These boxes are a fantastic way to use up scraps… Plywood, boards, etc. Easily customizable, they would be a fun addition to any décor whether painted or stained. Instead of solid pieces, the top and bottom could be pieced together with the Kreg jig for a “planked” look.
- Tape Measure
- Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
- Kreg Jig, optional
- Hammer or Brad nailer
- Various scraps with the largest pieces measuring at least 12-1/2” x 20-1/2”
- 1 – 1×2 at 8’
- 1 – 1×3 at 8’
- 1 – 1×6 at 8’
- Quarter sheet of ¾” plywood
- 1-1/4” pocket hole screws (if using the Kreg jig)
- Small nails or 1-1/4” brads
- 1 – latch for the front, optional
- 1 or 2 handles
- Wood filler
- Wood glue
- Finishing Supplies
- 2 – 2-1/2” x 12-1/2” – Lid Sides
- 2 – 2-1/2” x 22” – Lid Front & Back
- 2 – 5” x 12-1/2” – Box Sides
- 2 – 5” x 22” – Box Front & Back
- 2 – 12-1/2” x 20-1/2” – Top & Bottom
Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.
Cut all of the pieces for the box. Assemble with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails by securing the sides to the top or bottom, then secure the front and back pieces.
Cut the trim pieces and attach with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. The bottom trim pieces are offset so the boxes can be securely stacked.
Attach the hardware to the box. The only hinges I could find were steel so I primed them with rusty metal primer (which helps the paint adhere better) then I spray painted them oil-rubbed bronze.
Stencil or freehand any name, words, etc. to the front.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School
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