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 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.
I cleaned up the end of each one of these pieces with a circular saw, so it was nice and straight to close the bottom of this in and keep critters out. I used some wire mesh that I got at the Home Center. I actually bought it in five-foot sections, so it fit perfectly in. I forced it down into shape and use the staple gun just to attach it every couple of inches. This is the same thing I did last time and I never had an animal inside this. Finally, it was time to add some hinges and I used some largely galvanized hinges, screw them right on the inside and then into the back of this box. This thing is heavy, but it's not so heavy that I couldn't move it into place by myself. Obviously, if you were on the uneven ground that might be harder, I added some eyes both to the inside of the door and to the inside of the box before using some chain to connect them. This will stop the door from slamming all the way open, but you still have to be careful when closing it to make it easier to open, though I use the square to mark a little area and cut it out with a jigsaw.
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