Trash can enclosure plans

This step by step diy project is about trash can enclosure plans. This garden project features detailed instructions regarding the construction of a trash can enclosure. If you want to hide your trash can from the eyes of your guests, building a nice wooden surround is the right way to get the job done. Adjust the design of the enclosure to suit your need.s

You should always plan everything from the very beginning, in order to prevent costly mistakes and to save time. In most of the cases, you need a friend to give you a hand when assembling the trash can enclosure. Invest in high quality lumber and plywood, as the components will be exposed to bad weather. Protect the components with appropriate paint or stain.

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 tools 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.

 

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Trash can enclosure plans

Building a trash can enclosure

Building a trash can enclosure

 

Materials

  • A – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 36″ long, 4 pieces – 33″ long FLOOR
  • B – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 44″ long POSTS
  • C – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 30″ long, 2 pieces – 25 1/2″ long SUPPORTS
  • D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 25 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 34 3/4″ long DOOR
  • E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 33″ long, 1 piece – 32 1/2″ long, 1 piece of 2×2 lumber – 25 1/2″ long TRIMS

 

Tools

  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

 

Tips

  • Use a good miter saw to make the angle cuts
  • Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws

 

Time

  • One Week

 

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How to build a trash can enclosure

Building the floor frame

Building the floor frame

 

The first step of the project is to build the frame of the floor. Cut the components at the right dimensions and lock them together, as described in the free plans. Drill pilot holes through the rim joists and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Leave no gaps between the components and make sure the corners are right angled.

 

Fitting the vertical supports

Fitting the vertical supports

 

Next, fit the 2×4 posts to the framing. Drill pilot holes through the components and secure them to the frame using 2 1/2″ screws. Use a spirit level to plumb the posts before inserting the screws.

 

Fitting the decking

Fitting the decking

 

Next, fit the 1×6 decking boards to the floor frame, as described in the diagram. Place a piece of 1/2″ plywood between the boards to make sure there are even gaps between the components.

 

Decking board

Decking board

 

Make notches to the decking boards placed at both ends of the floor. Smooth the edges with fine-grit sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.

 

Fitting the horizontal supports

Fitting the horizontal supports

 

Fit the 2×4 supports to the frame of the enclosure. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the vertical posts. Make sure the corners are right angled before inserting the screws.

 

Lettice panels

Lettice panels

 

Fit lattice panels to the trash can enclosure. Use staples to lock the panels to the frame, as shown in the diagram.

 

Building the door

Building the door

 

Build the frame of the door out of 2×4 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the vertical components and secure them to the horizontal components using 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square and add glue to the joints. Use hinges to lock the doors to the frame of the enclosure. Fit a latch to lock the door properly.

 

Fitting the top trims

Fitting the top trims

 

Fit 2×4 and 2×2 trims to the top of the trash bin enclosure. Cut the ends at 45 degrees and smooth the edges with sandpaper. Use 2 1/2″ brad nails to lock the trims into place.

 

Door panel

Door panel

 

Attach lattice to the door. Cut the panel at the dimensions shown in the diagram and staple it into place every 4″.

 

Trash-can-enclosure

Trash can enclosure

 

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.

Smart Tip: Apply a few coats of stain or exterior paint to the components, in order to protect them from decay and water damage. Check out the rest of the outdoor plans featured on our website.

 

 

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