This step by step diy woodworking project is about a simple outhouse plans. This is PART 2 of the outhouse project, where I show you how to build the seat and the front door. If you need a temporarily outhouse in the backyard, this project is a good option, as it is easy to build and it keeps the costs under control. Take a look over the rest of our woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.
Projects made from these plans
Simple Outhouse Plans – Part 2
- K – 3 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 35 1/2″ long, 3 pieces – 13 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 21″ long SEAT FRAME
- L – 5 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 38 1/2″ long, 4 pieces – 14 1/4″ long SEAT SLATS
- M – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 31 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 73 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 24 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 42 3/4″ long, 1 piece of 1/4″ plywood – 31 1/2″x80 1/2″ long DOOR
- PART 1: Simple Outhouse Plans
- PART 2: Outhouse Roof Plans
Building a simple outhouse seat and door
The first step of the project is to build the frame for the seat. Therefore, cut the components from 2×2 lumber, as shown in the diagram. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the components and then lock them into place with 2 1/2″ screws. Align the components and make sure the corners are square.
Fit the supports to the top of the frame. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports and then insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the supports into place tightly. Make sure the corners are square. Remember that you can adjust the position of the supports, according to the toilet seat you are going to use.
Fit 1×6 slats to the front of the seat. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to make corner notches to the top and bottom slats, so you can fit them into place easily. Leave no gaps between the slats and insert 2″ nails to lock them into place tightly.
Fit the 1×6 slats to the top of the seat frame. Align the edges with attention and leave no gaps between the boards. Insert 2″ nails to secure the slats into place.
Build the frame for the door from 1×4 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the yellow components and insert 1 1/4″ screws to lock them together, as shown in the diagram. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush.
Attach 1/4″ plywood to the back of the door frame. Use 1″ nails or staples to lock the panel into place tightly, after aligning the edges.
Fit diagonal braces to the door. Align the edges and insert 1″ nails through the back into the boards.
Fit the door into the opening and use hinges to lock it to the frame of the outhouse. Install a latch on the outside and a latch on the interior, so you can keep the door closed tightly.
This outhouse is super easy to build and it is also very sturdy.
Fill the holes with wood putty and let them dry out for a few hours. Smooth the surface with 100-220 grit sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth. Take a look over the rest of our woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
Top Tip: Apply a few coats of paint or stain to the components, to enhance the look of the project. Design is a very subjective area, so you can make modifications to the project so it suit your needs. Check out the rest of the project, to learn how to build the seat and the front door.
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