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Raised Bed Garden – Pt 1 The framework Ep#108

We decided with all the craziness going on that it was really important to get our raised bed garden in full swing this year.

I constructed 2’x3′ raised beds out of corrugated metal and 2x4s. Each raised bed cost about $43 to make, and will cost the average handy-person even less because I made several errors which resulted in me using half again the amount of wood originally required.

Cut and supply list for 7 raised beds:

2x4x19.5″ x 38 and rip 14 of those into 2x2s. (four 2x4s and four 2x2s per bed)
2x4x25″ x 14 – rip to 2x2s (four per bed)
Inside corners 25″ X 14 (two per bed)
Miters
45 degrees inside corners 36″ X 14 (two per bed)
Corrugated metal
*please note actual size is 26″ even if sold as 24″
Purchased six of the 24″x12′ and cut to fit the inside dimensions of each box.
Assembled with #10 x 3 1/2″ coarse auger thread construction screws for the wood, and pan head sheet metal screws #8 x 1″ (went through 1+ boxes of 100)

Assembly:

We assembled the tops and bottoms first using a #10 3 1/2″ construction screw*, and then we cut the sheet metal to fit each box individually. After we cut the sheet metal, we pre-drilled the holes into the sheet metal. 4 holes for the side panels (2 top, 2 bottom), and 6 holes for the front and back panels (3 top, 3 bottom).
Next, we used a 8×1 pan head sheet metal screw** to attach the sheet metal to the top and bottom frames of the bed.
Once the sheet metal was attached to both the tops and bottoms of the boards, we secured the inside corners using a 2″x2″x25″ piece of wood on the inside corner and then a 19.5″ 2×4 on the outside corner spanning the joint for the boards on the top and the bottom for increased strength) and then a 19.5″ 2×2 on the other side of the corner for symmetry and additional strength on the corner.

The joint will end up looking like this.
and here is a photo after we attach the mitered pieces to the top of the frame. You will want to trim those up so the corners meet up. You can also see the 2×2 on the inside corner in this image as well. The rocks on the ground are because that was how I marked out the layout of the garden on the ground.

Hardware images

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EP 107 – Shipping Container Part 2 – Ali has a PTSD Episode while we move the shipping container

WARNING! Content may be disturbing for some. I had my worst PTSD episode in a couple of years. I discuss heavily what’s happening and where things went wrong. Thankfully I worked my way through it and triumphed at the end, because that’s what I do. #PTSD #construction
#shippingcontainer #ptsdepisode #anatomyofptsd #panic #panicattack
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We bought a shipping container to house our materials for the build, but ran into some issues when they dropped it off and opted to take the opportunity to prepare the area where Mike ultimately wants the shipping container to end up after the build.
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Ep 105 – Upgrading Tools – We purchased a County Line 25 Ton Log Splitter

We were getting down to the last of our firewood at the beginning of the year, and we needed to split some quickly ahead of an incoming storm, except we were down to some very stubborn logs, so we purchased a log splitter!
#firewood #logsplitter #countyline #25ton #tools #choppingwood #wood #mikegyver
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Ep 104 – A Serviceable Garment – Sewing my first article of clothing

Mike helped me learn to use the sewing machine, and I made what he is calling, “A serviceable garment” LOL I’ll need to try some new things for the next iteration of the shirt, but I’m looking forward to the next one!
#serviceablegarment #sewing #clothing #garment
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Ep 103 Cold Process Castile Soap

Here is my vlog about making Castile Soap! Recipe and recommendations below!
#castilesoap #soaptutorial #castilesoaptutorial #soapmaking #coldprocesssoap
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Recipe fills 5 lb soap mold
50 oz olive oil pomace
14 oz water
6.37 oz lye

Once again, this didn’t quite fill the mold so I would maybe go up to 56 oz and use a lye calculator and set you water by volume of oils to 28% and recalculate the amount of water and lye you should use based on the amount of oil that you’re using.
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Ep101 Tools for Life – Gifts for a teenager – Mike installs a heat powered fan for the wood stove

Arden is 18! I can’t believe my baby is turning into an adult! We wanted to help prepare him for adulthood so we got him some tools for life. Mike installs a wood stove fan to try and help distribute heat throughout the house. #toolsforlife #tools #happybirthday #adulthood Buy soap & lotion from our website or view our blog posts. All products are hand crafted by Ali. https://lazyaholeranch.com Become a Patron! – https://www.patreon.com/lazyaholeranch Visit us on FB and Instagram @lazyaholeranch @lazyaholepets @lazyaholesoap