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Create a stylish way to store outdoor décor with this slatted deck box. While creating the louvered look may seem complicated, I’m here to tell you, it’s as simple as tilting the slats. Even better, assembly requires little more than a saw, drill, and a Kreg Jig. I recently just switched from the Kreg Jig R3 to the K4 (check out my video about the K4), but you can use either.

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Cost: $120 (for cedar, but you could select a less expensive option)

Time: 6 hours

Difficulty: Easy. The faux louvers may look difficult, but tilting the slats is actually very simple.

Miter Saw

Drill/Driver

Kreg Jig

Kreg Jig Right Angle Clamp

(4) 2 x 2 x 3′ Balusters – to make the Legs and Dividers

(21) 1 x 3 x 8′ Boards – to make the Slats, Rails, and Floor Boards

(1) 1 x 2 x 8′ Board – to make the Cleats

1 ¼ inch Kreg Jig Pocket Hole Screws

1 ¼ inch Wood Screws to attach the Cleats

Wood Glue

(3) Hinges

Lid Support Hinge

2 x 2 Legs – 4 @ 20 inches

2 x 2 Stiles – 2 @ Cut to Size

1 x 3 Rails (Front and Back) – 6 @ 45½ inches

1 x 3 Rails (Sides) – 8 @ 16¼ inches

1 x 3 Slats (Front and Back) – 20 @ 22 inches

1 x 3 Slats (Sides) – 10 @ 16¼ inches

1 x 2 Cleats – 2 @ 45½ inches

1 x 3 Floor Boards – 18 @ 17¾ inches

1 x 3 Lid (Front and Back) – 2 @ 50 inches

1 x 3 Lid (Sides) – 2 @ 15 inches

1 x 3 Lid (Interior) – 6 @ 45 inches

 

Steps

 

1. Cut the Parts

 

Using the cut list above, cut the 2 x2 legs and 1 x 3 boards to length.
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www.Build-Basic.com2. Prep the Slats

Using a Kreg Jig, drill two pocket holes in the ends of each of the Rails and Slats.

Tip: Check out my new tutorial on How to use Kreg Jig’s K4 featured in this tutorial.

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3. Position the First Slat

Mark a line ½ inch from the face of the Front/Right Leg. Make a second mark 2½ inches from the board’s top edge. Now position the end of a 22-inch-long Slat on the Leg, as shown, so that its top edge rests on the crosshair of the two lines, and the bottom edge tilts forward flush with the front edge of the Leg.
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4. Attach the First Slat

Using a Kreg Right Angle Clamp, secure the Slat in place on the Leg. Using a drill/driver, drive 1¼-inch pocket-hole screws through the holes in the Slats and into the Leg.
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5. Continue Attaching the Slats

 

Place the next Slat below the first, angling it in the same way. Place the clamp in the pocket hole to hold the Slat in place. Secure the Slat with screws. Secure three additional Slats, for a total of five tilted Slats. Repeat this process to assemble the left side of the box’s front.
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6. Measure and Cut the Divider

 

Place a 2 x 2 against the unattached ends of the 1×3’s. Mark the top and bottom of the “panel” on the 2 x 2 Divider, and then cut it to length.
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7. Attach the Divider

 

Mark the ½ inch recess line on the divider. Clamp a set of Slats against it, and then secure them with pocket-hole screws.
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8. Assemble the Panels

 

Lay the assembled slatted panels face down on the work surface. Clamp the Divider to the table. Drive pocket-hole screws through the Slats in the unattached panel to secure it to the Divider between them.
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9. Prep the Rails

 

Dry fit the doubled-up upper Rail and the lower Rail between the Legs. Mark the location of the Divider on each Rail. Next, drill pocket holes through the thickness of each board so that the screws will run through the Rails and into the ends of the Divider.
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10. Install the Rails

 

Position the face of the top Rail flush with top edge and face of the Leg. Secure the Rail to each leg using pocket-hole screws.
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11. Attach the Rail to the Divider

 

Drive screws through the Rail and into the Divider.
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12. Double-up the Top Rail

 

To create a thicker top edge when the box is open, apply a bead of wood glue to the installed Rail, and then lay a second Rail against it. Attach the Rail to both Legs and the Divider. Lastly, install the bottom Rail against the underside of the lowest Slats and flush with the face of the Legs. .
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13. Add the Cleat

 

Apply glue to the backside of the 1 x 2 Cleat, and then position it in place on the bottom Rail. Place a spacer block between the Cleat and the bottom Slat–this spacing will allow the floor slats to set on the Cleats below the Slats and Divider. Drive 1¼-inch wood screws through the cleat and into the Rail to hold the Cleat in place.
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14. Add the Side Rails and Slats

 

Attach the side Rails and Slats to the Legs using 1¼-inch pocket screws. Make sure to keep the top and bottom Rails flush with the face of the Leg, while tilting the 5 slats between them. On the Slats where the clamp won’t reach, clamp the Leg to the table and firmly hold the Slat in place while securing.
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15. Assemble and Add the Back Panels

 

Following Steps 2-13, assemble the back of the box. Mark the ½-inch recess line on backside each Leg. Set the assembled front wall and sides onto the back.
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16. Attach the Sides to the Back

 

One by one, adjust the Slats using the lines on the Legs as a guide, and then screw them into place.
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17. Double the Side Rails

 

Apply glue to the inside of the top and bottom Side Rails. Place a second Rail against each boards, and then screw it to the Legs using pocket-screws.
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18. Insert the Floor Boards

 

Place the Floor Boards into the assembled box.
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19. Position the Floor Boards

 

Rest the ends of each Floor Board on the 1 x 2 Cleats. Angle the Board, and then twist it tightly into place. Once complete, the Slats should set tightly together with little gapping.
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20. Layout the Lid Pieces

 

On a flat surface, lay out the Lid pieces. On the perpendicular boards, look at the end grain of each board and attempt to alternate the direction the boards’ “cup” (moon-shape of the grain).
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21. Assemble the First Pieces

 

Drill pocket holes in the ends of the interior boards and end boards. Drill additional pocket holes along the interior joints every 8-10 inches. Apply glue to the end of each Side Board, and then clamp and screw them to the Front Board.
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22. Assemble the Lid Boards

 

Continue attaching the Interior Boards using clamps, wood glue and 1¼-inch pocket-hole screws. When the Lid is complete, flip the assembly over, and then sand the surface smooth.
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23. Attach the Lid

 

Using a drill/driver, add three hinges to the underside of the lid and to the top edge of the back of the Box. Add additional lid support hinges, if desired.
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19 thoughts on “Build a DIY Outdoor Storage Box

  1. Charles Berkel

    Regarding the plan for the outdoor storage box, when you give a dimension of 2 X 2 is this actual or is it 1 1/2 X 1 1/2 ?

    When you say 1 X 3 is it 3/4 by 2 1/2 ?

    It looks like a lot of screws in the dividers – Do I have to worry about the wood splitting?

    I thought about making this with white oak and using actual measurements but think it may end up too heavy. Cedar would be a possibility but would have to use 1″ decking wood glued together to make the 2 X 2 or else plane down a 4 X 4. What would you suggest?

    Thank you.

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  2. Art Wilson

    I just love your outdoor storage box. I do wish you would have identified the finished dimensions of the demonstrated project.

    I would like to build one of these that’s 2.5 x 2.5 x 7 feet but am having difficulty determining what I need and what my cut list would be. (Just bought my first Kreg Jig and love it…I built and installed two drawers).

    Any help is appreciated.
    Thanks

    Arthur (newbie)

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