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dudeiy 10-10-2013 02:07 PM

Storage shed for my trash cans
First of all, apologies if this is not in the right place. Please let me know.

I am a complete novice when it comes to anything related to home repair, carpentry, etc. I am not handy in any way, and have never had any experience.

I am looking to improve, and one of the projects I have decided I want to tackle is a storage shed for my trash cans. I have two, 96-gallon (the WM ones) tall bins that have to basically reside out in front of my house.

I'm looking to build something with a shingled, lift open roof (for dropping bags into the cans) and two front doors for when I need to take the trash/recycling out to the end of the driveway.

I have a jig saw, hammer, electric screw driver, tape measure, and level. Can I build what I want with this collection of tools? What should I be buying for materials, etc?

Any advice at all is appreciated. Thanks!

big juicy01 10-10-2013 10:11 PM

Circular saw wouldn't hurt.

joecaption 10-11-2013 05:09 AM

With your limited resources you may want to consider another option.

oberkc 10-11-2013 06:00 AM

I have come to the conclusion that one can build almost anything with a limited supply of tools, if given enough time and patience. Having said this...

a) I agree that a circular saw would be a nice addition. I would probably grow tired of making cuts with a jig saw.
b) I would probably want a drill. I can see wanting to make some holes at some point in such a project.
c) I suspect I would miss a few hand tools, such as wrenches, pliers, screw drivers, tin snips.
d) Where are you going to put this shed? Might you need a shovel for some site preparation?

cyberknight 10-11-2013 06:12 AM

I have a couple of these boxes by Suncast. Similar to Rubbermaid.

dudeiy 10-11-2013 08:32 AM

Thanks for all the feedback. I found reconditioned mitre saws on google that are cheap that I could pick up. Wouldn't these be better for making the angled cuts? I've never understood why people would use a circular saw over a mitre saw. Seems like it would be really hard to make accurate cuts without the guides and such on the mitre.

This little shed is going outside next to my "stairs" (really just a concrete platform). The previous homeowners just threw down rocks around the driveway to make a side driveway and a little extension of the driveway... so the place this is going is going to be on rocks. I figured once I had it built I would just level it out with some concrete blocks or something.

bbo 10-11-2013 08:35 AM

awfully hard to cut sheet goods ( plywood) with a mitre saw.

circular saw is much more portable.

mitre saw is great for what it does.

really two different tools, but the circular saw can make angled cuts as needed. mitre saw is for when you really need the angles to be closer to exact than a circ saw can do.

ratherbefishing 10-11-2013 10:50 AM

You can make the cuts using a jig saw and a guide. Use a speed square on the 2x4s and a very straight 2x4 and two clamps for the sheet goods. But a circular saw will be much faster and cut straighter. Also easier to hurt yourself, so be sure to use it correctly. I'd add a chalk line to the list of tools, too. SO much easier to make a straight line. Ya know what? Pick up a framing square, too.

MattDart 02-17-2014 10:15 PM

Depending on where you are looking, you can get materials for the walls of the shed as well as handles for the lid, etc quite easily. All that needs to be done is to put them together well. Since it's a bin storage, ventilation might be a good idea, and for those you'll need something to cut vents with.

bcgfdc3 02-18-2014 02:44 AM

If you know the measurements going in, a lot of the box stores will make the long cuts on the sheet goods (plywood, OSB, etc.) for you.

ron45 02-26-2014 03:42 AM

Let the man Ron Hazelton show you how.

The best DIY'er compound miter saw for the money. You can get it at harbor freight.


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