Cedar outdoor box

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Project by Timbo78 posted 12-06-2015 11:52 PM 1763 views 6 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cedar deck box I made for all the things that the kids end up leaving all over the yard. Made from cedar 2×4s from Lowe’s. I actually made this last year, and would definitely do some things much differently now that I have a little more knowledge. As in, I’d do just about everything differently. For the corner posts, I would either laminate two pieces and cut out the “L” shape, or just buy some 4×4s and do the same. For this project I decided to miter bevel two 2×4s. The edges tore out and it was largely a pain to glue up. Won’t do that again. I also decided to take a crack at mortise and tenon joinery. Since I had no usable hand tools for the job, I went with the router for the mortises and dado blade for the tenons. Though I still haven’t done hand-cut m&t myself, I’ve seen how much easier it is than the method I used. Won’t do that again. And for the slats, I cut a groove in the horizontal frame pieces and just laid them in. I did not use tongue and groove on the slats themselves. Talk about a colossal pain in the ass to glue up. The grooves weren’t very deep, so the slats kept sliding and falling out whenever I tried to get the frame together. Won’t do that again. I saw someone else use mitered half laps on a similar box, so I took a shot at that for the top frame. Wasn’t too bad, actually. Might do that again.

It was one of my first projects, so I’ll always appreciate it. The craftsmanship is pretty poor and I made it a zillion times more difficult for myself to build.. But I learned and have something to show for it. And it holds all the toys. Which is what it was designed to do. Thanks.

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#1 posted 12-07-2015 02:54 PM

Well Done!. it looks good on the pictures and for the intended purpose does not need to be a masterpiece (even though we all strive for that). Gaining experience and learning from it is invaluable: No doing – No learning.

as a suggestion, I would definitely install some sort of hold-open device (gas pistons, rockler dampened hinges…). just so the kids don’t risk their lives when they are trying to get to their stuff…


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