So. Last year I built a raised bed. It came out great. My stepdad helped a bunch and we used wood we found behind the shed that may have previously been a swingset or climbing wall or something... who knows. Anyway, it took most of a day, a lot of hassle with digging and leveling and came out beautiful and I had zillions of tomatoes and squash and zucchini and cucumbers and it was good.
This year, I found a link a while ago for making another raised bed. I was determined I could do it myself. The link is here. I really love the Pioneer Woman's website... but anyway, the raised bed. I dragged the baby with me to the nearby Home Depot. I ventured inside with my list. Found the correct length screws with the help of a sales guy (which I promptly put back and found the same size on a shelf above that didn't cost 3 more because they were green). Did not find the right drill bit size with the chagrined help of another sales person (I told him I thought I had one at home so he wouldn't feel bad). Then I ventured into the timber area.
There is a lot of different kinds of wood. I know I needed 2x6s, 4 that were 8 feet long, and 4 that were 4 feet long. That meant 6 2x6s, two of which were cut in half. (I'm very good at math! ok not really). So i found a guy, who picked out some boards and cut two of them and I loaded the others onto one of those weird long carts and with the baby's help got it out to the new car, which I had driven purely for the purpose to test out the shoving big things into it capacity.
I hauled all the supplies out to the back yard while the baby followed me around, driving his trucks around. We ate lunch, then I started.
Not too shabby if I do say so myself. I did learn a few things.
One - it is really hard to screw things in horizontally while you're alone. Especially with a power drill.
Two - it is very easy to strip screw-driving bits, causing one to have to hand screw every !@#$* screw in by hand, resulting in blistered fingers.
Three - drill bits are VERY VERY hot after drilling into wood.
Four - look at the wood before you buy it to see how badly warped or bowed it is.
Five - Always, Always have a cute helper.
So tomorrow, dirt so I can soon get my lettuce planted. Whee! Now off to find dinner. I am starved after that workout.