Facebook Pixel Code
skip to navigation
Write a Review Write a Review

Contact Us

or Call Us at 1-800-776-2228

Create: Build Your Own Composter

Build Your Own Composter

Getting Started

Calling all green thumbs! Want to get into composting but don’t know where to start? Grab your Arrow PT18G pneumatic brad nailer and Arrow T50DCD cordless staple gun and give this composter project a try!

You Will Need

Materials Needed

Other Tools

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Saw
  • Drill with ⅛" drill bit
  • Screwdriver
  • Metal cutting shears

Materials

  • 4 eye bolts
  • 2 galvanized spikes
  • 2" nylon webbing (approximately 12')
  • Hardware cloth
  • 1 row of 1 ½" Arrow 18-gauge brad nails
  • Arrow T50 staples
  • Two 24" x 48" corrugated polycarbonate plastic roof panels
  • ¾" x 2 ½" x 36" pressure-treated wood (16 pieces)
  • Pressure-treated wood to cut for diagonals (lay on completed square frame and mark for cut)
  • ¾" x 2 ½" x 41 ¾" pressure-treated wood (4 pieces)
  • ¾" x 2 ½" x 12" pressure-treated wood cut at 45 degrees on both ends (4 pieces)
  • Your choice of roof structure (we used a gable roof, but you could also use a shed roof or flat roof)
  • Wood spreaders cut to fit your chosen roof structure
Show Less

Start Building

Step 1

Using your PT18G pneumatic brad nailer, assemble the four side panels and top frame of the composter. Set aside the top frame for now.

Step 2

Lay the four assembled panels side by side and staple on the hardware cloth using your T50DCD cordless staple gun.

We chose a 36″ hardware cloth to fit our project dimensions. This eliminated a lot of cutting. You can use the metal cutting shears to trim the excess hardware cloth after securing the last panel, but be careful – it’s sharp!

Step 3

Staple the nylon webbing at the joints over the hardware cloth to add strength and durability to the corners.

Step 4

Stand up the side panels vertically and square them up to create the box. Add eye bolts to the top and bottom of the open joint. Depending on the type of wood, you may need to drill a pilot hole before screwing in the eye bolts. Insert the galvanized spikes to lock the joints together. The spikes can be removed to access the compost.

Step 5

Take the assembled top frame and place it over the box. The corner bracing should allow this to float freely while locking the side panels and roof in place.

Step 6

Using your PT18G pneumatic brad nailer, install gable ends cut from the 1″ x 6″ board to fit your final top frame dimension. The width of your top frame will depend on the width of the side panel material you chose.

Cut and install spreaders to the gable ends to support the roofing material. A simple flat roof or a shed roof can be used instead of the gable roof.

Step 7

Finally, use your T50DCD cordless staple gun to staple and secure the corrugated polycarbonate plastic roof panels. The clear roof panels allow for solar heating while also protecting the compost from the elements.

The roof overhang can be trimmed back if you’d like.

 

Finished Product

Now that you’ve got your composter, it’s time to start saving your leaves, kitchen scraps, and coffee grounds. And the best part? This unit can be moved and stored flat seasonally.

Project 77 of 88

Arrow Fastener on Pinterest

Follow on Pinterest

How do you Arrow?

#madewitharrow

NEW VIDEO on my YouTube channel! I dropped a link in my stories so you can swipe up to watch it. This was a super easy DIY project that adds such beautiful visual interest and functionality to my home office. 📌 #jenwoodhouse #womenwhobuild #makesomething #makesomethingeveryday #maker #buildlikeagirl #homeofficedecor #bulletinboard #makermovement #sodomino #bhgstylemaker #bhghome #apartmenttherapy #hgtv #craftroom #craftymom #moodboards #designboard #designblog #madewitharrow #arrowinsider
We have a #MadeWithArrow #TipOfTheDay, folks! When working with a pneumatic brad nailer like the PT18G, test the driving depth on a sample piece of wood before starting your project. If the nails are being driven in too far, decrease the air pressure; if they aren’t going in far enough, increase the air pressure. What’s your best tool tip? Comment below!
NEW plans! A simple DIY Ottoman Cube… but with a surprise! The top flips over to turn into a tray! I am partnering with arrowfastener to bring you the full tutorial and plans! You will want to save this one! Link in profile! . . https://www.anikasdiylife.com/diy-storage-ottoman-cube/ . . #anikasdiylife #madewitharrow #arrowinsider #womenwhobuild #woodworkingwoman #womenwhowoodwork #youtubeblogger #homeorganization #makersofinstagram #woodworkerofinsta #woodworkerlife #womenwhoinspire #woodworkingfun #woodworkingskills #girlswithtools #woodworkingforall #girlswithpowertools #buildlikeagirl #makersgonnamake #woodworkingcommunity #woodworkingproject #woodworkingtools #OCblogger #socalblogger
~~~GIVEAWAY CLOSED ~~~ I am partnering with arrowfastener to give away 10 (yes TEN!) GT300 glue guns! It is the most recent recipient of the Popular Mechanics best tool award. Here is how you enter - 1. Follow my account anikasdiylife 2. Follow arrowfastener 3. Tell me what you would use it for. 4. (Optional) Tag a friend so they can enter too. . US residents only. Must be 18 or older to enter. One entry per person. Giveaway closes FRIDAY MAY 22nd at 5pm PACIFIC. Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Sunday May 24th at 12pm Pacific! . . This giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram. . . #anikasdiylife #madewitharrow #arrowpartner #womenwhobuild #woodworkingwoman #womenwhowoodwork #youtubeblogger #homeorganization #makersofinstagram #woodworkerofinsta #woodworkerlife #womenwhoinspire #woodworkingfun #woodworkingskills #girlswithtools #woodworkingforall #girlswithpowertools #buildlikeagirl #makersgonnamake #woodworkingcommunity #woodworkingproject #woodworkingtools #OCblogger #socalblogger
How many neutral decorative books does one need? Great question! Looking for a way to elevate your space? I’ve got the answer! Decorative books are a great option because they can be styled and re-styled in SO many spaces...SO many different ways. Perfect on shelves, tables, counters, desks, the possibilities are really endless. Yesterday on stories I shared how to make these but if you aren’t feeling crafty you can grab them on our website (link in bio), in our Etsy shop: henrocompany or on Amazon. Also, these would make a great housewarming, hostess or other gift! ______________________ #coffeetabledecor #coffeetablebook #coffeetable #coffeetablestyling #decorativebooks #bookdecor #shelfie #shelfstyling #diy #diybook #diycrafts #diycraft #crafting #craftingideas #craftingfun #madewitharrow #mycurrentdesignsituation #apartmenttherapy #finditstyleit #homestyle #makehomeyours #mydomaine #howwedwell #prettylittleinteriors #rusticfarmhouse #henrocompany #homeinspiration #homedecor #interiorstyling #modernfarmhouse
📢UPDATE 📢 We have chosen a winner: Eddie Parsons! Thanks for entering, folks! GIVEAWAY ANNOUNCEMENT📢 To celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, we’re giving away prizes for the dad in your life every day through Friday! We’ll post a new question each morning featuring a different prize pack. Simply comment with your answer to the question and you’ll be entered for a chance to win! We’re picking a new winner every day, so if you follow closely and answer each question, you’ll have FIVE chances to win! Full giveaway and prize information in bio. Day 1: Today, we’re featuring a prize pack perfect for the weekend warrior in your life. What’s the best thing you ever built with your dad? #Giveaway #MadeWithArrow #fathersday
I realized I never shared this recap video of how I built the storage ottoman cube with the flip top so here it is! Full tutorial, video, and plans are on the site - link in profile. . . https://www.anikasdiylife.com/diy-storage-ottoman-cube/ . . #anikasdiylife #madewitharrow #youtubeblogger #arrowinsider #womenwhobuild #woodworkingwoman #womenwhowoodwork #youtubeblogger #homeorganization #makersofinstagram #woodworkerofinsta #woodworkerlife #womenwhoinspire #woodworkingfun #woodworkingskills #girlswithtools #woodworkingforall #girlswithpowertools #buildlikeagirl #makersgonnamake #woodworkingcommunity #woodworkingproject #woodworkingtools #OCblogger #socalblogger
Happy first day of fall! You know what goes great with a pumpkin spice latte? Knocking out that to-do list. So put on some plaid and let Arrow help you cozy up your home for fall. #MadeWithArrow #fall #fallprojects #autumn
Friends are a necessary staple of life. Happy #NationalBestFriendsDay from the #MadeWithArrow team! Tag the staple to your staple gun in the comments!
Had a minor luggage mishap but luckily arrowfastener gave away these wonderful glue guns! Crisis averted! #madewitharrow
Learn how to build a DIY storage ottoman cube from scratch, courtesy of our partner @anikasdiylife! Her blog post takes you through the project step-by-step using a #MadeWithArrow Heavy Duty Staple Gun. We’d love to see how your ottoman turns out, so share and tag us. Link to post in bio! #DIYproject #diy #storage #ottoman #homedecor #staplegun #tutorial #projectoftheday
Getting the job done right is a lot easier with the right tools. Isn’t that right, @thewoodpastor? Stephen uses his #MadeWithArrow tools when working on cabinet woodworking projects. What projects do you have in store this month? #tooltuesday #woodworking #pneumatic #stapler #nailgun #hotglue #cabinetry
Join the FastenNation

Sign up for Some Awesome

Get Arrow tips, tricks, projects and promos in your inbox!

X

Hey there! We’ve updated our Privacy and Cookie Policies at the request of some of our friends in Europe. Click Accept to let us know you’re okay with the updates. Thanks!

View Cookie Policy Accept
0 Compare Tools
Compare Tools