Anyways... So my husband took out his tools and installed a workstation and on we went with the plans. We wanted a bin that doesn't require any nails and is easy to put together and take apart. We also wanted to have an easy way to add to it if we eventually want it a little higher. We chose to use larch wood, because it is resistant to rot, even when in constant contact with the ground.
Each panel is 115 cm long. We cut gaps in each end of it, as to create an easy lock-in-place system.
|Gaps cut out at each end of each panel|
When all the planks were cut out as planned, we gave them a coat of lin oil for extra protection. After 24 hour drying, we were finally able to put the whole together.
|Each piece locks this way together, requiring no nail at all|
Two opposite panels of the base row are half as wide as the others, so that all 4 sides of the base are sitting on the ground. The top panels have gaps only on their underside. This way, the top is left complete and smooth looking.
|Cleaning out the wild corner|
|The compost corner|
Sitting in this corner, the bin is easy access, while being out of the way so we don't need to be looking at it when we relax on the terrace.
|Easy access while out of the way|
The bin is intended for yard waste only, so it should not really attract rodents or anything. Although, I do have a friend who's compost bin once became a hedgehog home! Awww :)
My husband and I had a lot of fun doing this project together. Hey, we make a great team you know! :)