Building a Garbage Shed for Less Than $100 Using Scrap Wood

About a month ago, Miklos got sick of the tiny width of our driveway.  He went hog-wild and tore down the fence between our driveway and our neighbour’s house.  He used that for a project and then had a bunch of scrap wood left over.

On the same rampage, he took our old metal garbage shed to the scrapyard.  The thing was lousy and made a cringe-worthy metal-on-metal scraping sound when you opened its doors, so no harm done except for one problem: Every windy day, I would wake up to our garbage bins clattering around the stone patio.

When he told me he was going to build a garbage shed out of the scrap wood from the fence, we both envisioned Homer’s spice rack.

It turned out we were both wrong, but I’m convinced that we’d have built something of that caliber if I were involved.

He used:

  • Approximately seven 2x2s
  • Hinges/handles shed kit which neither of us knew existed
  • Shingles
  • Roofing nails
  • Wood nails
  • Retractable knife with hook blades
  • Barrel bolt set because he didn’t like the lock that came in the shed kit
  • This idea


side panels shed garbage shed side panels

He built side panels first, starting from scratch with the wood boards he had left from the fence. I don’t know many people who are good with computers and also good with making things, but Miklos is one of them.

Before long, that garbage wood became a garbage shed:

scrap wood from a fence

(By the way, do you know how much fun it was on a freezing cold day ripping every nail out of these boards? You should try it!)

Yay! It rained! And it’s shingled!

It’s a vast improvement from the hunk of metal which once sat in that spot. Not bad for a programmer. What do you think?

About Nikki

I've been writing since I was in kindergarten where I Crayola-markered an epic tale of a tiger and a balloon on a stack of lined papers folded into a booklet and stapled along the edge (carefully, and by my teacher). I love DIY, sewing, folksy music, animals and getting out to look at and listen to nature.
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