Announcement: Backyard Shed Plans – Step by Step Plans for An Outdoor Storage Bin

For people who already have a garage and shed but still need some more storage room you may want to consider building an outdoor storage bin. As part of the backyard shed plans here, this handy bin has a top lid that opens for easy access as well as doors at the bottom to get to the lower compartments. Handy for any purpose, storing children’s outdoor games and equipment, fishing gear, fold away lawn chairs, summer lawn decorations, smaller gardening equipment and so on. If you want backyard shed plans that give you something useful, pleasing to look at, but smaller and an easier project to tackle then these step by step plans for an outdoor storage bin may be perfect for you. Keep your yard tidy and your items protected from the weather and elements.

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Backyard Shed Plans

You will need:
•Two textured cedar plywood siding 5/8” x 4 x 8′
•Two BC fir plywood handy panels 3/4” x 2 x 4′
•Two cedar 1 x 2” x 8′
•Six rough sawn cedar 1 x 3” x 8′
•Two rough sawn cedar 1 x 4” x 8′
•One pine 2 x 2” x 8′
•One pine 1 x 2” x 8′
•A drill
•jig saw
•circular saw
•tape measure
•sand paper
•4 butt hinges
•two 4” strap hinges
•1 1/4” deck screws
•2 1/2” deck screws
•Moisture-resistant glue
•Two door catches
•Clear wood sealer or other finish

A = Cut one lid to 5/8 x 24 x 48 inches from one plywood siding

B = Cut two lid edges to ¾ x 1 ½ x 45 inches from cedar

C = Cut two lid ends to ¾ x 1 ½ x 24 inches from cedar

D = Cut one lid stringer to ¾ x 2 ½ x 21 inches from cedar

E = Cut two end panels to 5/8 x 22 x 42 inches from plywood siding

F = Cut one back panel to 5/8 x 44 ¾ x 42 inches from plywood siding

G = Cut one front panel to 5/8 x 44 ¾ x 37 ½ inches from plywood siding

H = Cut two shelves to ¾ x 20 ¾ x 44 ¾ inches from fir plywood

I = Cut Two door panels to 5/8 x 15 ¾ x 17 ¾ inches from plywood siding

J = Cut four door stiles ¾ x 3 ½ x 21 ¼ inches from cedar

K = Cut four door rails to ¾ x 3 ½ x 12 ¼ inches from cedar

L = Cut two kickboards to ¾ x 2 ½ x 47 ½ inches from cedar

M = Cut two end plates to ¾ x 2 ½ x 22 inches from cedar

N = Cut four end trims ¾ x 2 ½ x 39 ½ inches from cedar

O = Cut two front trim to ¾ x 2 ½ x 35 inches from cedar

P = Cut two back trim to ¾ x 2 ½ x 39 ½ inches from cedar

Q = Cut one hinge cleat to ¾ x 1 ½ x 44 ¾ inches from pine

R = Cut four shelf cleat to 1 ½ x 1 ½ x 20 ¾ inches from pine

S = Cut two back cleat to 1 ½ x 1 ½ x 41 ¾ inches from pine

T = Cut two door cleat to ¾ x 1 ½ x 18 inches from pine

Step by step backyard shed plans for an outdoor storage bin – Stage One – The lid

1.Cut the lid, the led edges, lid ends and lid stringer (A-D) using the circular saw and a straightedge saw. Have the lid ends and edges so that they lay smooth side up and attach together with 2 ½ inch deck screws and glue. In the middle use the same means to attach the the lid stringer.
2.On this frame now apply the glue on the top faces of the edges, ends and stringer then take the lid and place it on top, using 1 ¼ inch deck screws too.

Step by step backyard shed plans for an outdoor storage bin – Stage Two – The panels

1.Cut (F) and (G) the back and front panels and on the inside of the front one measuring from the bottom up draw straight lines at 5 and 23 inches. From each side measure in 4 and 20 inches and draw two straight lines – this is where you will cutout the door openings. Do this by using the drill to drill a 3/8inch starter hole at one corner of each opening then use the jig saw and sand smooth.
2.Cut out (E) the end panels and on the front edge of each one measuring down mark 4 ½ inches then with a line connect these marks to the top corners on the back edge of the panel so that cross-cutting lines are created for the back to front tapers. Use the circular saw to cut along these lines.
3.Now to attach the panels together stand the back panel and fasten it to the side panels using 1 1 /4 inch deck screws and glue

Step by step plans for an outdoor storage bin – Stage Three – The shelves

1.Cut out (H) the shelves then from the bottom of the end panels measure up 25 inches and mark – this is where the top shelf will go. Now cut (R and S) the shelf and back cleats. Attach them using glue just under the marks you made then use 1 ¼ inch deck screws through the back and end panels into the cleats.
2.Now use 1 ¼ inch deck screws to attach the top shelf to the cleats and also drive screws from the back panel into the shelf.
3.The bottom shelf needs to be marked at 4 inches from the bottom of the side panels. Do the bottom cleats and bottom shelf in the same way you did the top.
4.Now take the front panel you cut out earlier and attach to the front between the end panels using 2 ½ inch deck screws and glue.

Step by step plans for an outdoor storage bin – Stage Four – The trim

1.Cut out (L,M,N,O and P) these are the kickboards, the end plates, the end trim, the front trim and the back trim. Sand the ends and at the base of the side panels attach the end plates. Use the drill to make 1/8 inch pilot holes in the end plates then counterbore them ¼ inch deep. Through the end plates into the side panels drive 1 ¼ inch deck screws.
2.To the base of the back and front panels attach the kickboards. Trace the outline of the tapered side panels onto the end trim pieces by holding them against the side panels. Use the circular saw to cut along these lines.
3.Now attach the end trims to the side panels using the 1 ¼ inch deck screws. Attach the front and back trim to the front and back panels so that they cover the end trim edges in the same way.

Step by step plans for an outdoor storage bin – Stage Five– The Lid and Doors

1.Cut out (I), (J) and (K) the door panels, stiles and door rails and attach the stiles and rails to the panels. You should basically have a frame 1 ¾ inches past the door panel edges on all sides.
2.Cut out (T) the door cleats and screw them to the inside face of the front panel exactly behind where the hinges will go. Put on two butt hinges on the outer edge of each door using 1 ¼ deck screws then put a door catch on each door.
3.Cut out (Q) the hinge cleat and attach the back panel’s inside face lined up with the top edge.
4.Take the lid and strap hinges to put in place making sure you position them so that the hinges are between the lid ends and back trim. On the back trim drill pilot holes for the lower hinge plate and mark where the hinge pin location is on the back edge of the lid end.
5.Now remove the lid for a moment and attach both the upper hinge plates and put the lid back in place then do the lower hinge plates using 1 ¼ inch deck screws.

These backyard shed plans are now finished you should have a storage box now that is functional however you may need to do some finishing touches. Sand any rough edges down and use a clear wood sealer or whatever finish you have selected.

 

 

 

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Building a Treehouse

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Out of any project you may have to do for your backyard building a treehouse is can be one of the more enjoyable if you keep in mind why you are doing it! But when building a treehouse you need to make sure you plan properly so that you do not spend unnecessary money or time on it. As well as the child’s safety there are other things to think about such as the tree, weather, materials, and so on. But with the right planning the project can run smoothly and you can end up with a treehouse your child is proud to play in and invite friends over to.

Placing the treehouse

Obviously key to a good and safe treehouse is the tree or trees its is built in. Some things to think about when choosing where you are building a treehouse are;
• Choose a tree that is strong and big enough to support the treehouse. A guide is that the tree should be at least a foot in diameter but then you need to be sure of any tree branches that are supporting it.
• Check the tree for disease.
• Check and remove any dead limbs.
• Think about privacy – you don’t want your neighbor complaining your child is staring in their bedroom window all the time.
• Cut away any other vegetation or obstructions at the base of the tree and make sure it is fairly flat.
• The treehouse should not be placed too high in the tree because if they fall it reduces the seriousness of the injury they will receive. Also make sure the tree you select is not close to any power lines or anything else that puts them in danger.

Plans to build a treehouse

Obviously with the safety of your child at stake it is important you find plans of good quality. You need something that recognizes that trees grow and change and make sure there is enough support. In most cases you may have to make slight modifications to the plans to suit your tree and conditions. Good plans have detailed and clear stages and steps, have illustrations or diagrams and list the materials and tools you need. Measurements should be clear. You can find plans in books, and online or from a good woodworking program.

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Personalizing the treehouse

There are many things you can when building a treehouse to personalize it and make it suit your child. You can build in furniture, have ladder options, add a swing, have a secret entrance or compartments. A treehouse will encourage your child to engage in imaginative play, develop their creativity as well as get them moving physically and have them outside in the fresh air. It offers them somewhere to play out of direct sunlight either on their own or with friends.

Though building a tree house doesn’t seem like a daunting task it can be done easily now that you can build backyard shed. However even  those with less experience or no experience can do it as long as you have a good plan from your woodwooking program. Take your time and be prepared for some hard work but remember it will be worth it when it is completed.

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Build Your Own Octagon Picnic Table

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If you want to build your own octagon picnic table be aware this is not a simple project for people with little knowledge or experience. It will take certain tools and skills, so if you want a picnic table for the yard but are a beginner at such projects try a rectangular table first! Picnic tables are great to have in the garden for eating outdoors, family get togethers and parties. Since you can build backyard shed next here is a guide on how to build your own octagon picnic table that assumes you have some knowledge and experience to fill in simple and obvious details.

To build your own octagon picnic table you will need:

• 110ft of 2 x 6 pressure treated lumber
• 85 ft of 2 x 4 pressure treated lumber
• 16 galvanized carriage bolts
• 4″ galvanized flathead nails
• Twelves 12 inch by 1 inch galvanized straps
• a saw
• measuring square
• tape measure
• safety gear – goggles, mask and ear protection

Instructions to build your own octagon picnic table

Stage One – Cutting the lumber
The long part to this project is cutting out all the lumber to the right measurements and angled correctly. In this stage I will tell you what to cut and how then give a list on what you should have ended up with.
Lower frame cuts
1. From a 2 x 4 mark 99 inches then mark on both sides of the wood a V shape of a 60 degree angle. Now cut.
2. From 2 x 4 cut two pieces at 48 ½ inches. One end should be square the other needs a 60 degree angle on each.
3. From 2 x 4 cut four pieces at 48 1/8 inches. One end should be square but with a 45 degree bevel cut, the other needs to be a 60 degree angle. To do the bevel cut so that from above it looks like a point is to measure ¾ inches in on both sides then cut a 45 degree angle on both sides.
Upper frame cuts
1. From 2 x 4 cut one piece at 64 inches. Make the V shape and cut the 60 degree angle.
2. From 2 x 4 cut two pieces at 31 inches. Leave one end square and the other at 60 degrees for both pieces.
3. From 2 x 4 cut four pieces at 30 5/8 inches. One end should be square with a 45 degree bevel cut and the other is a 60 degree angle.
Leg cuts
1. The angles on the legs need to run the same way. The measurement runs from the long side to the short side of the angles. From 2 x 4 cut eight pieces to 30 inches using 60 degree angles.

You should so far have:

• One 99 inch piece with angles (B1)
• One 64 inch piece with angles (T1)
• Two 48 ½ inch pieces with angle and square (B2)
• Two 31 inch pieces with angle and square (T2)
• Four 48 1/8 inch pieces angle and square (B3)
• Four 30 5/8 inch pieces angle and square (T3)
• Eight 30 inch pieces angled (Legs)

Picnic table top cuts

• Using 2 x 6 we need to fill in the top and seat of the table. There should be seven sets and in each set there are eight pieces. All should be measured long to long using a 22 ½ degree angle.
• Cut Set One at 5 inches each times eight.
• Cut Set Two at 10 inches each times eight.
• Cut Set Three at 15 inches each times eight.
• Cut Set Four at 20 inches each times eight.
• Cut Set Five at 25 inches each times eight.
• Cut Set Six at 33 3/8 inches each times eight.
• Cut Set Seven at 38 3/8 inches each times eight.

Stage Two – Putting the Frame together

1. On the floor arrange the B and T boards. First take the (B1) and place it so the angles face up. Center the (B2) boards to the (B1) and it starts to look like a plus sign. Set the (B3) lumber in the corners in the middle.
2. Now repeat using the (T) boards.
3. Strap them together using the 12 inch by 1 inch galvanized strapping and nail using 4 inch galvanized flathead nails. Before you nail drill the holes first so that the lumber does not split. You now have a bottom and top frame done.
4. Take sets one to five and fill in the top of the table and use sets six and seven for the bottom. You should start from the center and work your way out. Attach together.

Stage Three – The legs

1. Measure 7 inches in on the top frame from each angle point and mark. Measure 17 inches in from the points on the lower frame and mark.
2. Attach the legs where you have marked using a carriage bolt in each place that board meets board.
3. The finished thing should be 30 inches from the ground to the top of the table and 15 ½ inches from the seat top to the table top.

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