Welcome to March’s edition of the Scrapwood Series. (Which reminds me that I didn’t get around to posting a February scrapwood project – let’s call these drawer dividers my February project, okay? Great.) I hadn’t planned this project at all – I just woke up this morning thinking “I need to build a compost bin”. I’m not usually so spontaneous – maybe I needed a break from the kitchen makeover (or maybe I’m getting more spontaneous as I get older!). Anyway, I love a good quickie and this project takes less than 2 hours so if you’re lucky you can get the whole thing built during nap time.
(Note: This compost bin is more of a “place to dispose of the fruit and veg scraps” and less of a “place to make compost to spread on the garden” type of bin.)
Here we have my wood pile. It’s mostly decking so that’s what I used but you can use any scrap wood you’ve got (pallets would work well for this project too). I dug out some 1x2s to use as legs and then used a few decking boards to clad it.
Decide how high you want your compost bin and cut 4 legs a bit longer than that. Decide how wide you want the bin and cut your decking to that size. Then line the first piece of decking up flush with the ends of 2 legs and nail in place. I attached 5 pieces of decking and had a bit of leg leftover (this will be buried underground). Do this twice so you’ve got two sides made.
Now it’s time to make the lid. Cut some more decking pieces a bit wider than the box (this gives the lid a slight overhang). Then screw a couple of pieces of scrap wood on to hold the decking together.
Attach the lid to the bin with a couple of hinges. Here’s a little tip I often use: if your screws are too long and you’re too busy/lazy/broke to go buy the right size, just add some washers as spacers. This way the screws won’t go through your workpiece and out the other side.
Then all you have to do is plop your compost bin in the garden. Bury the legs down a bit so the box is sitting flush with the ground.
Each day you simply add your fruit and veg scraps (strips of newspaper and eggshells are good too) and hopefully soon the worms will come to investigate. I haven’t added any worms to mine, I’m of the Kevin Costner opinion: If You Build It, They Will Come. If you live in a hot climate like I do, you’ll need to add water once in a while too (the worms won’t come if it’s too dry).
*Linking up with The Creative Circle.*