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How to Make a Wooden Outdoor Storage Bin

Updated February 21, 2017

A wooden storage bin for outdoor items like pool toys, gardening tools or sports equipment is a must-have item for families that spend a lot of time outside. Building a storage bin at home is a way to design the bin from scratch and save money on supplies. Choosing the right type of wood is important for ensuring the storage bin can withstand outdoor weather. Cedar and redwood are ideal for building a wooden outdoor storage bin.

Line the 2-inch edge of the 3-foot long side of one cedar panel with the face of a second 3-foot long panel. Place the 2-inch portion of the board at the edge of the face of the second panel to make a right angle.

Attach the two boards with 4-inch nails. Hammer in one nail every 3 inches along the seam of the boards. Hammer the nails through the face of the second panel and into the 2-inch edge of the first.

Place a third 3-foot board on the second panel. Place the 2-inch edge of the third board on the face of the second 3-foot panel.

Attach the two boards with 4-inch nails. Hammer in one nail every 3 inches through the face of the second panel and into the 2-inch edge of the third.

Attach two hinges to the 2-inch edge of one 3-foot panel. This will allow the wood box to open and close. Place the hinges a foot apart, and attach them with 2-inch screws.

Attach the remaining 3-foot panel to the hinges with 2-inch screws. Attach the 2-inch edge of the 3-foot panel to the hinges to allow it to open and close smoothly.

Place one of the 2- by 2-foot cedar or redwood panels on the open side of the wooden storage bin. Attach the 2- by 2-foot panel with 4-inch nails. Hammer in one nail every 3 inches along the sides and bottom of the panel to keep it in place.

Repeat Step 7 with the remaining 2- by 2-foot panel to complete the wooden storage bin.

Tip

Treating the wooden storage bin with a protective coat of weather-resistant stain will make it even more resistant to water damage.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 cedar or redwood panels, 2 inches thick by 3 feet wide by 2 feet long
  • 4-inch nails
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • 2-inch screws
  • Hinges
  • 2 cedar or redwood panels, 2 inches thick by 2 feet wide by 2 feet long
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About the Author

Bailey Shoemaker Richards is a writer from Ohio. She has contributed to numerous online and print publications, including "The North Central Review." Shoemaker Richards also edits for several independent literary journals and the Pink Fish Press publishing company. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Ohio University.