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  1. hello I in the process of building a similar cedar raised bed based on your design. My overall dimensions are 88″ width, 25.5″ depth and 31″ tall; its about 19 cubic ft. I didn’t use pocket holes but used deck screws, my legs are on the inside, and i used 6 legs, also added 6 lap joints attached to the 6 legs to support the inner, load bearing cross beams. I’m planning to finish it with Osmo decking oil. Thanks for the inspiration! I’m curious how yours held up over time?

    1. Mine held up great! I did end up wishing I had added some additional supports inside as we had a bit of warping after a few seasons, but it sounds like you’ve got that covered!

  2. Jessica T says:

    Since yours are so deep, I recommend burying a bunch of big empty water bottles at the bottom of your planter to take up space without adding weight. It’s worked great in some of my giant planter pots! 🙂

  3. Amanda Swiderek says:

    Thank you for the detailed information. I ‘m preparing to start my first raised bed. In the past I have only planted in the ground but now with the info. you provided, I will try something new.
    Thanks again for the pics & details,
    Amanda Swiderek

  4. George Nasser says:

    Hi Amanda,
    I like your raised garden bed design a lot and I plan to use it to build one for my wife. However, a 4’x2’ size is a little small and I wanted to modify it to build a 6’x2’ size. Do you know if support legs in the middle would be sufficient to support the additional weight of soil? I also like the shelf idea because it gives the structure added strength. Please let me know as soon as you are able. Thanks in advance!!!

    1. I would add some additional support if you’re making it larger – mine had some issues with support after a few seasons of supporting the weight of the soil. So, maybe a bit of extra framing on the inside would be helpful!