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How to Build an Outdoor Garbage Can Shed

Keep the raccoons and other rascals out of your garbage cans by building a handy shed that can easily hold 3 32-gallon, 22-inch diameter trash cans.


  • Step 1: Lay out a rectangular frame for the roof using the six roof deck boards, with the four shorter deck boards acting as crosspieces between the two 80-inch rail boards. Cover the deck board frame with plywood siding and screw it down. Attach the roof to the top of the shed with six door hinges.
  • TIP: Start at the bottom and work your way up when siding.
  • Step 2: Lay out a rectangular frame for the doors using the seven door deck boards, with the five shorter deck boards serving as cross pieces between the two 80-inch rail boards. Cover the deck board frame with plywood siding and screw it in. Cut the door into four equal-sized sections. When making the cuts, cut parallel to the short deck boards.
  • Step 3: Construct two bi-fold doors by attaching each pair of door sections to each other with two 30-inch piano hinges. Attach each bi-fold door to the shed with two door hinges.
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  • Step 4: Place your trash cans in the shed. Now you can store them without neighborhood creatures making a home out of them.
  • Step 5: Cover the sides of the shed with plywood siding. Leave gaps at the bottom and trim the siding so it's flush with the roof line.
  • Step 6: Place the structure on cinder blocks so that it doesn't come into contact with groundwater. Add shims so that it's plumb and level.
  • TIP: The top of the shed is angled to allow rain and snow to run off the roof.
  • Step 7: Use one of the trash cans to determine the distance between the two frame braces. Frame the sides of the bin with the angled 2-by-4s. Attach the base, frame bases, front legs and back legs. Lift the frame up and back it up against a supporting exterior wall.
  • Step 8: Screw two 40-inch 2-by-4s -- one to each of the front legs -- flush with the bottom of the base, with space left at the top for a crosspiece to extend between the two legs. Then. screw on the front crosspiece.
  • Step 9: Mark and cut the angle of the roof on two 2-by-4s; then cut them so they will be the correct height to support the back crosspiece. Screw one of the angled 2-by-4s to each of the back legs, facing in.
  • Step 10: Screw a second 2-by-4 on top of the front crosspiece. This will serve as a rest for the shed's roof.
  • Step 11: Construct the back crosspiece from two 2-by-4s glued and screwed one on top of the other. Screw the crosspiece in place onto the two back support legs, flush with the roof line.
  • : Always use caution when working with power tools and be sure to wear protective eye goggles.

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