This easy-to-build trash can corral provides a long-lasting option for disguising your trash cans.

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      NOTE: Be sure to pre-drill holes before inserting screws and bolts to help ensure that the wood will not split.

      Top view of trash can corral
    1. Check your state and local building codes for any requirements or restrictions in your area. Check with your local utilities for locations of underground cable, gas, water or sewer lines.
    2. After you have determined how deep you must embed your support posts (consult your local building codes), cut four 4 x 4's to that height plus 4 feet (the support posts will extend 4 feet above ground level).
    3. Dig four post holes - the front two approximately 45" apart (on center) and the back two parallel to the first two and approximately 21" from the front two holes (on center). Floor Substructure
    4. Pour crushed gravel into the bottom of all four holes to help with drainage. Place a 4 x 4 post into each hole and back fill with dirt making sure the posts are plumb and square as you fill each hole. The front posts should be 48" apart - from outside to outside. The back posts should be 48" apart and 24" from the front posts - outside to outside.
    5. For the flooring:
      • Cut two 2 x 4's to 41".
      • Cut three 2 x 4's to 21".
      • Cut four 2 x 4's to 48".
      Flooring
    6. Measure 6" up from the ground on all four posts and attach one 41" 2 x 4 in between the front two posts and the other 41" 2 x 4 in between the back corner posts. Use two screws at each joint.
    7. Attach two of the 21" 2 x 4's inside the corner posts from front to back. Use two screws at each joint.
    8. Attach the remaining 21" 2 x 4 in the center between the two 41" 2 x 4's. Use two screws at each joint.
    9. To finish the floor, attach the 48" 2 x 4's (4 pieces) to the braces using two screws at each joint. You will need to notch out two of the floorboards to fit around the corner posts.
    10. Cut two pieces of lattice to 24" x 42" and one piece to 48" x 42".
    11. Attach the 48" x 42" piece of lattice to the front of the frame nailing it into the 4 x 4 corner posts. Front view
    12. Attach the two 24" x 42" pieces of lattice to each side of the frame nailing them into the 4 x 4 corner posts.
    13. Cut two 1 x 4's to 50" long and two 1 x 4's to 42" long. Cut a 45° miter at each of the ends of the 1 x 4's.
    14. Making sure that the four pieces form a perfect rectangle, attach each of the 1 x 4's to the corner posts using screws. The 50" long pieces will create the top and bottom and the 42" long pieces will create the sides - perfectly framing the lattice.
    15. For the two sides you will need to repeat the above procedure (Step 14) for each side using the following materials:
      • Two pieces of lattice cut to 24" x 42".
      • Four 1 x 4's cut to 42" with 45° miter cuts at each end.
      • Four 1 x 4's cut to 25" with 45° miter cuts at each end.
      Side view
    16. Finally, you will want to protect your project by applying a water repellent or a stain with a water repellent to ensure a long life for your new trash can corral.

    Materials List
    (2) 4" x 4" x 10' treated post
    (1) 4' x 8' treated lattice
    (4) 1" x 4" x 12' treated boards
    (4) 2" x 4" x 8' treated lumber
    Manufacturer-recommended nails (as required)

    Cutting List
    (4) 4" x 4" x 5' post
    (3) 2" x 4" x 21" floor brace
    (2) 2" x 4" x 41" floor brace
    (4) 2" x 4" x 48" flooring
    (2) 24" x 42" lattice
    (1) 48" x 42" lattice
    (2) 1" x 4" x 50" with 45° bevel
    (6) 1" x 4" x 42" with 45° bevel
    (4) 1" x 4" x 25" with 45° bevel

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