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Lid for a Three Bin Compost System (Optional)


If you are composting kitchen food scraps in your three-bin system, we recommend these rodent-resistant lids for each section of your bin.


Construction Instructions
build lid frame
attach hardware cloth and assemble lid frames
attach lids to the three bin system

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image: hardware clothMaterials

  • six 12' cedar 1x4s
  • 8' of 36” wide 1/2” hardware cloth
  • 1/2 lb of poultry staples
  • 1/2 lb. of 1 1/2” screws
  • nine 3” butt hinges or tee hinges
  • six hook and eye latches
  • twelve L-brackets or corner irons

Tips for using materials:

  • Each lid is 33 inches square. Materials listed are enough to build three lids.

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image: c clampTools

  • handsaw or circular power saw
  • drill/driver with 1/2” and 1/8” bits
  • hammer
  • tin snips
  • 3/4" socket or open ended wrench
  • tape measure
  • pencil
  • carpenter's square
    safety glasses, ear protection, and dust mask
  • Tools
  • c clamps

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Build Lid Frameimage: build a frame

Use the following materials:

  • six 12’ 1x4s
  • twelve L-brackets


  • Cut twelve 33” cedar 1x4s. 
  • Cut twelve 26” cedar 1x4s.
  • Butt two 33” boards between two 26” boards to form a rectangle.
  • Check corners with carpenter’s square.
  • Use L-brackets to secure.
  • Make a total of six frames.


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Attach Hardware Cloth and Assemble Lid Framesimage: attaching hardwared cloth

Use the following materials:

  • 8’ of 36” wide 1/2” hardware cloth
  • Poultry staples
  • 1 1/2” screws


  • Cut three pieces of 32” x 32” hardware cloth.
  • Stretch hardware cloth across a frame on the side where there are no L-brackets. Attach tightly by hammering poultry staples in every 4" around the edge. Repeat for a total of three frames.
  • Cover the poultry wire staples with the other frames, aligning the frame edges and making sure that the L-brackets are facing out.
  • To provide added strength to the corners, position the top frame so that the corner joints do not overlap with the bottom frame. Use c-clamps to securely hold the two frames together.
  • Pre-drill 4 holes per corner of the top frame for the screws.
  • Keeping the frames square and aligned as you go, use the 1 1/2” screws in the pre-drilled holes to screw the frames together in one corner. Screw the frames together in the corner diagonally across from the first. Screw together the remaining corners.
  • Once the corners are secured, drive screws along the frame spaced at about 6” apart.

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Attach Lids to the Three-Bin System

Use the following materials:

  • Nine 3” butt hinges or tee hinges
  • Six hook and eye latches


  • Attach 3 hinges to each lid. Position the lids over each section of the three bin system. Attach each hinge to the 2x4 at the back of the section.  
  • Attach a hook to the front center edge of each lid and the eye to the bin.

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