Outdoor Sink

Some of you know that my dad has a place in East Texas that we have been working on.  The property is completely off-grid.  When we go up there, we draw water out of the well and then hold it in a 5 gallon bucket with a spout.  We have had to use valuable table space to set this up, with another 5 gallon bucket below to catch the water.

We’ve decided that we are going to focus on having an outdoor kitchen since cooking inside, without AC would be hot.  One of the first steps was to build an outdoor sink.  This would be something that would be very helpful to us now.

I researched online a little bit and found some examples, but there weren’t as many as I would have liked.  One of the purposes of this post is to put up another example for someone in the future to look at.

I’m not a carpenter by far.  But this is my attempt.

I purchased a laundry tub sink from Home Depot and used it without the stands that it comes with.  I also used five 2 x 4’s (10 feet) and 1 piece of ply wood.  Since the sink is going to stay outside permanently, I used treated wood.


The laundry tub is a little awkward 22 x 25 inches.  I need to be able to use a 5 gallon bucket until we run lines, so I needed to leave a little room where the bucket could sit.  I have another bucket underneath to catch the water.

I wish I would have taken some pics of the build and actually written down the dimensions, but I was up against the clock and I was rushing.

Side view.

Side view.

The only thing I wish I would have done was to make it a little taller, only because it is a pain to get the bucket underneath out.  However, I did measure how tall my home kitchen sink was and used that same height.  I tried to remember that women and kids will be using this sink too in the future.

What would you have done to improve on this design?




This article first appeared on Ed That Matters.

Get updates in your email when a new article is posted. Join the Newsletter or grab the RSS Feed.

If you enjoyed the article, please vote for the site at Top Prepper Websites.

Copyright – Content on Ed That Matters (unless the work of a Third-Party) may be reproduced in part or whole with attribution through a link to www.edthatmatters.com. If you are interested in a Third Party article, please contact the author for permission.

Todd Sepulveda

I'm the owner/editor of Prepper Website, a DAILY preparedness aggregator that links to the best preparedness articles on the internet. I'm also a public school administrator and a pastor. My personal blog is Ed That Matters, where I write about preparedness and from time to time, education. Connect with me on one of my social media outlets below.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookLinkedInGoogle PlusYouTube


  1. Mike Scholl August 1, 2014
    • Todd August 1, 2014
      • Mike Scholl August 1, 2014

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: