 10’ (C) & 6” x 6” x 5’ (C-1) 1. Assemble the 4 sides of the Vegetable Garden, level and square up the sides 2. Drive 2 FastenMaster TimberLOK 10” Hex Head screws through the 6” x 6” x 10’ (C) directly into the end of the 6” x 6” x 5’ (C-1) 3. Repeat this procedure on all 4 corners.

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STEP 3 - 10’ LONG SIDE ASSEMBLY-1:

Bridge 2” x 8” x 10’ (B)and 2” x 3 3/4” x10’ (A) 1. Take 1 of the 2 pieces of the 2” x 8” x 10’ (B) and 1 of the 2 pieces of the Ripped 2” x 3 3/4” x 10’ (A) and place them on saw horses. Align the two pieces to get the best fit. 2. Using 2 or 3 clamps, clamp the 2 pieces together. The 2” x 3 3/4" (A) piece should be the upper piece (you will see why later). 3. Take 2 or 3 of the 1” x 2” x 16” (D) strips and align and squared to the top of the 2” x 3 3/4” x 10’ (A). Using your nail gun, nail in 2 or 3 galvanized nails ONLY into the LOWER 2” x 8” x 10’ (B). DO NOT NAIL the strips into the UPPER 2” x 3 3/4” (A) piece at this time. 4. Remove the clamps and dry fit the 2” x 8” x 10’ (B) with the support strips (D) to the 6” x 6” timb

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STEP 3 - 10’ LONG SIDE ASSEMBLY-2

5. Apply a ribbon of Gorilla Wood Glue to the 6” x 6” timber (C), then place the 2” x 8” x 10’ (B) back on the 6” x 6” timber (C). With your nail gun, drive 2 or 3 galvanized 16 Gauge 1 1/2” nails through the 1” x 2” support strips (D) and into the 6” x 6” to keep the 2” x 8” x 10’ (B) in place and steady for the installation of the 2” x 3 3/4" (A) piece. 6. Drive 2 or 3 FastenMaster TimberLOK 10” Hex Head screws down through the 2” x 8” x 10’ (B) and into the 6”x 6” timber (C). Be sure to drive it deep so it does not leave the head above the surface of the 2” x 8” x 10’ (B). This will assure there is a tight bond between the 2” x 8” and the 6” x 6”.

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STEP 3 - 10’ LONG SIDE ASSEMBLY-3

7. Apply a ribbon of Gorilla Wood Glue to the 2” x 8” x10’ (B) and place the 2” x 3 3/4” x 10’ (A) in place. Drive 2 or 3 galvanized 16 Gauge 1 1/2” nails into the support strips (D) with your nail gun to hold the 2” x 3 3/4” x 10’ (A) for the next step. 8. Drive 3 8” FastenMaster HeadLOK Flathead screws into the 2” x 3 3/4” x 10’ (A) and into the 2” x 8” x 10’ (B). 9. Repeat these procedures for the other Long Side of the Garden.

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STEP 4 - 5’ END SECTION ASSEMBLY-1

Bridge 2” x 8” x 10’ (B-1) and 2” x 3 3/4” x 10’ (A-1) Comment: I suggest if you match up all the sides, ends, and inside pieces, you should mark them, so you know what pieces fit together with another and include an arrow or other marking to indicate where the best alignment is located. 1. Take 1 piece of the 2” x 8” x 5’ (B-1) and 1 piece of the Ripped 2” x 3 3/4” x 5’ (A-1) and place them on saw horses. Align the two pieces to get the best fit. 2. Using 2 or 3 clamps, clamp the 2 pieces together. The 2” x 3 3/4" (A-1) piece should be the upper piece (you will see why later).

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STEP 4 - 5’ END SECTION ASSEMBLY-2

3. Take 2 or 3 of the 1” x 2” x 16” (D) strips and align and squared to the top of the 2” x 3 3/4” x 5’ (A-1). Using your nail gun, nail in 2 or 3 galvanized nails ONLY into the LOWER 2” x 8” x 5’ (B-1). DO NOT NAIL the strips into the UPPER 2” x 3 3/4” (A-1) piece at this time. 4. Remove the clamps and dry fit the 2” x 8” x 5’ (B-1) with the support strips (D) to the 6” x 6” x 5’ timber (C-1).

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STEP 4 - 5’ END SECTION ASSEMBLY-3

5. Apply a ribbon of Gorilla Wood Glue to the 6” x 6” timber (C-1), then place the 2” x 8” x 10’ (B-1) back on the 6” x 6” timber (C-1). With your nail gun, drive 2 or 3 galvanized 16 Gauge 1 1/2” nails through the 1” x 2” support strips (D) and into the 6” x 6” to keep the 2” x 8” x 10’ (B-1) in place and steady for the installation of the 2” x 3 3/4" (A-1) piece. 6. Drive 2 or 3 FastenMaster TimberLOK 10” Hex Head screws down through the 2” x 8” x 5’ (B-1) and into the 6”x 6” timber (C-1). Be sure to drive it deep so it does not leave the head above the surface of the 2” x 8” x 5’ (B-1). This will assure there is a tight bond between the 2” x 8” and the 6”x 6”.

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STEP 4 - 5’ END SECTION ASSEMBLY-4

7. Apply a ribbon of Gorilla Wood Glue to the 2” x 8” x 5’ (B-1) and place the 2” x 3 3/4” x 5’ (A-1) in place. Drive 2 or 3 galvanized 16 Gauge 1 1/2” nails into the support strips (D) with your nail gun to hold the 2” x 3 3/4” x 5’ (A-1) for the next step. 8. Drive 3 8” FastenMaster HeadLOK Flathead screws into the 2” x 3 3/4” x 5’ L (A-1) and into the 2” x 8” x 5’ L (B-1). 9. Repeat these procedures for the other End.

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STEP 5 - INSTALL WEED BARRIER

Note: This must be completed whether you plan to proceed to the next step of installing Inside Cross Bar partitions 1. Make sure the ground inside the Garden area is clear of any grass 2. Roll out 2 lengths of the fabric to cover the entire base of the Garden 3. Staple the fabric to the lower part of the Ends of the 6” x 6” pieces (C-1)

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STEP 6 - 5’ INSIDE CROSS BAR-1

Bridge 2” x 8” x 5’ (B-1) and 2” x 3 3/4” x 10’ (A-1) and 6” x 6” x 16” timber (E). OPTIONAL Comment: As in the previous section, I suggested you match up all the sides, ends, and inside pieces, and marking them so you know what pieces fit together with another and include an arrow or other marking to indicate where the best alignment is located 1. Take 1 piece of the 2” x 8” x 5’ (B-1) and 1 piece of the Ripped 2” x 3 3/4” x 5’ (A-1) and place them on saw horses. Align the two pieces to get the best fit.

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STEP 6 - 5’ INSIDE CROSS BAR-2

2. Center the 2” x 8” x 5’ (B-1) on the 6” x 6” x 16” timber (E) and mark its position. Apply a ribbon of Gorilla Wood Glue to the 6”x 6” timber (E) and Drive 2 FastenMaster TimberLOK 10” Hex Head screws down through the 2” x 8” x 5’ (B-1) into the 6” x 6” timber (E). Be sure to drive the screws deep enough so it does not leave the head above the surface of the 2” x 8” x 5’ (B-1). 3. Apply a ribbon of Gorilla Wood Glue to the 2” x 8” x 5’ (B-1) and place the 2” x 3 3/4” x 5’ (A-1) in place. Drive 3 8” FastenMaster HeadLOK Flathead screws into the 2” x 3 3/4” x 5’ (A-1) and into the 2” x 8” x 5’ (B-1). 4. Repeat these procedures for the other Cross Bar Sections.

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STEP 6 - 5’ INSIDE CROSS BAR-3

All 3 pieces laid out – note the center line drawn on the 16” piece of 6” x 6”, and the 2 10” Fasten Master TimberLOK screws partially driven in to the 2x8. The 2 x 3 ¾” piece is shown to the left of the 6” x 6”

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STEP 7 - INSTALL WALKWAY (OPTION)-1

Comment: With the installation of partitions of the 10’L there may be occasion for you to reach into the center of the Garden. A walkway that runs the length of the 10’L offers you the ability to reach the center easily. 1. Mark the center point on both of the 5’ widths Ends (A-1). This mark should be at 30”. 2. Mark the center point on both ends of Walkway Plank (F). This mark should be at 3 3/4" from either the left or right side. 3. Lay the Walkway Plank down and align with the markings.

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STEP 7 - INSTALL WALKWAY (OPTION)-2

4. Drive 2 4 1/2" HeadLOK Screws at the ends and then drive 1 4 1/2" screw into each of the Inside Partitions. The reason for the screws into each of the Inside Partitions is to provide a secure walking area. 5. DO NOT GLUE the Walkway Plank – You may wish to remove the Plank permanently and/or only install it when you need to reach the inside. AND the plank will be in your way when you drop in, and level off the 2.62 cubic yards of top soil.

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STEP 9 - BUILDING A RAMP -1

Note: We needed a wheelbarrow ramp for 2 reasons. First, we needed to move top 3 yards of soil from the driveway to the backyard. Second, the 6”x6”x10’ and 6”x6”x5’ timbers are heavy, and we needed to transport them to the backyard and the ramp made sense. The pitch of the ramp had to be low due to the weight of the top soil in a wheelbarrow. 1. Using 2 2” x 8” x 10’ planks, fit the end that rests on the step into one end of the plank and screw in using a 2 ½” HeadLOK or 2 ½” TimberLOK wood screw. 2. Determine the distance (spread) needed for the wheelbarrow to travel up the planks

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STEP 9 - BUILDING A RAMP -2

3. Using a piece of scrap 2”x 4”, 2” x 6”, or 2” x 8”, cut the piece to the length and attach it to the 10’ planks at a midway point on the planks to keep the 2 planks stationary. 4. Using scrap pieces of 6”x6”, determine their length and position 1 piece under each of the 10’ planks. Using a HeadLOK 4 ½” wood screw, drive 1 screw through the 10’ plank into the 6” x 6” timber. 5. Using a piece of scrap 2”x 4”, 2” x 6”, or 2” x 8”, cut the piece to the same length as used in Step 2. (optional)

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STEP 9 - BUILDING A RAMP -3

6. Using a table saw, cut a 45-degree angle along the length and fit the piece at the end of the 10’ planks. (optional) Comment: I don’t have a photograph of the ramp as I had taken it apart before I determined it might be a good idea to include the photograph in this document.

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MOCKUP OF SIDES/ENDS-1A

Note: The pictures are a mockup – and as such, the lumber was scrap material. The Steps and the Lumber Cuts sections define the required lengths. Your attention is directed to Steps 3 – 10’ Long Side Assembly and Step 4 – 5’ End Section Assembly. These 2 sections identify how the pieces are held together with TimberLOK and HeadLOK woodscrews and in what order the woodscrews are driven into the lumber.

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MOCKUP OF SIDES/ENDS-1B

Mockup Figure 1 – Identifies the 2”x8”, 2”x3 ¾”, and 1”x2” pieces 1. The 1”x2” strips are aligned width the tops of the 2” x 3 ¾” pieces and will extend below the 2: x 8” pieces. 2. Using a Square, ensure the 1” x 2” are squared up to the top and with your Nail Gun, drive 2 or 3 1 ½” galvanized nails into the 2” x 8” section ONLY.

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MOCKUP OF SIDES/ENDS-2

Mockup Figure 2 – Identifies the 2”x8” with the 1”x2” pieces secured 1. Once the 1”x2” strips are secured to the 2” x 8” piece, it is safe to move the 2” x 3 ¾” piece and held until needed again.

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MOCKUP OF SIDES/ENDS-3

Mockup Figure 3 – Identifies the 2”x8” resting on the 6” x 6” section using the 1”x2” strips as a guide.

Tools Used:

Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(3) 6x6, 120", ACQ Pressure Treated  
(10) 2x8, 120", ACQ Pressure Treated  
(2) 1x2, 96", Board  

Hardware/Supplies:

(1) 8oz Gorlla Glue (tan)  
(1) FastenMaster HeadLOK 8" Wood Screws (BOX)  
(1) FastenMaster HeadLOK 4 1/2" Wood Screws (BOX)  
(1) FastenMaster TimberLOK 10" Hex Head Wood Screws (BOX)  
(1) DeWalt 1 1/2" Galvanized Finishing Nails (BOX)  
(1) Vigoro Weed Barrier (ROLL)  
(1) Highland Ramparts 8" Ramp Kit (1 Pair)  

Parts/Cut List:

(2) (A) - Long Sides Upper, 2" x 3 3/4" x 10'  
(2) (B) Long Sides Lower, 2" x 8" x 10'  
(2) (A-1) Ends Upper, 2" x 3 3/4" x 5'  
(3) (A-2) Inside Partitions Upper, 2" x 3 3/4" x 5'  
(2) (B-1) Ends Lower, 2" x 8" x 5'  
(3) (B-2) Inside Partitions Lower, 2" x 8" x 5'  
(2) (C) Sides Base, 6" x 6" x 10'  
(2) (C-1) Ends Base, 6" x 6" x 5'  
(12) (D) Support Strips, 1" x 2" x 16"  
(3) (E) Inside Partitions Base, 6" x 6" x 16"  
(1) (F) Walkway , 2" x 8" x 10'  

Extras:

Vegetable Garden (with walkway) 2019-0502P.docx Download
Contact Me.pdf Download

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