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How to build a garden storage box

Updated February 21, 2017

Gardening is a passion of many people. They take pride in making their yards and gardens look colourful and well organised. Gardening requires the use of myriad tools, all, which if left strewn about, can detract from your garden's overall appeal. If you need a place to store your gardening tools, you may want to consider building a storage box which can sit outside, so that your tools are organised and close by when you need them, and are protected from the elements.

Place the two pieces of 93 cm x 35.5 cm (36 3/4 x 14 inches) cedar and the 38 cm 43 cm (15 x 17 inches) cedar on a flat surface and create a rectangular box with them. The pieces will be standing up on their edges with the longer pieces in between the shorter pieces. The shorter pieces are the sides of the bench with the longer pieces being the front and back. The side pieces will stand 7.5 cm (3 inches) higher than the front and back pieces. Screw the frame together by driving screws placed four inches apart through the side pieces and into the edges of the front and back pieces.

Place the piece of 93 cm x 34 cm (36 3/4 x 13 1/2-inches) cedar inside the wooden frame so that it is laying flat and even with the top of the front and back pieces. This is the bottom piece. Screw this piece to the sides, front and back by driving screws through these pieces into the bottom of the box. Turn the box over so that it is standing on the side pieces.

Place the piece of 5 cm x 102 cm (2 x 40 1/4-inches) cedar on the box top and place it so it is centred and one of the longer pieces of the wood is even with one of the longer edges of the box frame. This is the brace for the lid and should jut out 2.5 cm (1 inch) from each. Attach this to the frame by driving screws through it and into the top edges of the back and side pieces.

Attach two hinges to the brace piece which are spaced eight inches from either side. Screw them using the wood screws. Attach the piece of 102 cm x 35.5 cm (40 1/4 x 14 inches) cedar to the hinges so the longer side is even with the brace piece and there is an overhang of one inch on both sides and the front.

Open the lid. Measure eight inches from either side of the lid and place the pieces of 29 cm (11 1/2-inches) long 2.5 cm x 5 cm (1 x 2 inch), so they are vertically centred on the lid. These are lid brace pieces. Drive screws through the top of the lid into the 2.5 cm x 5 cm (1 x 2 inch) to attach them to the lid.

Install the interior lid bracket on side of the interior of the box according to the directions on the package. Sand down all surfaces until smooth and then apply a coat of wood stain to protect the box from the elements

Tip

If you place this box in a location which you entertain in, it can double as a bench and give you more seating.

Warning

Attach all of your pieces using the appropriate amount of screws to ensure the box is sturdy.

Things You'll Need

  • Two pieces 2 cm (3/4 inch) cedar, 93 cm x 35.5 cm (36 3/4 x 14 inches)
  • Two pieces 2 cm (3/4 inch) cedar, 38 cm 43 cm (15 x 17 inches)
  • One piece 2 cm (3/4 inch) cedar, 93 cm x 34 cm (36 3/4 x 13 1/2-inches)
  • One piece 2 cm (3/4 inch) cedar, 5 cm x 102 cm (2 x 40 1/4-inches)
  • One piece 2 cm (3/4 inch) cedar, 102 cm x 35.5 cm (40 1/4 x 14 inches)
  • Two pieces 2.5 cm x 5 cm (1 x 2 inch), 29 cm (11 1/2-inches) long
  • Two hinges
  • Interior lid support bracket
  • Drill with screwdriver bit
  • 1 1.3 cm (1/2-inch) wood screws
  • Measuring tape
  • Wood stain
  • Paint brush
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About the Author

R.L. Cultrona is a San Diego native and a graduate of San Diego State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in theater, television and film with a minor in communications and political science. She began writing online instructional articles in June 2009.