Learn how to build the framework to support a large plastic bin, and create a fun activity center for your backyard.
Measure the dimensions of your plastic bin. Ours is 32-quarts measuring 23-5/8” x 16-3/8”. To ensure that the lip of the bin will sit on top of the wood frame, use the dimensions of the bin's base which is 22-1/2” x 15”.
The entire frame for this toddler-height activity table can be cut out of two 2x4 boards.
Develop a cut list. To fit the specs of our bin, our cut list is as follows:
• (3) 22-1/2” boards
• (4) 15” boards
• (4) 18” boards
The 10’ board was cut into (3) 22-1/2” pieces, (2) 15” pieces, and (1) 18” piece. The 8’ board was cut into (2) 15” pieces and (3) 18” pieces.
At this point, the frame of your table is ready for use. Check to make sure the bin you have slides into the top opening and sits comfortably on the edge of the frame.
If you want the bin to be inset into the table, this is the most efficient time to route the top edge of the table. Remove the bin and cut a 1/2” x 1/2” ledge into the inside top surface of the table with a router and a rabbet bit.