Assemble the garden box
Tree branch door handles
Make a rustic door handle from a tree branch. Nail the crosspieces to the door with brad nails, then notch the back of the handle so it sits flat on the crosspieces and nail it in place.Photo: Courtesy of We do everything by our own hands
Keep tools and supplies right next to your garden with this small storage house. It only takes a few hours to build, and costs $35 if you use pine or $70 for the rough-sawn cedar we used.
Cut flat, dry 1x12s to the lengths in the Cutting List, available in Additional Information, below. Nail and glue the sides, base and back together, then attach the rafters and gables.
Fasten the shorter roof panel on one side, leaving 7/8-in. overhangs in the front and back. Caulk the top edge, then nail the long panel on.
Cut the hinge mortises into the door and side and hang the door. Stain or paint the wood inside and out to seal it. Use green branches for the handle, nailing them in place.
Figure A: Garden Box Details
Cut all the parts from an 8-ft. 1×12.
Figure A, a Cutting List and a Materials List are available in format in Additional Information below.
Project PDF Files
Click the links below to download the construction drawings, materials list and cutting list for this project.
Required Tools for this Project
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
- Caulk gun
- Circular saw
- Drill bit set
- Drill/driver - cordless
- Framing square
- Wood chisel
- Wood glue