This step by step diy woodworking project is about trash can enclosure plans. This detailed article features instructions and complete diagrams about building a enclosure for your trash bins. Adjust the design of the structure to suit your needs and budget. This project requires basic tools and materials, so that any person with basic skills can get the job done in less than a week.
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Trash can enclosure plans
- A – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 36″ long, 4 pieces – 33″ long FLOOR
- B – 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 44″ long SUPPORTS
- C – 6 piece of 1×6 lumber – 36″ long FLOORING
- D – 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 30″ long, 2 pieces – 29 1/2″ long FRAME
- E – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 29 1/2″ long, 3 pieces – 38 3/4″ long DOOR
- F – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 34″ long, 1 piece – 34 1/2″ long TRIMS
How to a trash can enclosure
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the frame of the floor. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to cut the components at the right dimensions out of 2×2 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the rim joists and insert 2 1/2″ screws. Alternatively, you could drill pocket holes at both ends of the 33″ long components and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components.
Continue the project by fitting the 2×2 supports to the floor frame. Cut the components at the right dimensions and fit them to the frame, as described in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the frame of the floor. Use a spirit level to check if the supports are perfectly-level.
Next, attach the 1×6 decking boards to the floor of the trash can enclosure. Place the boards equally-spaced and lock them into place using 1 1/4″ screws. Countersink the head of the screws to get a professional appearance.
Make notches to the boards that are placed at both ends of the floor. Use a chisel to remove the excess and smooth the recess with sandpaper.
Continue the project by attaching the rest of the components to the frame. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the 2×2 components and secure them to the vertical supports, by using 2 1/2″ screws. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are right-angled.
Build the frame of the door out of 2×2 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the vertical supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the horizontal components. Add glue to enhance the bond of the joints.
Attach lattice panels to the sides of the trash can enclosure. Align the edges with attention and use staples or brad nails to lock the panels to the frames.
Attach a lattice panel to the front face of the trash can enclosure, in the same manner described above.
Fit lattice to the door of the enclosure.
One of the last steps of the projects is to attach the trims to the top of the trash can enclosure. Use 1×3 lumber to build the trims. Cut the ends that join together at 45 degrees. Fit the trims to the top of the enclosure and lock it into place using 1 1/4″ brad nails.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the wooden garden enclosure stand from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain.
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