How to Build a Dog Food Storage Bin


Big, bulky dog food bags can become a hassle in your closet or garage. If you live in an area where there are skunks and raccoons, these large and insecure paper bags might prove to be more temptation than you want. If you keep your dog food inside a closet or cupboard in your house, you'd probably appreciate having an easier storage method. For security from rodents and pests and easy packing, a dog food storage container is ideal. Building a storage bin is relatively simple.

Things You'll Need

  • Circular or jig saw
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Framing square
  • Drill with bits
  • Screwdriver
  • Sandpaper
  • Dust mask
  • Goggles
  • Sharpie pen
  • 1 by 20 pine board (1 8-foot board)
  • 1 by 20 pine board (1 4-foot board)
  • Wood glue
  • Wooden ball feet (4)
  • Pair of heavy brass hinges


Cut your wood. You need: Sides A and B (15 1/4 inches by 20 inches of pine board) Sides C and D (15 1/4 inches by 18 1/2 inches of pine board) Bottom (18 1/2 inches by 18 1/2 inches of pine board) Top sides 1 and 2 (3 inches by 20 inches of pine board) Top sides 3 and 4 (3 inches x 18 inches of pine board) Label these pieces for ease of construction during your building process.

Construct the body of the box, made of sides A, B, C and D. Apply the wood glue to the edges of each piece to glue them together. As the glue sets, use the nails to secure the assembly.

Glue the bottom onto the box. Run wood glue around the edges and slide the bottom into the box, moving in from the bottom opening so you don't smear glue along the height of the box. Use nails to secure the bottom of the box, as you did with the sides.

Build the top out of pieces 1, 2, 3 and 4. Construct the top using the same process you did in Step 2.

If you require feet on your storage bin, install them on the bottom. Drill four holes in the bottom, 1 1/4 inch from the edges. Install the feet using the screws, per manufacturer directions.

Put your top on the box, and use screws to install the two hinges. The hinges should be equal distances from their respective edges.

Sand the entire box to prevent splintering. Stain or paint the outside of your storage bin as desired.

Tips & Warnings

  • For additional lid security, install a chain that holds the lid when the storage bin is open.
  • Never use treated wood, as the chemicals may be toxic to your dog.

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