We made enough slates to construct three compost bins.
With three bins, it allows us to have one bin for fresh yard
waist, one bin for ripened compost, and one empty bin. We
normally turn the fresh compost once every two weeks into
the empty bin. Once every month, we turn the ripened
compost. During the fall and winter months, we fill
the empty bin with leaves and try to turn them if there is
Each bin is constructed with a total of 22 slates.
There are 6 slates on the two sides and 5 slates on front and
back. These slate are constructed to interlock in the
same way as "Lincoln logs" leaving a 1½"
space between each slate. Each bin is about 40" tall.
We made the
slates 4-feet long, which makes a rather large bin.
However, the large size makes them a little difficult to disassemble
and reassemble. (Next time, I might make them 3-feet long.)
There are extra
slates that we use as replacements and to occasionally make
the bins higher to stake leaves.
80 6-foot cedar
fence slates 9/16 x 6-inchs
320 1¼-inch long deck screws