This step by step diy project is about how to build a rain barrel stand. If you want to learn more about building a basic rain barrel stand, pay attention to this project. This wooden stand is ideal for collecting rain water and it is easy to build, so that any diy-er can get the job done in a few hours. Make sure you smooth all the edges and apply a few coats of paint or stain to protect the components.
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 wood rain barrel stand. 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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How to build a rain barrel stand
- A – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 34 1/2″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 18″ long, 2 pieces – 21″ long FRAME
- C – 5 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 21″ long TOP
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 21″ long, 1 piece – 15″ long BRACES
- 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 Day
Rain barrel stand plans
The first step of the project is to build the legs for the rain barrel stand. Use 4×4 lumber to build the legs. Make notches to the bottom of the legs, as described in the diagram. Make several parallel cuts inside the marked area and remove the excess with a chisel. Smooth the recess with sandpaper.
Build the frame out of 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the 21″ components and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the 18″ supports. Make sure the corners are square and leave no gaps between the components.
Continue the project by attaching the 4×4 legs to the frame, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the frame and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the legs. Add glue to the joints and make sure the legs are perfectly plumb.
Fit 2×4 braces to the bottom of the legs, as described in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the braces and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the legs. Add glue to the joints and make sure there are no gaps between the components.
Fit the 2×4 stretcher to the bottom of the barrel stand. Drill pilot holes through the braces and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the stretcher. Check if the corners are square and add glue to the joints.
Fit the 2×4 slats to the frame, as described in the diagram. Place the slats equally-spaced and secure them to the frame using 2 1/2″ screws. Pre-drill the slats to prevent the wood from splitting.
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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