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Outdoor Storage Bench // Woodworking How To

Hey i”m Bob at I Like to Make Stuff today were gonna make a quick and easy outdoor storage bench *intro music* several years ago i made an outdoor storage bench, actually in the same spot and it lasted for a long time but it was time to replace it so i thought i would show you how i did it. It’s really easy, you don’t need many tools, and it uses dimensional lumber from the hardware store Alright! Let’s check it out I’m using pressure treated lumber for this, so that it will last quite a while outside It’s a lot easier, in this case, to bring out a miter saw (or if you have a circular saw that would work as well) to bring it to where you’re working outside, because this piece is going to be big I started by cutting down all the 2x4s to their final length to make a couple of frames There’s going to be one frame that goes on the top of this, and one goes on the bottom I’m just putting these together with butt joints (yes, they’re called butt joints) and I’m gonna use decking screws The decking screws have a coating on the outside so that they last and won’t get all rusty This bench is going to be 10 feet long to fit in between these two bushes And so added one support across the center I used the same size and the same construction for the previous one I made and it worked just fine I cut down some more 2x4s to use as the uprights to connect the two frames from the bottom to the top I wanted these to have a little foot underneath the whole thing, so I cut some 1 inch scraps to use as an offset to hold the bottom frame off the ground Then I put the legs on the ground, right up in the corner and drove in screws from all three sides to tie each one of these together really strong With all of the uprights connected, I stood it up on its end and then laid the top frame down I flipped this whole piece over so that I was working on it upside down and this let me connect the top of the uprights to the bottom of the top frame Super confusing, I know, but once you flip it over, it makes more sense The long 2x4s were purchased at 10 feet, so I didn’t have to cut those But the 1x4s I used to face the whole thing were 12 foot, so I did have to cut off some extra from them, and use those extra pieces to cover the ends I screwed one piece in, used a couple of screws as a spacer, and added the next one, and the next one, and followed that all the way up the sides I did the same procedure for the front, and the back, and the other end No matter how good you are at picking out pieces of lumber, none of them are going to be perfectly straight I find it’s best to start at one end, put one screw in, then your spacer right in the middle, screw the middle piece in, and then work to the other end That allows you to bend it as you need to to get all the way across, and get it as straight as possible Then go back and add a second screw to each one of these connections After this was completely wrapped in 1/4s, I laid out some decking boards across the top Then I took them off and cut them in half These were also purchased at 10 feet, so I didn’t have to cut them to length, just right down the middle I laid them back in place, matching them up with their off cut, and used 2x4s to span all four pieces You have to make sure to drive in screws from the bottom and from the top side because once these start to warp they will separate unless there are screws coming in from both directions I cleaned up the end of each one of these pieces with a circular saw so that it was nice and straight To close the bottom of this in, and keep critters out, I used some wire mesh that I got at the home center I actually bought it in 5 foot sections, so it fit perfectly in I forced it down into shape, and used a staple gun just to attach it every couple of inches This is the same thing I did last time, and I never had an animal inside this thing Finally, it was time to add some hinges and I used some large galvanized hinges I screwed them right on the inside, and then into the back of the box This thing is heavy, but it’s not so heavy that I couldn’t move it into place by myself Obviously, if you were on uneven ground that might be harder I added some eyes, both to the inside of the door, and to the inside of the box before using some chain to connect them This will stop the door from slamming all the way open But you still have to be careful when closing it To make it easier to open though, I used a square to mark a little area and cut it out with a jigsaw This is just a hand hold right in the middle of each one of these sides I put a little bit of an angle on it, but you could always use a router to round it over if you wanted to make it even fancier Then I could finally hide away all the noodles and pool cleaning supplies There it is! Super quick and easy! I did this in an entire day, and I was filming – so if you weren’t filming, this would only take you a couple of hours Obviously you can always change the scale of this to fit your space I just made it so that it would fit between these two bushes in this one little area And if you needed to put heavier things on the inside, you could put some slats of wood across there, just to give it a solid bottom In my case, though, I’m going to be storing mostly pool noodles and supplies, so it doesn’t really need to be strong down there Because this wood is treated, it is a little wet, so I have to wait for it to dry out before I can sand out the markings on the top of it Those will come out pretty easily, and then once it fully dries out you can stain it, you can paint it, you can do anything you want I hope you liked this one! Let me know what you think about it down in the comments I’ve got lots of other types of videos that you might want to check out and don’t forget to subscribe That’s it for this one guys! Thanks for watching! I’m gonna go get in the pool Several years ago, meow

100 comments found

  1. Yes, I am moving! This was built at our current home as a way to tidy up the backyard as we prepare it for sale. The bench will stay at this house.

  2. Hy Bob Im a big fan and I have a cool idea. FIDGET SPINNERS are very popular right now and I was thinkin that maybe you shoud make one out of wood that whould be realy awesome .

  3. Can you make something with an old phone? My dad gave me one to look at how it works, but I want to make something with it, also, can you make a fidget spinner 😉

  4. It would be really cool if you used some hot glue globs or even some store bought rubber stoppers on the top of the corners of the box and by the handles, just so that when you close it it has something to prevent it from slamming down. Would be useful on a windy day or if you have kids grabbing pool toys 🙂

  5. awesome simple box, how would you make something if you want it water proof? u want to make similar but for charcoal

  6. Are there plans for this bench that I could access? Also any ideas on how to make it water tight, at least from the top? Want to build this to store grill accessories including charcoal

  7. I always love checking to see if you post a video, I may not see them right away, but they sure do make my day! I can't wait to start learning to be a carpenter! Thanks Bob!

  8. I wonder why don't you ever add cushions to your benches? Or a backrest for that matter. It looks like a box you can sit on, not a bench with storage! Go to the flea market, get some cheap round cushions (clean them from fleas!) then use Velcro so they'll stay in place. Really easy and colorful!

  9. i love building stuff that my parents could use every day, makes me feel good when i see their faces light up at what i've created. My father needs this for his pool. so i think im going to build a 5 foot long one (as he doesnt have a very large amount of pool stuff). thanks for the inspiration! Keep doing what you're doing, you're great at it!

  10. 0:51 This reminds me of what my uncle told be a while back, "If you're working in my woodshop and you are not using a right angle, get out."

  11. been watching LOTS of outdoor storage box "how to's" trying to figure out how to best make one for my needs, and yours is THE BEST. great job! also, HUGE, so hell yeah for that!

  12. I was laughing at the 'butt joint' part. Not that they're called butt joints, because you said "And yes, that re called butt joints"

  13. Hi Bob! I like to make stuff too! And like watching you to learn how to! Can I offer my very humble opinion about óne thing? Please throw it away if you feel like it:) Love your channel, but do nót like the standard mini intro. For me, watching your videos is super inspiring and calming, and this calm feeling of sitting down after a long day to look at how to make things, or going into my shop myself, is worlds apart from the stressful high pace edited and scored intro:) Anyway, just to know the inner workings of one of your binge watching followers! Best, and please keep (liking) making things, WFH

  14. Great ! Know… How do you make it Water proof,,,/? I need to Storage my Tools inside. Any Tips…? Thanks !

  15. Made it seem way too easy man awesome video thanks might do me one of these for my porch this weekend

  16. Very well thought out design and construction. This bin was already tested in its previous iteration, so it's really a "should-be" rather than just a "has been"!

  17. What a great instruccion video. I need just what you show so my nephew is going to do it for me. I hope I can help him. Thanks!

  18. That’s awesome but couldn’t help but think that where I live it would become the perfect place for rattle snakes

  19. i think i will try this project before summer ends. you mentioned having made one of these before and it 'lasting a long time'. how long did it last? was there anything you might have dont to make it last longer? great video, you make it look easy!

  20. You probably figured this out already but cutting pressure-treated lumber near your pool is somewhat of a bad idea as it puts a lot of phosphates in your pool which you then have to remove via a chemicals-plus-vacuuming process – unnecessary time and money costs versus just cutting all of the lumber 40 or 50 feet away from your pool. Ask me how I know. 🙂

  21. I really liked this instructional video, thank you!!!
    Do you have any suggestions if I wanted a similar storage box/seat, but I wanted the inside to be waterproof?
    Also, how long could I expect the box to last, 100% exposed to the elements?

  22. how do u keep stuff inside dry and keep the mud from spattering thru the gaps between the boards? other than that it's done nicety.

  23. Love this video! I am looking to build something similar but have it as an actual seated bench. Do you think I would need more supports in place if people would be sitting on it? Thanks!

  24. Anyone have a rough estimate of the cost (within $50 or so) for all materials? I scrolled through several of the comments and didn't see anything.
    I'm guessing somewhere close to $100?

  25. If I wanted to build something like this but with water proof storage inside so I can store a bunch of pillows etc to use when sitting on the bench how would I do this? Or do you think I’m better off buying water proof storage and then building a bench around that?

    Thanks and great video. Subscribed!

  26. Hi bob, not sure if this has been asked but how would you make this project more waterproof as I live in ireland and we mostly get rain?

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