No fine carpentry is required to make the classy-looking bed—just a little heavy lifting and a couple of hours. Choose timbers that will last well in your climate, and stain them however you'd like. Wear gloves and eye protection when cutting pressure-treated lumber.
Where the wood will rest on the ground, dig a level trench. Make the trench 2 inches wider than your timbers and about 3 inches deep. Pour and level a base of gravel, making it nearly as high as the surrounding grade.
Lay the first course of timbers on the gravel. Bore 3/8-inch holes down through the timbers every 3 feet. Set precut 2-foot pieces of 3/8-inch reinforcing bar in each of the holes and pound them flush with the surface of the timber.
Attach the final two courses with 12-inch spikes. To drive the spikes, predrill 3 inches into the timbers with a 1/4-inch bit. Then, pound them flush with the surface of the top course.
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