DIY Compost Box

Hi Friends,

On a beautiful cool day in Florida, I decided to go to my local Lowes and pick up some cedar wood to build this little compost box for my garden. I had some leftover cedar laying around from some Pickets I bought earlier in the year I used for Planter Boxes.This is a sloppy “How To” if you are a newbie to building, but hopefully it can give you some inspiration.

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I Started with the Bottom of the box, this was made with some leftover Cedar Boards I had from an earlier project. I used 1×2’s along the sides with two screws going through each board.

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The sides were made with (3) 1″ x 8″  Tongue & Groove Cedar Boards. They were actually cheaper in price to get the Tongue & Groove than the regular 1 x 8s.

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Looking at the Inside of one the Side Walls.. I used a 1″ x 2″ on the length sides that were 1.5″ Shorter than the entire length. This is so that this Side Face will sit on the Bottom Face. (See next picture).

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Two Side Walls Created! You can see now why the 1″ x 2″ on the Side Walls need to be shorter than the length of the entire Side Wall. It rests on the Bottom Face of the Box. I used 3 exterior screws along the bottom of each Side Wall to attach them to the Bottom Face.

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The Front Wall of the Box is up! I made it the same way I made the sides, with (3) 1″ x8″ Tongue & Groove Boards. One Exterior Screw on each board on each side attaches it to the side Walls. I also used a couple screws along the bottom board to attach to the Bottom Face.

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Constructing the Back Wall- This is the one of the uglier sides of the Box because at this point I was just scrapping together whatever leftover wood I had to make the rest of the box. I used come cedar pickets to build most of the Back Wall.

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I used some of the leftover 1″ x 2″ to finish up the Back Wall.

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Building the Top Face- I was really scrapping wood together here. This is probably not the best way to build the Top, Like I said I just wanted to use what I had laying around. I used Fence Pickets & leftover 1″ x 2″ Boards to hold things together. I left a big whole in the middle because I bought some Acrylic Glass to cover it up.

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Putting on the Hardware!

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I bought this Acrylic Sheet because I thought it would be a good idea to let heat in the box. I have no idea if this is true though, I know lots of Compost Boxes on the Market don’t have such a thing. I don’t know much about composting, but I know it takes heat for things to cook and get the decomposing process going, so I thought maybe this would help. We’ll See.

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My final Product! I never measured it, it’s approx. 2′ long in each direction.

So It’s been about a month or so since I built this thing and I filled it up pretty quickly, mostly with leaves and pine needles, which I think will take a long time to break down. I’ll post an update if/when I get some compost I can use for the garden!

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