The Free Things Box is a freebie box in the front yard of the house for recycling small, still useful objects. Many people have a lot of stuff that's still in good order and don't' want to throw it away. The Free Things Box (FTB) is a raised box on 4 legs that contains small gifts for people living in the same street or neighborhood. You can arrange with residents of the street that they can also put freebies in the box. This idea is not new. In the US the 'give away' culture is more common than in Europe. There are Little Free Libraries (book vitrines in front of the house) and the Free Liberty Box. More people become aware to keep things out of the trash and from the landfill. Repair Café's are also participating in this change of mindset, to give things a longer life.
The front side of the Free Things Box has a window for a quick look. The opening of the box is at the top side. A sloping lid can be closed at night time to avoid unwanted guests. Because the FTB is near the house you can keep an eye on it. The system is easy, first come first served with no selection who gets things.
There are 3 rules:
- Only open during daytime
- Take only things you can use
- Take 1 thing at a time.
Step 1: The building plan
The bottom, the 2 sides and the backside are cut out of a 1.2 mm or 0.5 inch thick multiplex board. The size of that board is 61 cm by 122 cm or 2 foot by 4 foot. With measurements in the building plan can draw it on the board. Cut the parts out and sand the end face. In the video you saw that the bottom is 0.5 cm or 0.2 inch higher than the sides. This creates a drip edge for the rain. The construction of the bottom, sides and back is easy. Only 2 things; use construction glue and put small nails in to keep the parts in place before pre-drilling and screwing in.