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.

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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Build Backyard Shed Plans – Tools You May Need

If you are looking for build backyard shed plans then you need to make sure you also have the right tools for the job. This article outlines the tools most jobs will need. You will find that most build backyard shed plans will outline materials you will need (if they are decent plans) but may not outline the tools you will need as they presume you have a certain amount of knowledge or experience. Therefore it would be a good idea to read through the backyard shed plans carefully noting down the tools that are required. If you are new to these kind of projects you do not necessarily have to go out and spend a lot of money on tools, borrow from from friends or find places where you can buy them from. If working with wood and building various items becomes something you enjoy doing then invest in some good quality tools. Even the best of build backyard shed plans require you to follow the instructions carefully and have the right equipment.

Build Backyard Shed Plans: Tools For Beginners

For smaller projects than using your build backyard shed plans you will need simple basic tools such as a good workbench with a clamp and vise. Obviously things like screwdrivers, hammer, saws, tape measure, wrench set, level, drill with bits and a table saw. Create a small work area for yourself and make sure you have room to move around and that your equipment is easy to reach and all has a place to go where it is safe when it is not in use.

Other tools for the more experienced

As well as those beginner tools there are other woodworking tools that can be very useful for larger build backyard shed plans projects. To be able to cut circles and patterns into wood you may want to invest in a router table and router with blades. A hand held saber saw, circular saw, chisels, extra bits for the drill and power sanders are also important tools. Keep safety while you are working in mind and have goggles too to protect your eyes and ear muffs for when you are using equipment that is very loud. A dust mask will help prevent you inhaling the dust as will installing a ventilation system into the area that you will be working.

The importance of that tape measure

One of the simplest and most important tool is your tape measure. If you do not use one, or do not use it well you are going to be running into problems and having to re-do things making the project drag on and far more costly. Measure everything twice before you start cutting and do not rush the measuring stage.

Choosing backyard shed plans

Build backyard shed plans should have materials you need, clear instructions with measurements, and some diagrams. Choose a project that matches your skill and experience level. If you need to buy or rent tools you have not used before read instructions and safety warnings carefully and practice on some scrap wood first or try smaller projects first. For the more experienced you can take a build backyard shed plans and change it to something more custom made. It is unlikely that you can complete a shed the day you start it, make sure you understand each stage and the time that will be involved to complete it.


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Do it Yourself With These Garbage Can “Wooden Shed Plans “

There are many different types of wooden sheds you can have in your garden, a tool shed, something larger to use as storage, a workshop shed, a firewood shed and so on. There are many wooden shed plans available online for free as well as ones you can pay for. Key to finding good plans is knowing what the purpose of the shed is going to be, and taking on a project that you can manage. These wooden shed plans are for holding a garbage can. Many people like the idea of having their garbage can out of the way, it looks better, smells better and keeps the animals from going through your garbage looking for a free take out! These garbage can wooden shed plans include the materials you need, the tools you need and then take you step by step through the project.

Do it Yourself With These Garbage Can Wooden Shed Plans

Materials needed in these wooden shed plans
•Five 8ft 2 x 4 pressure treated plywood or cedar
•One ½ inch 4 x 8ft sheet of exterior grade plywood
•One 5/8 inch 4 x 8ft sheet of decorative siding plywood
•Four pieces 1 x 2 inch 8ft cedar trim
•For the frame use 3 inch zinc screws
•For the plywood use 1 ½ inch or 2 inch zinc screws
•Two doors and a lid each need a set of hinges
•Your choice of hardware that keeps the doors shut
•A bundle of cedar shingles
•15# roofing felt tar paper
•Roofing nails either galvanized cedar or copper

Tools needed in these wooden shed plans
•Jig saw
•circular saw
•staple gun
•measuring tape
•safety gear – goggles, mufflers, mask
•utility knife

Instructions for garbage can wooden shed plans

1.Using the pressure-treated 2 x 4 lumber screw together a rectangle that will be the floor using the 3inch zinc screws so that it measures 2ft x 4ft. On the exterior grade plywood mark the outline of the floor frame then cut to fit and attach using the 1 ½ inch screws.
2.Now clamp two 2 x 4 posts to the floor at the back corner and front corner and make sure it is perfectly squared using a square.
3.You are now going to work out the roof angle you would prefer. First of all we need to make sure the lowest point of the roof is still higher than the garbage cans so that you can get them in and out so measure your cans then add on another 6 ½ inches and mark that on both vertical posts. Now when you are working the angle of the roof you know you cannot go below those 2 marks.
4.Use a spare piece of wood or a yardstick and experiment against the vertical posts the angle of roof you want. Mark on the posts the line the roof is going to take.
5.Now unclamp the vertical posts and cut them where you marked the roof line and cut another two posts the same measurements for the other side. Attach the posts to the floor board using 3 inch zinc screws ( you may want to pre-drill for the screws to make it easier).
6.Now cut horizontal frames to go at the top of the vertical posts and join them together and cut the two end rafters at the angle you already set. You also need to cut a center support post to go at the back of the wooden shed and toe screw to attach to the top and bottom frame.
7.Cut three pieces of plywood siding to fit the back and two sides making sure you cut them about ½ inch shorter and lifting them to attach them so they line up with the top of the frame and are off the ground to prevent rot. The two side pieces will need to be angled.
8.Use 1 x 2 inch cedar boards as trim on the corners and sides and top front edge.
9.Now it is time to measure and cut out the doors making sure they fit inside the trim and are ½ inch to 1 inch off the floor so that they open easily. Once they are cut out use skims to hold them in place so that you can put on the hinges and install the hardware that will keep the doors closed.
10.Nearly there, just the lid and roofing to do. Cut the plywood lid to fit your shed making sure there is an overhang of ½ inch on the front and sides. Then attach the hinge to the back.
11.Cover the lid with the 15# roofing felt tar paper using your utility knife to trim it to fit. Now organize the shingles into their sizes.
12.Install the first row of shingles so that there is a ¼ overhang on the sides and front and so that they are tightly fitted side by side. You need to use weather resistant nails for this. Over the top of this first row add another layer with an extra ¼ inch overhang.
13.Now the next row behind these should cover the parts of the bottom front layer that you can see and now space the shingles ¼ inch apart. You should work it out so that about 5 to 7 inches of shingles are exposed in each row. The excess at the back row can be cut off with a hand saw.

Your work is now complete; you have followed these garbage can wooden shed plans and have now got something that should looks good and is functional.


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