This step by step diy project is about deck box plans. If you want to add storage space to your backyard, building a deck box is a possible solution to your problems. If you want to get a neat design, we recommend you to use plan everything with attention and to take into account all details. Select a design that suits your needs.
This wooden box can also be used in your home, as it features a neat design that can match almost any style. You should always plan everything form the very beginning and to adjust the size of the deck box to your needs, while you can still use the woodworking techniques described in this project. Mark the cut lines on the slats before making the cuts and use a jigsaw to get the job done.
There are a few tips that you should take into account, if you want to get a professional result. Therefore, take accurate measurements and use professional tool when making the cuts or when drilling pilot holes. Align the components at both ends and add waterproof glue to the joints, if you want to create a rigid structure. Round the exposed edges with sandpaper or by using a good router.
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Deck box plans
- A – 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 21″ long LEGS
- B – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 20″ long, 4 pieces – 45″ long SUPPORTS
- C – 52 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 14″, 6 pieces – 17″ long, 1 piece – 22 1/2″ long PANELS
- D – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 20″x45″ long BOTTOM
- E – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 48″ long, 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 23″ long, 2 pieces – 20″ long LID
- F – 24 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 15 1/2″ long LID PANELS
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- Use a good miter saw to make the angle cuts
- Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws
- One Week
How to build a deck box
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the side frames of the deck box. In order to get a professional result, we recommend you to build the corner legs out of 2×2 lumber and the top and bottom supports out of 2×4 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the horizontal supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the legs.
After building the side frames, you need to assemble the panels. Therefore, cut several 1×3 slats at the right size and drill pocket holes at both ends. Fit the slats to the frames and lock them into place using 1 1/4″ screws.
Next, build the front and the back faces of the deck box using the instructions described in the diagram. Cut the top and bottom supports out of 2×4 lumber and the panels out of 1×3 slats. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the 1×3 slats and secure them to the supports using 1 1/4″ screws and glue. Leave no gaps between the slats, for a professional result.
After building the four sides of the deck box, we recommend you to assemble them together tightly. In order to get a professional result, we recommend you to drill pocket holes at both ends of the front and back supports. Align the edges with attention and insert 2 1/2″ screws through the supports into the corner legs. Add glue to the joints and check if the corners are right-angled.
Build the bottom of the deck box out of 3/4′ plywood. Cut the component at the right dimensions and drill pocket holes along the sides using a jig and a drill machinery. Fit the piece to the deck box and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the supports. Make sure the bottom is perfectly horizontal and leave no gaps between the components. Fitting the bottom will also help you ensure the corners are right-angled.
Building the lid for the deck box is a straight-forward process, but you need to pay attention to a few aspects before starting the assembly. Build the front and back components out of 2×2 lumber and the sides out of 1×2 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the sides and insert 1 1/4″ screws to get a rigid frame. Make sure the corners are right-angled and add glue to the joints.
In order to enhance the rigidity of the frame, you need to fit 1×2 supports. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports and insert 1 1/4″ screws to the frame to create a rigid structure. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are right-angled.
Build the panels out of 1×3 lumber. Cut the components at the right size and drill pocket holes at both ends. Fit the slats to the frame and secure them into place using 1 1/4″ screws and glue.
After assembling the lid of the deck box, we recommend you to fit it to the structure, making sure all the edges are perfectly aligned. Use hinges to lock the lid to the back of the deck box. Use several hinges to make sure it will open and close easily.
Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. In order to get a professional result, fill the holes and the gaps with wood filler and let it dry out for a few hours. Check if there are protruding screws and fix this issue, if necessary.
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