This step by step woodworking project is about rain barrel stand plans. I have designed this sturdy stand so you can have a barrel for collecting rain water. Remember that you need to adjust the height and the size of the top to suit your needs. My plans come with step by step instructions and you can easily adjust all the dimensions to suit your needs. See my other DIY projects HERE.
We recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. Therefore, you should buy weather-resistant lumber, such as pine or cedar. Always take accurate measurements before adjusting the size of the components at the proper size. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the wood screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.
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Rain Barrel Stand Plans
- A – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 34 1/2″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 21″ long, 1 piece – 15″ long BRACES
- C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 21″ long, 2 pieces – 18″ long SUPPORT
- D – 5 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 21″ long TOP
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- One Day
Building a rain barrel stand
The first step of the project is to build the legs for the rain barrel stand. Mark the cut lines on the legs and use a circular saw to make parallel cuts. Remove the excess with a chisel and smooth the recess with sandpaper.
Attach the 2×4 braces to the legs, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock everything together tightly. Make sure the corners are square and add glue to the joints.
Fit a 2×4 stretcher to the bottom of the rain barrel stand. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square and add glue to the joints.
Build the top supports from 2×4 slats, as well. Cut the components at the right components, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly. Add glue to the joints for a neat result.
Attach 2×4 slats to the top of the barrel stand. Place a piece of 1″ lumber between the slats to create even gaps. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to get the job done in a professional result.
Smooth the edges with sandpaper and fill the gaps with wood putty. After evening out the surface, you need to apply a few coats of stain or paint to protect the components from the elements.
If you want save rain water, then you need to build a barrel stand. With these easy to follow plans you can make a stand that is both sturdy and that has a nice appearance. If you like my project, don’t forget to SHARE it on Facebook and Pinterest.
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