# COMMUNITY FORUM

Chief9

03:42PM | 08/29/10
Member Since: 08/28/10
Hi everybody, I'm new to do it yourself landascaping, so I hope someone can help me. I want to build 2 Octagon Flower Beds; the 1st one 5 feet across in circular diameter, and the 2nd one is 4 feet across in circular diameter. I would like build it 4 to 6 inches from the ground up, by 2 inches thick wood useing pressure treated wood, and spraying it with water repellent solution. My question is can anyone help me with what are the degree in the angle cut for each flower bed. Like I said earlier, I'm new to this and I'm trying to do it myself without making any mistakes. So if anyone can help me I would greatly appreciate any and all the advice you have to offer. I thank you for your time and assistance in this matter. Thank you. Chief9

I would like to build an a raised Octagon Flower Bed for my wife around 2 trees. The 1st one is 5 feet across of a circu-lar diameter, and the 2nd one is 4 feet across of a circular diameter. I would like to build it 4 to 6 inches from the ground, by 2 inches thick. My question is can you help me with what are the degrees angle cut for each flower bed, and what is the length of each strip of wood that is to be cut. I would very much appreciate it for all and any information you can provide for me. I thank you for you time and assistance in this matter. Thank you. You can email me at [email protected] thank you.

doug seibert

04:11AM | 08/30/10
Member Since: 08/10/02
Welcome Chief....another Orlandonian....

The key to constructing regular polygrams is the circle that describes it......A couple questions/assumptions:

ARE the 4' and 5' measurements the INSIDE of the Octagon.....An INSCRIBED Circle...

The Jointery....3 1/2" timbers ?.......You plan to stack and overlap for strength......alternating directions on each row ??

OK.......If/So........the pieces are about 25" and 30" long......

Each piece has a 45º cut on each end like a square picture frame .........

To assemble the Octagon the longer side faces the interior.....end cut touches side....8x around the circle
Next layer......overlap bottom joint....around the circle 8x

"......measure Once.....cut Twice....

throw that one away and cut a new one...."

Chief9

11:17AM | 08/30/10
Member Since: 08/28/10

The flower bed is going to be a single layler; with 8 inch boards, screwed with rust proof screws and also glued at the cutted joints. I know that octogon have 8 sides but, I would like to build one with 10 or 12 sides if possible, again my question is what is the degrees in angle to cut, and the total inches from end-to-end on the long side of each piece to. Again I appreciate any and all advice you can offer. Thank you for your time and assistance in this matter. Chief

I would like to build an a raised Octogon Flower Bed for my wife around 2 trees. The 1st one is 5 feet across of a circu-lar diameter, and the 2nd one is 4 feet across of a circular diameter. I would like to build it 4 to 6 inches from the ground, by 2 inches thick. My question is can you help me with what are the degrees angle cut for each flower bed, and what is the length of each strip of wood that is to be cut. I would very much appreciate it for all and any information you can provide for me. I thank you for you time and assistance in this matter. Thank you. You can email me at [email protected] thank you.

doug seibert

11:06AM | 08/31/10
Member Since: 08/10/02
A board planter...that's different.....the sides are joined with miter/bevel joints.....

Here are the Angles....and approximate

side lengths for diameters 5'........4'

Eight sides......22 1/2º......25"........20"

Nine sides.......20º............22"........17.5"

Ten sides........18º...........19.5"......15.5"

Eleven sides...16.62º.......17.5"......14"

Twelve sides..15º............16".........13"

I think the math is close.....check before assembly.......good luck

"......measure Once.....cut Twice....

throw that one away and cut a new one...."

tammy

03:10AM | 12/27/11
Member Since: 12/27/11
An octagon flower bed can be created using a variety of borders, ranging from brick and decorative rocks to railroad ties. An octagon flower bed provides an unusual deviation from the standard square or circle flower beds and can add personality to your landscaping or garden.

vistastores

04:04AM | 02/14/12
Member Since: 02/14/12
@Chief9
Today, I have joined BobVila.com forum due to heavy experience with outdoor living products. Participate on home improvement forum that's my hobby and spend too much time on this stuff.. Because, I just love it.. :)

I have read your question and honestly new for me. I am eager to see octagonal flower bed and request to attach photo after make it happen. I will be happy to share that one on my blog.