How to Build "No Nail" 4×4 Raised Garden Beds

How to Build "No Nail" 4×4 Raised Garden Beds

There is a long list of benefits to using raised beds in your garden. Raised bed gardening reduces much of the back-breaking work of gardeners, limiting the need for digging, tilling, weeding, and in some cases bending. Raised bed gardening allows for better soil control, improves water retention, and creates an essential barrier against garden pests.

In this DIY video, Bridget and Evan will show you how they built a 4×4 redwood raised bed that requires no nails or screws to put together. A raised bed that gives you all the benefits of raised bed gardening but is also easy to put together, take apart, and move if needed.

You can also purchase pre-made raised beds like this one at Garden In Minutes

0:00 Start
01:00 Raised Bed Build Details
02:00 Raised Bed Material Costs & Tools
02:54 Crowning Lumber
04:19 8 Foot Board Miter Saw Cuts
05:50 Raised Bed Board Notch templating
07:48 Notch Cutting with a Miter Saw
08:31 Notch Cutting with a Circular Saw
09:00 Notch Cutting with a Jigsaw
11:22 Bolt hole templating 1/4 in. Impact Driver
12:00 Counter sinking boards 7/8 in. Spade Bit
13:00 Board Hole Drilling 7/16 in. Spade Bit
15:08 Cutting Rods with Grinder
15:48 Adding the 3/8 in Locking Nuts
16:45 No Nail 4×4 Raised Bed Recap

4×4 Raised Garden Beds
11 in. Deep
45 in. Interior Length & Width
48 in. Exterior Length & Width

Project Time: 6 hours
4 – 2x6x8’ Redwood Boards
2 – All Thread aka Galvanized Steel
Fully Threaded Rod, 3/8″, 36″ Length,
4 – 3/8 in Locking Nuts

Project Cost:
$13.57 (per board – 4) 2x6x8 Redwood
$3.58 (per rod – 2) 3/8 in. x 36 in. Threaded Rod
$3.56 (25-Pack) 3/8 in Locking Nut
$65.00 for One 4×4 Raised Bed

Tools Used:
Sliding Compound Miter Saw
Circular Saw
1/4 in. Impact Driver
– 1/8” Wood Drill Bit
– 7/8 in. Spade Bit
– 7/16 in. Spade Bit
Angle Grinder
Adjustable Wrench

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  1. Jerry Salgat on January 1, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    Really nice job.

  2. Anthony O on January 1, 2022 at 4:25 pm

    Nice build, but looks way too labor intensive just for a raised planter box. Most people don’t have access to all these power tools to accomplish a square box. I use a box of deck screws and waste no time or wood for this build. Butt joints work fine and when the season is over, I can back out all the screws and store my boards in a dry place till next season

  3. Michael Marchione on January 1, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    Good idea for a temp. setup. Very nice looking too.

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