Cedar pool deck chest - LOWE'S project

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Project by RangerPMac posted 07-15-2012 12:49 AM 4625 views 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well folks – as a frequent stalker I have finally decided to post a project.

My wife has asked for several years for me to build a storage box for our pool deck. I decided on cedar and started looking for plans. After literally months of looking on and off, I found a very simple plan in the form of a Lowe’s video. I found a local store that would sell me rough cut cedar lumber, purchased a JET planer/jointer combo and let it all sit in my two-car garage for over a year.

Three weeks ago I started milling the lumber and cutting to size. This process probably took me 20+ hours. I spend as much time moving golf clubs and bicycles out of the way as I spend making sawdust…and I’m sloooow :)

I used Kreg pocket hole screw joinery, TiteBond II and brad nails for most of the construction. To my surprise it has become very stable and sturdy. I made a TON of sawdust with my JET jointer/planer and to be honest it was fun!

I recently received General Finishes Outdoor Oil and I intend on finish sanding to 150 grit and giving the oil a try. After I fill braid nail holes first of course.

I really appreciate the skill most here demonstrate with ease and realize I do not have a finished project yet…but I have been biting at the bullet to post something worthy of you and most of my skill is self taught and amateurish.

Thank you for looking and I will post something of the finished chest.


-- Patrick - Katy, Texas

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#1 posted 07-15-2012 12:57 AM

Beautiful looking deck chest. I’ve never used that tongue and groove cedar that they sell, I’m too cheap to buy it. I’ve found myself using 1×4s and doing either a round over or roman ogee side profile and butting them up against each other that way. Gives a nice little decorative joint. I can imagine with how you put it together, you could put a car on top of it. Looks incredibly strong and well built!

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#2 posted 07-15-2012 01:21 AM

Thanks Kelen. Hopefully all of the rain has left you dry. You guys got hammered this week.

I will start on the lid if it is not raining tomorrow and then apply the finish.

-- Patrick - Katy, Texas

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#3 posted 07-23-2012 03:15 AM

That’s a great project, I have needed to make one for a while now, and i have seen that video as well. Don’t worry about all the sawdust, that is part of the fun. If you have a fireplace, you can mix the saw dust and some wax to make handy little fire starters. use your favorite search engine and look for “sawdust fire starters”, they usually work really well.

Just my 2 little pennies of knowledge.

-- As my wife says... "measure once, cut twice, got it"

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#4 posted 09-04-2012 01:09 AM

Finally got to finish the box! I got a little sidetracked with college for my daughter and vacations.

Anyway, applied the GF Outdoor Oil and was really impressed with the product. AND their customer service is amazing. I sanded to 100 and left a bit of a roughness to it. The only regret is maybe the two lids. I really liked the way the darker colors looked alongside the lighter…but now that it is finished I’m not sure that was a good decision.

I’m starting a custom shelf unit for my daughters dorm room and will post pics as I go along. After that I want to build a jewelry cabinet for my wife. Something I can mount to the wall.

Thanks for looking!


-- Patrick - Katy, Texas

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#5 posted 10-22-2012 07:27 AM

Solid-looking! I understand your pain about the dark planks on the top, but hey, that’s how we learn! As any antiques seller would put it (an I bet they will next century when this chest will be an antique): “that’s not a flaw, that’s character!”

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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