I didn't do the best job ever. I didn't excavate around the perimeter of the new raised bed, lay down a bed of gravel, compact and level that gravel, lay the timbers, etc etc etc, but I also didn't do a total hack job. The level here is not for show. I used it where it made sense to use it. Some of the old timbers that frame the bed had sunk, and I raised them back up to level, so that the new timbers adjoining them would not look completely ridiculous. The fact is that once there is soil in the bed, and once the border plantings take hold, the little imperfections will not even be visible, and so it was that I didn't spend too much time obsessing over perfection, though admittedly I am still somewhat unsatisfied with the work and will definitely make some adjustments soon, adjustments that nobody will notice or care about when the garden is in full bloom.
The new timbers are joined to the old timbers with strong ties. The galvanized nails I used to attach the strong ties often bent when they encountered knots in the wood. Framing in the bed would have taken a lot less time if it had not been for so many knots and so many bent nails. One joint (that no one will ever see) has five nails that are incompletely driven into the wood. I bent them down and said, f**k it. I'm not trying to win a beauty contest here. It only needs to function. This photograph was taken before I set the neighborhood to resounding with galvanized nails and the occasional God damn it. To do this job perfectly I would have had to dig up and re-level all the old timbers first. I could have done that, but it didn't seem necessary. Next time I will buy shorter nails.