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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Tips for Designing a Patio

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If you are thinking about adding a patio to your garden or backyard this build backyard shed article offers some tips for designing a patio before you get planning. The word patio is Spanish and means a place in the garden for recreation. Its meaning can change in different countries, for example sometimes when Australians or people from the UK refer to a patio they may be talking about a balcony or veranda area. This article means the backyard patio which are usually made from stones such as limestone, slate or sandstone, brick or concrete.

When you refer to landscaping the garden this means plants, bedding, lawn and so on. A patio is part of the hardscape of the land, it’s not a living area though it can include some aspects of nature. Patios shouldn’t become cluttered with too much decoration and the design and decoration need to be done with the climate in mind and what parts come into direct sunlight.

Practical tips for designing a patio

1. Remember whatever you do is going to need some maintenance so only create what you can look after and what you can afford to repair and maintain.
2. Make sure any objects or materials that are in direct sunlight can take the exposure and won’t be ruined by it. Chairs, decorations, tables that will be affected by too much sun or rain need to be somewhere more sheltered.
3. Think about the shape of your patio – it does not have to be square or rectangular! Try out other shapes or opt for more curved lines rather than angular.
4. It is important to make sure the patio is built on a surface that is even.
5. If you live in a climate that is seasonal you will need somewhere to store furniture in the winter.
6. Patio covering or umbrellas can offer protection from the sun and rain.

Decoration tips for designing a patio

1. Have a focal point such as a statue, fountain or water feature, a plant or even a pool.
2. Lighting should be used for practical purposes when the patio is used in the evening and at night, and to add ambiance as well as being decorative features themselves. Torches, solar lights, hanging from trees – there are many possibilities.
3. If you have children using the patio have part of it turned into a play area.
4. Having a pergola in view of patio or as part of it can be a nice feature, it will help filter the sunlight as well as being a place of growth.

A patio is no longer a square piece of paving that takes up garden space. It is a design feature that should be an extension of the house, as well as being somewhere you can get together with family and friends to enjoy the outdoors. Though it may take a little time to plan and design the finished result will give you pleasure for years to come.

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Building a Treehouse


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.


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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