All the wood was bought from Lowes. We spent about $160 on wood and screws. The 2x4 lumber is cheap and the entire frame cost $17.40 in 2x4s. The bulk of the budget went on the Cedar boards which is pricey stuff. However, if we have a prolific vegetable season, this should pay for itself in no time at all.
- 2x4x96 Kiln Dried Pine studs x 6
- 1x8x12 Cedar Board x 2
- 1x8x8 Cedar Board x 3
- 1x4x12 Cedar Board x 1
- 1x4x10 Cedar Board x 1
- 1-1/4" Star Drive All Weather Self Tapping Screws Box of 100
- 2-1/2" Kreg All Weather Self Tapping Pocket Hole Screws
I guess you could use nails but I prefer the controlled clamping of screws and they tend not to back out over time like nails do.
- Table Saw - for ripping and cutting ends to length. Boards are too wide for my mitre saw
- Mitre Saw - for cutting the 2x4's to length
- Power Drill for making pockets holes and screwing in screws
- Kreg Pocket Hole Jigs and Clamp
- Wood Glue (I prefer Elmers - sets fast and is crazy strong)
- Set Square for checking right angles
- Pencil or pen for marking cut lengths
- A 4ft clamp and a 6" clamp - not strictly neccessary but it serves as a third hand
- Measuring device (steel tape at least 10ft long will work the best)
- 5/8" Forstner Bit for making drain holes. Any other large size drill bit will work. I just happen to like Forstner bits.
- Sunscreen and a Springbok Rugby cap to keep the sun out of your face if you are working outside.
- Personal protective equipment like safety glasses, dust mask and whatever else you feel you need to keep you safe. Power tools can inflict massive amounts of life threatening injury in an instant, so please make sure you understand safe operation of your tools. If not, get training and always read the safety instructions that accompany your tools.