This past weekend was one that won’t ever “bee” forgotten, haha. We picked up our first set of bee colonies. These two colonies where unplanned Nuc’s, that were left over from a local supplier, that knew I was willing to take on more colonies this season. The original order I placed, won’t be available until mid-late May, so we would still be waiting for them to come in. Keep an eye out for the Bee Diaries, and where we will share the full story. Well, back to the day-to-day of what Mr. and Mrs. LMB is about here at The White Cottage Farm. Fun and easy DIY projects and decor inspiration. Today, we are sharing a really basic and easy build, with little curve ball. We build a box with a top that doesn’t hinge, but slides off. Here is how it turned out…
Start with hollow square frames. The square measurements are 36″ x 24″ each, and you will be stacking these on top of one another. Next, cut to fit, a bottom using sanded plywood.
To ensure the stacked frames don’t move on you I cut a scrap 1×3 piece of pine to 12″ and screwed them in at each corner. This will provide a guide for the boxes to stay aligned, as well as provide a solid corner to screw into.
Next install the side walls. The wall will surpass the top, this will provide our channel on each side for the lid to slide in and out. The top passes flush by 1 inch. Accounting for the 3/4 thickness of the sliding board, this allow for a 1/4 inch gap to slide.
We will still flush across the slide channel cover board, This will prevent the slide top to be pulled upwards, only allowing for it to open by sliding. Also, glue and nail in place the center portion of the top. There will be a slight difference between the center of the top an the channel covers on each side, I used a belt sander to minimize the difference while also giving a worn flush look.
We put this on our porch and are going to use it for outdoor pillow or throw storage. The past few months we have received some pretty nasty wind storms here in Michigan, thankfully nothing more than a few porch spindles that needed replacing, but after a few nights of consecutive games of “where in the heck did that pillow go,” we realized to concede to mother nature and put our “flyables” in a safe place when we know a storm is rolling in.
Well that’s it, quick and easy build that doesn’t break the bank to build. Let us know what you think and we are so excited to continue to share builds, and farm-stuff here on the blog. We did add a new member to our farm family (outside our bee’s). A fun little tractor to help keep things neat around here. We are Deere people now, according to my grandfather, the only way to go. We will share our purchase and review of the tractor after we get it a little dirty. Well until next time, thank you for stopping by, find us on our social media and as always, give grace!
LOVE the trunk and those linens you’re storing it in 🙂
Cute and clever – and I love the paint job!
Great advice to use the scrap 1×3 piece of pine while stacking frames. Looking forward to seeing your 2018 projects!