Easy Compost Bin Plans

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The following free compost bin plans to build at home, are geared to an average do-it-yourself vegetable gardener.

You may use recycled materials when applicable to hold down costs.

These easy compost bin designs can be built as a weekend project.

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Single Sided Wood DIY Compost Bin

A one compartment compost bin is sufficient to confine most composting materials. Turning the heap and removing the finished product for supplying the vegetable garden is accessed through the loosened front boards. This design should be situated on a level piece of ground.

  • 1 4'-9" 2x2s
  • Six 3'-6" 2x2s posts
  • 24 4' 1x6s
  • 96 1-1/2" No. 10 galvanized wood screws
  • 4- 2-1/2" No. 10 galvanized wood screws
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Compost Bin Plans : Necessary Tools

  • Hammer
  • Hatchet
  • Power drill
  • 1/8 inch twist bit

Compost Bin Plans : Step 1

Use the hatchet to shave down the ends of the six 2x2 posts to a point. At the compost bin location site, pound in the four corner posts into the ground to a depth of six inches. The posts should be spaced apart 4 feet from front to back and 3 feet 10-1/2" from side to side. Hammer in the remaining two posts to the identical soil depth. Allow a one inch gap between the posts for the front boards.

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Compost Bin Plans : Step 2

Starting at the bottom, attach 6 1x6 boards to the side posts on each side, allowing a ½ inch gap. Pre-drill pilot holes to use a couple of 1-1/2" screws for each board. A ½ inch gap between the boards allows for proper air circulation.

After attaching the side boards, screw six 1x6 planks to the back of the compost bin using a couple of 1 and a half inch screws on each post. The remaining 1x6 boards should be loosely fitted into the formed slots of the front posts.

Compost Bin Plans : Step 3

From the leftover 2x2, cut two 3" pieces. Attach each end of the pieces with a couple of 2-1/2"screws. Pilot drill the screw holes first with a 1/8" drill bit to prevent the wood from splitting. Fit the completed cross bar across the top of the unit at the front.

Compost Bin Plans : Mobile Wire & Wood Easy Compost Bin Design

A mobile bin serves to contain a compost heap in a temporary location. When the time comes for the pile to be turned or finished compost to be removed, the container is taken apart and reset in a different garden spot. Fork the partially decomposed material from atop the old heap over into the emptied bin, which leaves the aged compost free at the bottom for use in the vegetable garden.

Mobile compost bins can be constructed out of old wood pallets tied together or a roll of fencing or wire. Hardware cloth was used for this illustration stretched over four wood lap jointed frames.

Materials List

  • 12' 36" wide, ½ " hardware cloth
  • Four 12' 2x4s100- ½ " No. 8 galvanized screws
  • Four hook and eye gate latches
  • Four 3" galvanized door hinges & screws
  • carpenter's glue
  • Tin snips
  • Table saw
  • Power drill
  • 1/8 inch drill bit
  • Power staple gun
  • C/W staples

Step 1

Cut a total of 16 pieces by cutting each 12' 2x4 into four 3' long pieces.

Step 2

Cut three ½ "wide x ¾ " lap cuts at the ends of the 16 wood pieces. Be certain that the cuts are made from the identical side of each plank. Set the power saw blade to ¾" depth. Make multiple passes until the end material has been removed.

Step 3

Using the 16 boards, make four 3' square lap jointed frames. Pilot drill holes with drill bit initially to prevent the board ends from splitting. Use carpenter's wood glue and wood screws to join each lap joint.

Step 4

Use tin snips to cut the hardware cloth into four 3' square sections. Bend the edges back an inch for additional reinforcement. Center each cloth section section onto a frame. Staple hardware cloth every 4". Ensure the cloth is fastened tight enough to prevent sagging when the compost bin is filled.

Step 5

Connect each pair of wood frames with two hinges. Attach hook and eye latches on the outside of each connected frame. In the end, the L shaped sections should be latched together.

Wire, Cinder Block, and Barrel Compost Bin Designs

It is also easy to make a wire compost bin that is movable, or to convert a 50 gallon barrel into a compost bin. Cinder block compost bins are also a simple and practical way to go as well.

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