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Picture of Making a compost box
Making a compost box is very simple, requires little materials, and is great for the environment.

Step 1: Making the box

Picture of Making the box
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The box should be 2-4-8. Keep in mind that your box has no top. You can make your box out of one 4-8 piece of wood, two 2-4 pieces of wood, and two 2-8 pieces of wood.

NOTE: you can make your boxes different sizes, just use scale factors for the dirt, worms, ect.
 
johnny3h4 years ago
This is one pretty [beautiful] project, BUT...  it's a lot of work for something that's just going to weather and rot.

I've been composting for over 30 years and have given up on any containers.  I just use large unconstrained piles [4-6 feet in diameter and 4-5 feet high to start].  I also did, and still 'run' several piles at the same time.  I never mix new 'stuff' into a 'mature' pile.

When I did 'contain' my compost piles, I used 4 old discarded wooden pallets and secured the corners with baling wire.  When it was time to turn the pile, I just remove dthe wire corner ties, moved the pallets over about 4 feet and reassembled with the baling wire ties

I do the same procedure now, but without any containment.

To move a pile, I break the compost up somewhat, and then spade or shovel the material into a 'new' pile.  During the transfer, if needed, I properly 'water' the material.

When using the pallet method, and the pallets begin to disentegrate, I just replaced with new used pallets, and broke the old rotting ones up and put in the bottom of the newer pile to enhance air circulation.
dlfrand5 years ago
I think the information is very useful! Use your imagination on making a box. Use 2x6s (4) Screw them together to form four corners then use 1x4s or 2x4s the length to fit the space you have. Use sheet rock screws to fasten them to the 2x6 corners you've made and then ... good luck making compost. If you want to make a good drawing go to Google Sketchup7, download it, do the tutorials and make a drawing of what you want it to look like.
dacker6 years ago
Details on building the box would be helpful.
Since he just borrowed the pictures from the web..... I don't think construction details will be forthcoming.
tomsaccount (author)  Tool Using Animal6 years ago
Sorry guys, mine is already built so I can not show you pictures of the process.
 Regardless whether the box is built or not, detailed pictures could be made or at least a brief outline of how you cut the boards to construct it.  I totally agree with the others, this is not an instructable about how to "Make a compost box" and the title should be changed.
Then I'd suggest changing the title to something like, "Starting and Managing a Compost Box".
cogni6 years ago
Yes, this Instructable is mis-titled. It is not about how to make a compost box, but rather, how to compost.
Mr.Hambone6 years ago
Where is the "making" portion of this instructable? At least give us a close-up of the joints you used or a rough drawing.
jackaroo4006 years ago
Useless really without instructions on building the box...