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.
This is just a hand. Hold right in the middle of each one of these sides, I put a little bit of an angle on it, but you could always use a router to round it over. If you wanted to make it even fancier, then I can finally hide away all the noodles and pool cleaning supplies there. It is super quick and easy. I did this an entire day and I was filming so if you weren't filming this would probably just take you a couple of hours. Obviously, you can change the scale of this to fit your space. I just made it so it would fit between these two bushes. In this one little area and if you needed to put heavier things on the inside, you could put some slats of wood across there just to give it a solid bottom. In my case, though, I'm going to be storing mostly pool noodles and supplies, so it doesn't really need to be strong down there, because this wood is treated. It is a little wet, so I have to wait for it to dry out before I can sand off the markings on the top of it. Those will come off pretty easily and then once it fully dries out.
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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