Outstanding value, lots of storage space
Before assembly, I stained the cedar with a light green exterior deck stain inside & out that lets the wood grain show through. Also left plenty of time so I didn't mess things up by rushing or taking shortcuts. One or two very minor glitches during assembly (screws too close to each other), but this didn't cause damage that shows or weakens the structure. It should last a long time, looks much more expensive, and was worth the effort.
Love the look and hybrid material design
Just finished assembling this deck box. I took the suggestion of WRUFF in using a red cedar look stain/urethane protection. I used Minwax PolyShades Natural Cherry Satin which stains and protects. I used a fine sandpaper on all the wooden parts before applying any stain. I stained the wood (2 coats) before assembling the box which made the finished product much neater with no chance of getting stain where you don't want it. I left the inside unstained to give it the beautiful cedar smell which
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should also limit and bugs etc. damaging my patio cushions.
The parts fit together extremely well with all the holes matching up very well too. Initial impressions are that it there is little to no chance even small insects can get inside the box - there really are no cracks or poorly fitting joints. The plastic base, top and top ring give the protection where it's needed with the cedar providing the good looks.
I'm confident that this box will last well and due to the additional protection from the stain should still look great for years to come.
I'd definitely recommend this deck box.
Great to sit on and I like the gas struts that help open the lid.
Out of all the storage containers this one was rated the best. I stained the cedar a solid color to match the vinyl windows, it really looks great. The assembly will take awhile but be patient and you will be statisfied with the end result. Since the cedar is soft you have to be careful not to overtighten your screws otherwise you may strip your threads that the wood screw is making in the cedar, make sure the screws are snug just don't Gorilla tighten them. Some of the pre drilled holes in the
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wood were not in line with the holes in the base and top so you may have to elongate the hole in the frames so the screw can line up with the hole in the wood. The cedar tongue and grove planks are preassembled with horizontal pine braces. You can easily tighten your wood screws into the pine braces but the four corners of your top lid and bottom base are anchored into cedar, go easy when tightening your corners, the cedar isn't as strong as the pine. After staining it took about 3 or 4 hours to assemble. I did not use power tools for fear of stripping my wood threads. Very happy with the product, will see in time how it holds up.
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