Ready, Set, Build! Your 3-bin composter.

There’s nothing like a simple building project to make you feel like a well-accomplished and super productive human:) And over the past couple of weeks we’ve had no short of simple building projects- the primary ones being a number of 3-bin composting units for our community garden friends across the city. Although composting can be done in a whole host of containers, it sometimes gets tricky in community gardens where lots of people are using the bin, and they’re located on public land where things like rodent-proofing and aesthetics become more important.

But just to back the truck up a bit, if you’re reading this and wondering how or why you’d even want to start composting, go there first.

Although it’s easy to find designs for 3-bin composters online, after many years of building them I have yet to find a design that is really easy to follow and implement. So, we decided (through trial and error) to try and come up with a design that took the best features of them all, is easy to build (assuming some basic building skills), and resulted in a super sturdy finished product that would meet all possible aesthetic and rodent proofing standards. Mission Accomplished! Each time round we gained a few new skills and learned a few new tricks- all of which will be highlighted in our detailed instruction set which we promise to make public soon!

So the reason I like these systems is that they offer lots of room, with 3 different compartments that allow for storage of dry materials (if you choose), and easy turning of materials when it comes that time. I suggest making these out of a hard wood that is reasonably rot resistant like Western Red Cedar, or Hemlock (which we used).  In short, our design goes like this:

Put together the main elements of the frame (outer ends and inner dividers).

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Build the frame.

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Fasten the rear planks to the frame and add front runners.

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Add sliding panels to the front.

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Build the lids.

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And Presto! Your new 3-bin composter.

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These bins are quite fancy (and will last a very long time!), but as I mentioned earlier- there are all kinds of pre-made bins and simple designs that can be used to set up small to mid-sized compost facilitates- depending on what your requirements are. But for those who have a need or desire to build the super-sturdy, rodent proof, and somewhat eye-catching (at lease I like to think so) – we’ve got a design for you!

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