How to Build an Outdoor Recycling Center

Add shelter and organization for recycling and waste bins with a recycling center made from basic building materials.

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Assemble Floor Surface

Create a solid floor surface for bins to sit on from 4x8-foot sheet of paint-grade, pressure-treated plywood. First, mark the plywood to size with the same dimensions as the base. Next, place plywood on the table saw, starting the blade along the marked edge (image 1). Slowly and steadily guide plywood across blade until fully cut (image 2). Place newly cut plywood on top of the frame (image 3), and secure with 2-inch exterior screws using a drill.

Assemble Panels

Cut 8-foot long pressure-treated 2x4-inch boards the same depth as the base, and attach along the bottom with 2-inch exterior screws. This will elevate the base two inches above the ground, which will provide protection. Next, place level on top of floor surface ensuring an even, level fit (image 1). Measure and cut frames for side and rear panels by marking 2x2-inch pressure-treated pine to size, cutting with a chop saw and assembling with glue and 2-inch exterior screws (image 2). Position them on top of the base, and use a 1/4-inch drill bit to create pilot holes along the top, center and bottom of side-panel frames and into rear-panel frames. Once pilot holes are drilled, firmly attach the side-panel frames and rear-panel frames with 2-inch exterior screws (image 3).

Assemble Roof Structure

Use a yardstick to mark two pieces on a 1-inch by 10-foot long plank of pressure-treated pine at a 45-degree angle at the same measurement as the depth of the recycling center (image 1). Mark a third piece 1 inch shorter in width than the first two. Following the angled mark, cut three pieces from pressure-treated pine plank using a circular saw (image 2). Place the angled pieces side by side to ensure they're even. Mark and cut the remaining length of the pressure-treated pine plank with the same dimension as the overall width of the recycling center. Place two angled pieces perpendicular to each end, and use a drill bit to create pilot holes to attach the long piece to the two angled pieces. Add wood glue along the edges of all three pieces (image 3). Place two angled pieces perpendicular to the long piece, and attach to one another with 2-inch exterior screws into the pilot holes (image 4). Attach the third angled piece (one inch shorter in depth than the other two) with 2-inch exterior wood screws to the back of the long piece (image 5).

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