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Would you enjoy having a safe place to store a few tools such as a trowel, weed puller, and hand cultivator right in the garden?  This handy box is for you.  When completed and mounted, you can store your tools in a water tight box right where you use them.

This project can be made from two 1” X 12” by 6 foot boards.  I used pine, but you can use cedar or cypress if you can find it that wide.  You will also need two sets of 1 1/2 “ hinges, a hook latch, a 1 1/2” X 1 1/2” by 6 foot post to mount the box on, and, optionally, two 3 inch hooks and two 5 inch hooks to hang from the bottom of the box for larger tools to hang from. No 8. X 1 1/2 inch deck screws and 16 gauge 1 1/4” finish brads complete your supply list.

You will need to cut the boards into the following pieces:

  • 2 sides 3/4” X 11” X 11 3/8 “
  • 1 floor 3/4” X 11 “ X 14 1/2 “
  • 1 back of the box 3/4” X 6 3/4” 14 1/2”
  • 1 front support 3/4” X 1 1/4” X 14 1/2”
  • 1 front roof 3/4” X 4 3/8” X 19”
  • 1 rear roof 3/4” X 11” X 19”
  • 2 doors 3/4” X 7 7/8” X 8”
  • 1 base mount 3/4” X 1 1/2 “ X 12”
  • 2 post mounts 3/4 X 3 X 12”

The first thing you have to do is cut the sides of the project for the slope of the peaked roof.  Measure up one side 7 1/4 inches.  Draw a line from there to the top opposite corner.  Measure 9 3/4 inches up that line toward the corner.  Draw an arc from your mark to each edge.  This arc should be small.  Draw a line from the place where the arc crosses the two edges of the board.  This should be a 45 degree line from the top of the side.

Now cut along the longer line, then cut off the corner using the second line.  Do this on both sides. 

Butt the sides to the edges of the floor.  Fasten them to each other using the deck screws.  Make sure the cut edges both face the same way when you fasten them.

Fasten the rear support to the back of the box.  Place the front support between the front of the sides and secure.  The back of the box has the long slope cut, the front of the box has the 45 degree cut.

Put the front doors on with the hinges.  You can mortise a hinge spot for them or you can just attach the hinges, whichever you prefer. Attach the hook latch to the front of the doors.

You are now ready to put on the roof.  Before you do that, you need to bevel the edges of the rook boards so the roof won’t leak.  To do this, set the table saw at an 18 degree angle.  Bevel one edge of the rear roof board so that the widest face remains 6 3/4 inches.  Then set the table saw at a 27 degree angle and bevel one edge of the front roof board so that its finished width on one face remains 1 1/4 inch.    Then nail on the rear roof board with the bevel facing forward.

Now finish the box by applying the front roof board.  Make sure the bevel is at the back so it matches the bevel on the rear roof bevel.

Now build the post mount assembly.  Nail the base mount to the two post mounts.  Mount securely on the post.  Then nail the box onto the mount.  If desired, you can hang a 3 inch hook and a 5 inch hook from each post mount to hold heavier tools such as a shovel or rake.

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