The compost bin is finished! Well, OK, I can add a lid ta keep critters out, but that's not urgent. Last time you saw it, it looked like this.
I could have just cut boards to length to slide down into the post slots, but allowing air into the composting material is very important. So I wanted to add spacers between the boards to create gaps where air could get in.
One site suggested using 3" screws sticking out an inch to make the gaps. I decided they would eventually push into the boards below. So I made 1" wide wood spacers.
I started building the compost bin in mid-May. The major reason is for making the compost, and I have a LOT of compostable material in the yard), but it was also a labor of love in the construction. I am no great wood-worker or even a decent carpenter, but I put a lot of technique into this project.
I used tools and jigs I have owned for a decade and never used before. I deliberately did some things that weren't strictly necessary but improved the strength and future durability. I overbuilt it in some ways...
Because the first compost bin I built here "fell right over" and it has annoyed me for a decade. I knew all the mistakes and made sure not to repeat them.
And I loved every minute of building the new one. I got much better at some routine building techniques and learned new ones. The tenoning jig was a wonder to use and I am now amazed at my hesitation to use it before! I developed some new skills of half-lap board connections. I even finally used my jointer.
And my tenoning jig.
I can now read Sanskrit, can divide by zero, and program in C! Just kidding...
But I did learn some really good techniques cutting and fitting wood. And that encourages me to try some indoors furniture. I think an end table with a floating top will be a good project. I would like to get into building Arts&Craft style furniture. Just for me. I'll never be good enough for selling anything.
But the compost bin will do for now...