I must again sing the praises of SketchUp, the free 3d modeling program that has been incredibly useful around the Root Simple compound. This weekend it was time to design some new raised beds and I didn’t want the usual rectangular configuration.
SketchUp allowed me to quickly draw up a plan and estimate materials.
Using SketchUp’s protractor tool I figured out the angle I needed to cut the wood. I suppose I could have looked up the angles of a hexagon, but I found it easier just to use SketchUp’s tool.
I dialed the 30° angle into my compound miter saw and the beds came together fast.
I built three hexagonal beds in an afternoon. If you’d like the plans, you can download them into SketchUp via this link.
Learning SketchUp takes an evening or two–watch the video tutorials and you’ll get the hang of it.
More on the hexagonal beds in a later post . . .