So, I'm back and of course I need some help planning out a project. I feed cubes to my horse. There compressed alfalfa cubes that I store in a rubbermade type outdoor storage bin.
Well, I got another horse and I need more storage. I always wanted to build my own bins and now it's time to figure out the best design that will fit my needs. Currently the bin I have only holds 2 1/2 weeks of feed so I have to go twice a month to the cuber.
As winter comes prices go up so I'm hoping to build these storage bins and buy more while the prices are good. If I have good luck with the first one I build then I'm planing to build more and stock up for winter if possible.
Here's the bin I am currently using. Notice the red straps holding the front doors closed. It can hold 700lbs of cubes but those straps are the only thing keeping all the sides together and the front doors closed.
I want to build two "bins" out of wood that are about the same size or a little bigger. The bigger the better as far as storing more cubes but I have to make sure it can handle the stress of so much weight packed inside.
Can you help me with a design I can build? I would need it built on skids so it's off the ground just in case it rains hard and so I can drag it with the quad if I want to move it latter. The cubes can't get wet or they will start to mold so rain proofing is a big priority. I like the hinged lid top and I wouldn't need the doors on the front, I don't use them. I would build the lid more slopped so the rain runs off better, the current bin lid has a "dent" that gathers rain because it's barely slopped and I'm sure someone sat on it at some point.
I would need them no taller then an average sized tail gate when put down. I usually go get a load of cubes in the back of my truck, back it up to the bin and shovel/push them out into the bin below.
I will get measurements on my current bin today, the poor thing is about to explode its so full of cubes and during the summer it got so hot it started distorting the plastic under all that stress. lol
Please let me know any ideas you might have or any help you can give me. I don't know where to start on this so if you know of some free plans for something like this please let me know. I kinda need a plan to go from and a parts list of what kind of meterial/wood to buy.
I'm just affraid I would build it and forget to reenforce something or use the wrong wood and it collapses or the sides pop off. lol