Create Your Own Outdoor Storage

An open wood box laying on it's back.
  • 2-8 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 50-200
What You'll Need
Protective eyewear
48x96x1-inch plywood board
48x26x1-inch plywood board
Tape measure
Two hinges
Paint or wood stain (optional)
Castor wheels
Cushion (optional)
Box latch (optional)

Outdoor activities typically require equipment that needs to be stored. Balls, bats, rackets, and seasonal gear can be easily organized in an outdoor storage bin that you can quickly make in an afternoon. All you need is a couple of plywood boards and some common household tools and you’ll be on your way.

Step 1 - Prepare

Take your materials list to your local home improvement store and purchase whatever you don’t have on hand at home. Gather everything you need in your work area and put on your protective eyewear before you start.

Step 2 - Make Your Cuts

man cutting a sheet of plywood

Begin by cutting the larger plywood board into the base, the sides, the front and the back of your storage bin. Measure the board into four panels that are 48x24 inches in size. Mark the panel edges with your pencil. Then, use your jigsaw to cut out each piece. Take one of these panels and cut it in half so you have two panels that are 24x24 inches. Trim another down to shave two inches off of the longer side, so that it measures 46x24 when you’re done.

Step 3 - Attach Sides

Place the 24x46-inch panel flat on your work surface. This will be the base of your bin. Position one of the 24x24-inch pieces as the right side to your bin, holding it upright at a 90-degree angle against the base. Secure the side panel to the bottom with screws, drilling starter holes if needed. Follow the same process with the left side panel.

Step 4 - Finish the Box

Now you’ll want to attach your two 24x48-inch panels for the front and the back, to finish your base box structure. Again, use your drill and screws to secure the back to the base and side panels, and then repeat for the front panel.

Step 5 - Secure the Lid

Screwing in a hinge

Your remaining piece of plywood, the 48x26 inch board, will be the lid of your bin. Determine where you want to attach your hinges to the back and the lid of the bin and mark the spot with your pencil. These hinges should be equidistant from the edges of the bin to provide a good, even hold.

Use your drill and screws to secure one side of your hinge hardware to the lid of the bin. Then, position the lid over the bin and secure the corresponding parts of the hinges to the back panel.

Step 6 - Paint or Stain

You can leave the wood natural or paint or stain the surface. Smooth out any rough edges on the plywood with your sandpaper and clean off any residual dust or debris. Apply your finish of choice evenly in at least a couple thin coats with a paintbrush. Make sure to allow the paint or stain to dry thoroughly before applying a second coat.

Step 7 - Consider Your Options

Turn the bin over and attach castor wheels to each corner with your drill and screws. Consider using castor wheels that have a brake mechanism because they keep the bin from moving around when you want it to be stationary. If you like, you can place an outdoor cushion on the lid to have this bin double as an outdoor bench. An optional addition is to attach a latch so the lid stays closed and the contents stay safe inside.