In this video, This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert and landscape contractor Jenn Nawada build a compost bin for an elementary school’s garden project.
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Landscape contractor Jenn Nawada and carpenter Nathan Gilbert head to a local school to help them with a composting project. After meeting with the children, Nathan and Jenn build a large compost bin from cedar, providing the children the opportunity to fill their garden with rich, nutritious soil.
Cost: Around $500, depending on the size
Time: One Day
Where to find it?
Jenn and Nathan toured Hosmer Elementary School in Watertown, MA [https://hosmer.watertown.k12.ma.us/], one of the first net zero elementary schools in Massachusetts.
To build the compost bin, Nathan used cedar lumber [https://thd.co/3C0DSPb] in a variety of dimensions, including 2×6” for the slats and the front posts, 4×4” for the back posts, and 1×6” for the center slats. To secure everything in place, Nathan used a combination of exterior-grade brad nails [https://thd.co/3L8eKIY] and stainless steel screws [https://thd.co/3R2NXQ8].
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