Published at Wednesday, November 21st 2018. by Brianna Stokes in Storage Bench.
Make a quick and easy outdoor storage bench. Several years ago I made an outdoor storage bench actually in the same spot and it lasted for a long time, but it was time to replace it. So if you're going to show you how I did it, it's really easy, you don't need many tools and it uses dimensional lumber from the hardware store. Alright, let's check it out, I'm using pressure-treated lumber for this, so that it will last quite a while outside it's a lot easier, in this case, to bring out a miter saw, or if you have a circular saw that would work as well to bring it to Where you're working outside, because this piece is going to be big, 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 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 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. 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, you can stain it. You can paint it. You can do anything you want.
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