Barn Door Bin Hideaway

Install a sliding screen to conceal wheelie bins in the backyard.

Barn Door Bin Hideaway

The bin area can be the one spot in the yard everyone wants to stay clear of, but installing a screen can be the perfect solution for keeping the waste bins concealed.

This screen consists of a stationary panel, which is secured to the pergola and pavers, and a sliding panel. The sliding panel is attached to the pergola using a barn door kit, which is available from specialist suppliers or online.

The frames for the two panels are made from hard-wearing meranti, and clad with recycled tallowwood, milled from old railway sleepers.

Make the barn doors - cut the housings
Cut the housings
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Cut the two frames and cladding with a sliding compound mitresaw.

Mark housings for half-lap joints and cut shoulders using a circular saw set to 9mm deep.

Make relief cuts and chisel out the waste, smoothing the cheeks.

Assemble the frames
Assemble the frames
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Test-fit the frames, apply adhesive, then drill and countersink pilot holes, temporarily securing the rails, stiles and braces with 8g x 16mm screws.

TIP: Measure the diagonals to ensure the frames are square.

Secure the cladding
Secure the cladding
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Arrange the cladding on the frames from the top down.

Secure the first board, drilling and countersinking clearance holes and securing with screws.

Butt subsequent boards against the previous and secure.

Attach the rail
Attach the rail
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Replace the frame bracing screws with 8g x 25mm screws.

Drill clearance holes through the edge of the reinforcing rail, countersinking holes with a 14mm spade bit.

Secure the rail to the back of the stationary panel.

Secure the sliding panel
Secure the sliding panel
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Clamp the sliding panel into position, and mark the rail location as per the kit’s instructions.

Secure rollers to the panel, and the rail to the beam or wall.

TIP For a masonry wall, use the nylon anchors supplied in the roller kit.

Secure the stationary panel
Secure the stationary panel
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Clamp the stationary panel in position and check for plumb, then secure to the overhead beam using bugle screws through the clearance holes in the reinforcing rail.

Mark the bracket bolt positions on the panel and the patio.

Attach the brackets
Attach the brackets
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Drill holes in the pavers with a hammer drill and masonry bit.

Drill holes from the back of the stationary panel with a 10mm brad-point bit.

Secure the brackets to the panel using cuphead bolts and to the pavers with Dynabolts.

 
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