Published at Wednesday, 07 November 2018. Deck Box. By Christy Franco.
Today we're going to make a quick and easy outdoor storage bench. I started by cutting down all of the two by fours to their final length, to make a couple of frames, there's going to be one frame that goes on the top of this. The one goes on the bottom I'm just putting these together with butt joints. Yes, they're called butt joints and I'm going to use decking screws. The decking screws have a coating on the outside so that they last and won't get all rusty. This bench is going to be ten feet long to fit in between these two bushes, and so I added one support across the center. I used the same size and the same construction for the previous one I made, and it worked just fine. I cut down some more two by fours to use as the uprights to connect the two frames from the bottom to the top.
I did the same procedure for the front and the back in the other end. No matter how good you are picking out pieces of lumber, none of them are going to be perfectly straight. I find it's best to start at one end put one screw in then your spacer right in the middle screw the middle piece in and then work to the other end that allows you to bend it as you need to to get all the way across and get it as straight as possible, then go back and add a second screw to each one of these connections after this was completely wrapped in one by fours I laid out some decking boards across the top. Then I took them off and cut them in half these were also purchased at ten feet, so it didn't have to cut them to the length just right down the middle. I laid them back in place, matching them up with their op cut and then use two five fours to span all four pieces. You have to make sure to drive in screws from the bottom and from the top side because once these start to warp, they will separate unless there are screws coming in from both directions.
I wanted these to have a little foot underneath the whole thing, so I cut some 1-inch scraps to use as an offset to hold the bottom frame off the ground, then up with the legs on the ground right up in the corner and drove in screws from All three sides to tie each one of these together, really strong with all the uprights connected. I stood it up on its end and then laid the top frame down. I flip this whole piece over so that I was working on it upside down and this let me connect the top of the uprights to the bottom of the top frame, so we're confusing, I know, but once you flip it over and makes more sense the long Two by fours were purchased at ten feet, so I didn't have to cut those but the one by fours I use to face the whole thing for twelve points, so I did have to cut off some extra from them and use those extra pieces to cover the End I screwed one-piece end they used a couple of screws as a spacer and added the next one and the next one and followed that all the way up the sides.
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