I built a box to store small garden tools and supplies: gloves, garden knife, twine, secateurs, etc. I am that peculiar kind of lazy which would rather spend days fashioning such a box than go back into the house for a pair of scissors.
It is shaped like a shed with a copper roof made from scrap flashing left over from a roof tear-off. I used scrap lumber and exterior-grade paint left over from other projects. The only purchases were cup hooks and a doorknob.
Because this project involved scrap lumber of non-stock dimensions, I would recommend if you want to make one for yourself out of stock lumber that you decide what it is you would like to store in it and plan the dimensions of your cubby accordingly.
It is a basic box with a pointed roof and a door. With the exception of the door which uses a little basic dowel joinery, simple butt joinery with exterior glue and wood screws is the order of the day. The roof decking and the copper flashing/roofing is nailed with small finishing nails. I put a dab of silicone caulk over the roof nails for waterproofing and caulked the other joints after building the basic box as well.
Mine measures 11 3/4 ” wide, 6 1/2″ deep, and 18 1/4 ” high at the roof peak. The door, cut to fit the opening, uses dowel joinery for the frame with a 1/4 ” piece of plywood screwed to the back of the door frame. I “hinged” it at the top and bottom with dowel pegs for an “invisible” hinge.
Some of the pieces laid out prior to construction are shown here. (The door frame pieces in this photo were too big. I had to start over, but I show them here to show the dowel joinery.):
It has three coats of paint beginning with a coat of water-based Kilz, followed by two coats of exterior house paint.
The interior has freehand swirls.
The exterior is striped by masking off sections and brushing on two light coats of light green exterior house paint. The door panel has a “plaid” design to complement the stripes.
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