Thanks for purchasing one (or more) of our kitset VEG Beds! These assembly instructions, along with the plans and the youtube movie are designed to make it easy for you to assemble your new VEG Bed/s so you can get on with growing delicious vegies at home.
First, look over the plans to get a feel for what the finished bed will look like, and what we mean by side sleepers, end sleepers, posts, vertical braces, and horizontal braces.
Next check out the template, a little bit of wood with differently marked holes.
Download these instructions here.
Supplied to you:
- These instructions, the plans and the link to the movie
- All timber required for your bed (made up of 40mmx200mm sleeper lengths and four 90mmx90mm posts per bed)
- The template to help drill the pilot holes in the right place
- Enough 75mm bugle-head batten screws to assemble your bed (which we will have given you)
Supplied by you:
- A 5mm hex bit (available at purchase for $2)
- A 5 or 5.5mm drill bit (available at purchase for $2)
- A hand-held drill (cordless better but not essential) for the drill bit
- Ideally another drill or even better impact driver for the 5mm hex bit (you can use the same drill but it takes a bit longer to swap from the drill bit to the hex bit and back a lot)
- A level surface like a path, deck or driveway to assemble the beds on within easy carrying distance from the final bed location
- A few hours of time & ideally a friend or two
Drill Pilot Holes
Before you start assembling your bed, use the template to drill pilot holes in the ends of all the sleeper lengths (not the posts or braces). Check out your template, which should look like this:
The template has a line in pencil drawn down the middle. One side of the line has three holes and is labelled “L”. This means “Long side” and you use these three holes to drill pilot holes in the long sleepers or the sides of your bed. The other side of the template has two holes and is labelled “S”. This means “Short side” and you use these two holes to drill pilot holes in the short sleepers or ends of your bed.
Start with one of the side (long) sleepers. Place the template with the “L” arrow pointing towards the end of the sleeper like in the following photo.
Now drill through three “L” holes in the template into and through the sleeper as shown in the following three photos.
Repeat this procedure at the other end of the sleeper and then for all remaining long side sleepers. It is much easier to drill all the pilot holes in one hit rather than sleeper by sleeper as you go along.
Now using your template side marked "S" (for short sleepers), repeat the pilot drilling process described above, for all your short end sleepers. All your sleepers are now ready for attaching!
Assembly Step 1 - Assemble Top Rectangle of Sleepers
You now want to choose some nice looking sleepers (being rough sawn some will be slightly more rough sawn than others) for the top of the bed. Lay these (four) sleepers out on a level surface in the shape of the bed (See Step One in the plans).
Next, taking two 75mm batten screws, line any of the corners up as per the plans so where the two sleepers join at the top and on the side is perfectly flush. Holding them flush, take the drill and drill through the two end-most pilot holes in the side sleeper into the end sleeper, then take two batten screws and attach the side sleeper to the end sleeper. You now have an L-shape of two joined sleepers.
Repeat the process at the other end of the side sleeper to form a U. Now add the final end sleeper to form a rectangle.
That’s it, Step One is behind you.
Assembly Step 2 – Add posts
You might want to check the movie again, but Step Two is to lift one of the corners of your new rectangle up (this assumes your bed is at least two sleepers high) and either have a friend hold it up or rest it on a sturdy chock of some kind (we often use a milk crate or similar). You then take a corner post and hold it snug in place on the inside of the corner with its top flush against the top of the sleepers and its side flush against the sides of the sleepers.
Now take the drill and drill through one of the empty holes in either the long side sleeper or short end sleeper into the post and (holding the post snug all the while) put a batten screw through the sleeper into the post. You can now let go and put the remaining two screws into the post.
Now move around to the next corner and so on until you have a kind of table – a rectangle of sleepers with a post sticking down at each corner. This is the hard bit done. The rest is easy.
Assembly Step Three – Add Remaining Sleepers
NOTE: Complete step three on your level surface only if you are confident about shifting the whole bed to its final location. Otherwise shift it now before it gets any heavier, and only then proceed with Step Three.
Your next task is to slot the remaining sleepers into position underneath the top ones and once getting them flush at each end, lifting them firmly upwards before drilling through their remaining holes into the posts and in the case of the side sleepers into the end sleepers. If your bed is two or more sleepers high, a trick we use for lifting the sleeper up into position is to put a batten screw in underneath the sleeper (between the ground and sleeper) temporarily. This is only appropriate on a surface you don’t mind scratching. You can also use something like a spade or mattock as a lever.
Start with the two end sleepers then move on to the side sleepers.
At this stage your VEG Bed will look complete, and only needs the internal bracing to finish it off!
Assembly Step Four – Add Bracing
Take one of the two vertical braces and put on the inside middle of the bed 5cm from the top and bottom. Drill pilot holes then attach to the inside of the bed using 75mm batten screws (screw positions shown in plans). Repeat for the remaining vertical brace.
Then take the horizontal brace (same length as the end sleepers) and fit these across the bed from vertical brace to vertical brace as shown in the plan and movie. It is easiest to put the horizontal brace in diagonally then tap it snugly into position.
Drill pilot holes as indicated on plans and attach the horizontal brace to the vertical brace, and…
…your bed is done. Well unless you ordered a bench seat that is, in which case to finish you need to attach the four supplied seat lengths as follows.
Assembly Step Five – Add Bench Seat
The four pieces for the bench seat are rough one side and dressed on the other. Place the four pieces on top of you bed to position them with the dressed (smoother) side up.
As per the diagram below, each piece is secured by 3 screws. Drill pilot holes as indicated on the plan below making sure you have centred the holes with the centre of the top of the sleeper edge underneath. Attach each piece of the bench seat using 75mm batten screws.
And thats it.
Thanks for gardening with Ecomad and VEG.
Instructions copyright Very Edible Gardens