Custom Built

When you can’t find want you want, custom-build it!

I know I have talked about necessity being the mother of invention in the past,  but it couldn’t have held more true with my last project.

I had been searching online for a deck box to store our yard games, grilling necessities, and the like.  I didn’t really think I was asking for much.  Just a quality box made out of wood that would last.

Apparently that is further out of reach than I expected.  Almost every deck box I found looked cheap or had terrible reviews.  Since I couldn’t find what I wanted, I just decided to make one. That way I was going to get EXACTLY what I wanted. (That is the whole point of customization, right?)

I started my list of requirements.

– 4′ long, 18″ deep (necessary to not impede traffic flow) and about 20″ tall to allow for a good amount of storage but to also double as extra seating.

-watertight but not airtight (this one was a little trickier, but they are not mutually exclusive).  More on that later.

-outdoor quality lumber to hold up for years

-unique hardware

-a finish that blends with my house trim.

I had my dimensions figured out, so next, I needed to pick my material.  I settled on a mahogany decking material.  It holds up in weather, and with a coat of stain, I could match it to the trim on the house.

I constructed each of the side panels and the lid from the mahogany decking.  I attached everything to a cedar frame and added a pressure treated plywood bottom and the inside surfaces.  To the base, I attached an additional cedar frame with furniture glides screwed into the bottom to keep the whole thing from sitting in water on the deck.

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Finally, I needed to address the watertight-but-not-airtight situation.   I want the contents to stay dry, but sealing them in an airtight box can lead to mold and mildew.  I solved the problem by drilling 1 1/4″ holes in the bottom.  This will allow for air to circulate, but rain will not get in.  To keep bugs and other pests out, I covered the holes with screening and caulked the edges of the screen down for a nice seal.

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I finished the box off with some wrought iron door handles with an exterior finish.

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I am in love with the finished product.  It has already endured multiple thunderstorms and stayed dry inside.  Like I always say, if you can’t find what you want, custom build!!

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Hold My Wine, I’ve Got This…

Amy

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