How to Build a Garden Storage Box


Gardeners take great pride in their yards, gardens and landscape. The myriad of tools and equipment become extensions of the gardener and projects; these tools are often seen strewn about or have a haphazard placement when the work is done. Having a place to put the tools is always needed. Building a simple garden storage box is the solution.

Step 1

Set up the 15-by-17 inch boards parallel to each other on a flat surface. Set up the 36 1/4-by-14 inch boards between the ends of the parallel boards to form a rectangle. Stand the boards on their sides and make the ends flush. The shorter boards will be taller and make up the sides of the box. Measure and mark 5 inches from both the bottom and top ends of the longer boards. Drill screws through the sides of the short boards into the ends of the long boards at the ends of these marks to secure the frame.

Step 2

Put the 36 3/4-by-13 1/2-inch board inside the frame so that it is parallel to the back and front of the frame. Lay it flat. Center it out between the back and front. This becomes the bottom of the frame. Drill screws through the sides into the ends of this piece. Drill screws through the back and front boards into the sides of the bottom board at equidistant intervals.

Step 3

Flip the box over so that it stands on one of the sides.

Step 4

Lay the 2-by-40 1/4-inch board on the box top. Center this piece to be flush with the exterior edge one of the longer sides. You should have a 1 inch overhang on each end of this board. This becomes the brace for the lid and determines the back of the box. Drill screws through this piece into the frame on three sides.

Step 5

Measure and mark 8 inches from each end of the board. Attach a hinge at each mark with screws making sure they face the same direction and are even with each other. Attach the long side of the 40 1/4-by-14-inch piece to the hinges with the piece being even with the brace by drilling screws through this piece into the hinges. Make this piece have an allowance of 1 inch on the sides and front.

Step 6

Open the lid with the underside showing. Measure and mark 8 inches from each side of the box at the center of the lid. Set the 1-by-2-inch boards vertical on the lid. Center these pieces on the lid using the markings from the measurements. Drill screws through the lid into these pieces.

Step 7

Using the manufacturer's instructions, install the lid bracket to the interior front of the box.

Step 8

Sand down the exterior and interior edges until smoothed out. Apply the wood stain according to directions on the can.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 cedar boards 36 1/4 by 14 inches
  • 2 cedar boards 15 by 17 inches
  • 1 cedar board 36 3/4 by 13 1/2 inches
  • 1 cedar board 2 by 40 1/4 inches
  • 1 cedar board 40 1/4 by 14 inches
  • 2 boards 1 by 2 by 13 inches
  • Drill
  • Box of wood screws
  • Measuring tape
  • 2 hinges
  • Lid bracket
  • Sand paper
  • Wood stain
  • Paint brush


  • Wayneofthewoods: Garden Bench
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Jack S. Waverly is a Pennsylvania-based freelance writer who has written hundreds of articles relating to business, finance, travel, history and health. His current focus is on pets, gardens, personal finance and business management. Waverly has been writing online content professionally since 2007 for various providers and websites.