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How to build a compost bin from reclaimed wood

Sides, top, partition for compost bin

Photo: Vincent Standley

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Add sides, top doors, partition

Note: We've moved the composter to its new home, but this work should be completed with the previous steps.

Sides: Build two frames for the sides. For the top and bottom cut two pieces of 33" x 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" and for the sides cut two pieces of 25" x 1 1/2" x 1 1/2". With scraps or remaining lumber cut pieces 29" x 1/2" and nail across frame.

Top doors: Each should be 35" wide x 33" deep and can be covered with slats 1/2" thick.

Middle partition: For the top and bottom cut two pieces of 33" x 2" x 2" and for the sides cut two pieces of 25" x 2" x 2". Assemble frame. Cut ten more 25" x 2 x 2s and fill frame leaving 1/2" gaps between each 2" x 2".