Custom-build a rustic cupboard for a small courtyard.
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Even small outdoor areas can have scaled-down storage for gardening equipment. This mini shed was customised for a townhouse courtyard. The frame is constructed from butt-joined 70 x 35mm treated pine, with the exterior and shelf linings of inexpensive 100 x 15mm treated pine fence palings.
Set out the side frames
Using a mitre saw, cut the top of the studs and the top end of the rafters at 22.5º. Lay the studs together to mark at 70, 500, 900 and 1300mm and position noggins above the marks, with the rafters at the top, clamping to secure.
Assemble the frame
Drill and counterbore two clearance holes through the studs into the noggins and rafters, securing with 100mm x 14g bugle-head screws. Position the stretchers, secure with a screw between the frame screws, and attach the centre floor joist.
Clad frame with palings
Attach the fence palings to the back of frame, securing with pairs of 32mm x 8g galvanised countersunk screws into the top and base stretchers. Attach the fence palings to the side frames, trimming the tops to match the 22.5º pitch before securing.
Add the floor and shelves
Line the floor with four palings, cutting a 70 x 35mm notch from the corners of the front and rear pieces to fit around the studs. Make the shelves with pairs of fence palings to rest on the noggins and stretchers, with notches cut for the back corners.
Attach the front palings
On the top and base stretchers, mark 140mm in from the edges and secure palings next to the marks with 32mm x 8g galvanised countersunk screws. Position a second paling on the outer overlapping side cladding and cut off overhang with a handsaw.
Make the doors
Butt three palings together, measure 120mm from the top and base and 860mm to the centre to secure three rails with 25mm x 8g screws. Cut the ends at 19º, then secure with screws. Secure from the inside with extra screws.