Why the heck did it take so long? Well I did build it by hand, and I mean literally by hand, using only hand tools - hand saws, hand drills, screwdrivers, hammer. So that certainly added to the time it took to construct it. It also just sort of lingered in the garage for months in various states of semi-assembly. Since my garage isn't climate controlled (not heated or cooled), there were many times in the summer when it was too hot to work on it, and in the winter when it was way too cold.
|3-Bin Composting system with removable front slats, which make working and turning the compost much easier.|
So why build it by hand using no power tools at all? That might be a more philosophical and esoteric answer than I have space (and you, gentle reader have the patience) for or words to properly explain. But suffice to say I like to do things differently than others. When it takes so much effort to cut a board or drill a hole for a carriage bolt, you tend to not only 1) make damn sure you've measured correctly but also 2) appreciate each step, each board cut, and each hole drilled. Too many things we do are immediate gratification oriented, taking the time to appreciate and enjoy the process makes me respect the end product that much more. I also wanted to make sure I enjoyed and was decent at any of these woodworking projects before I spent any money on expensive power tools.
|Even in late afternoon the area stays in the shade, not a useful place for growing - but plenty useful for composting!!|
|Barely visible, newly planted hostas should help hide the compost bin from view.|
In case you want to build one yourself, I got the schematics and directions here.