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Build a Garden Storage Box

Build this simple storage cabinet right in your garden. It's an attractive feature and keeps small garden tools dry and close at hand. Build it from a single 8-ft. 1x12.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Assemble the garden box

Keep tools and supplies right next to your garden with this small storage house. It only takes a few hours to build, and costs $35 if you use pine or $70 for the rough-sawn cedar we used.

Cut flat, dry 1x12s to the lengths in the Cutting List, available in Additional Information, below. Nail and glue the sides, base and back together, then attach the rafters and gables.

Fasten the shorter roof panel on one side, leaving 7/8-in. overhangs in the front and back. Caulk the top edge, then nail the long panel on.

Cut the hinge mortises into the door and side and hang the door. Stain or paint the wood inside and out to seal it. Use green branches for the handle, nailing them in place.

Figure A: Garden box details

Figure A: Garden box details

Figure A: Garden Box Details

Cut all the parts from an 8-ft. 1x12.

Figure A, a Cutting List and a Materials List are available in pdf format in Additional Information below.
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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

    • Hammer
    • Circular saw
    • Caulk gun
    • Drill/driver, cordless
    • Drill bit set
    • Framing square
    • Wood glue
    • Wood chisel

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February 21, 2:47 PM [GMT -5]

i drew a cutting layout on paper to see how i would draw everything out before heading to the woodpile. i can't figure a way to plan it out that i don't need 9' instead of eight. i'm either missing the gables or a piece of roof. i turned C shortwise. just doing the math it adds to 109".

September 13, 1:10 PM [GMT -5]

What are the angles for the sides aoof?

February 22, 9:56 AM [GMT -5]

It's to bad the cutting list is printed in a font size that a 13y/o would find easy to read.
No cutting list for the handle??

March 21, 12:44 PM [GMT -5]

The Figure A pdf should be working now.

February 10, 11:47 AM [GMT -5]

The "Figure" instructions in the pdf formats are great,,but on this one when you click on it to print it,,it only comes up as the Materials list,,,,The Figure A pdf page is missing,,,is it available?

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