Garbage & Recycle Storage

This week definitely did not go the way I wanted it to! I originally planned to build a privacy wall on my deck only to realize the wood I picked up was the wrong length. However, I believe in making the best of any situation no matter how frustrating it is. I introduce to you , plan B – Garbage storage. I had planned to build this in the near future. We are currently planning to get our front steps poured and our current location of the garbage and recycle bins would no longer be able to sit there. Also, not to mention, I wasn’t a fan of them next to our front steps to great our guests first thing!

My apologies for not having images for each step! I’d love to learn how to use sketch-up but if I am being honest, this project was so last minute and I just winged the build! So if you’d like to see a visual of the steps, please feel free to visit my instagram where I have this build saved as a highlight!

*My rough “sketch-up” drawing ha!*


  • 4 – 4x4x8 Cedar
  • 4 – 2x4x8 Cedar
  • 22 – 1x6x6 Cedar fence board (cut into slats)
  • 8 – 1x6x8 Cedar Fence board(cut into slats)
  • 6 – 1x2x4
  • Exterior Spray Paint
  • Stain
  • Brad Nails
  • Kreg Jig
  • 2in Pocket Hole Screws
  • Wood glue

Cut List:

  • 4X4s cut to desired height (I Cut ours to 4 feet)
  • 2 – 2x4x8s cut to 38in (4 pieces total)
  • 2 – 2x4x8s cut to 63in
  • 2 – 1x6x6s cut to 72in with 45 degree mitred ends ripped to 4 3/4in.
  • 2 – 1x6x6s cut to 45in with 45 degree mitred ends ripped to 4 3/4in.
  • 2 – 1x6x6s cut to 72in with 45 degree beveled ends
  • 4 – 1x5x6s cut to 45in with 45 degree beveled ends
  • 6 – 1×2 cut to 36in
  • 2 – 1x6x6 cut to 38in
  • 1 – 1x6x6 cut to 63in
  • 1x6x6 cut to desired slat thickness (will determine how many fit – I was able to use 6 slat on the top and 7 on the bottom) (back)
  • 1x6x8 cut into desired slat thickness (sides)

Step 1

I am going to do my best explaining this as I am better at visually explaining so bear with me! Ha! If you are a visual learner like I am, feel free to check out my instagram with the saved highlight.

First, take all the 2x4s and make pocket holes on each end. These pocket holes will be used to attach them to the 4×4 posts and create the main structure. I also used wood glue to add extra strength. Now depending on your disposal bins, you may need to adjust the measurement.

Step 2

Attach the 1x6x6 that were cut with beveled edges to create a finished exterior edge to hide the joints between 4x4s and 2x4s to both the top and the bottom of the structure. Secure with Wood glue and brad nails.

Step 3

Attach the 1x6x6 boards that were cut with a mitred edge and place on the top, lining each corner up like a picture frame. This will create a nice finished top that will hide the top of the 4x4s and 2x4s. Secure with wood glue and brad nails.

Step 4

Attach the 1×2 to the insides of each post. These will be used to attach the slats and have them inset. I inset mine from the outer edge 7/8 in. Attach with wood glue and brad nails. Once attached, nail on the 1x6x6 boards cut at 38in and 63in (make sure to measure between all the 4×4 posts to ensure these measurement will work. I was working with slightly warped 4x4s so before cutting these 1x6x6s, make sure to check your measurements). These can be places centred or slightly off. I placed them slightly high so the top section was slightly smaller for personal aesthetics.

Step 5

Spray Paint the frame black (Or desired colour or stain)

Step 6

Attach the slats. Again, these can be ripped down to any size! I randomly ripped down sizes as I preferred a varying slat sizes and a random pattern. You can use wood glue and brad nails but I used only brad nails incaseI needed to replace any slats due to warping or slipping. Stain or paint the wood as desired.

And you’re finished! We will attach ours to concrete stones with PL premium but for the sake of showing the final project, we just place it on the stones for now.

If you learn visually like me, feel free to visit my Instagram to watch the tutorial saved in a highlight! Also, feel free to comment with any questions you may have or if I missed a explaining a step! Cheers!


jenna xoxo

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