How to Make a Wooden Box

Written by michael straessle
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Ranking up there next to a pocket on shirt, a wooden box is just as handy. Think of all the uses around the house: storage, platforms for plants, coverings for plumbing, and flower planters. Stack a bunch of them together and you have an entertainment centre. Wooden boxes come in all shapes and sizes.

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Things you need

  • (1) 8 foot 1-by-12 inch lumber
  • Circulating saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Square
  • Screw gun
  • 1 ¼ drywall screws
  • Glue

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  1. 1

    Cut 2 pieces of the 1-by-12 inch lumber exactly 13 ¼ inches in length.

  2. 2

    Cut 3 pieces of the 1-by-12 inch lumber exactly 11 ¾ inches in length.

  3. 3

    Place a bead of glue on the edge of one of the 11 ¾ inch pieces and butt it up to the 13 ¾ inch piece and secure them together with the 1 ¼ inch drywall screws.

  4. 4

    Repeat Step 3 for the remaining side pieces. Two of the sides and the bottom of the box are the same length and width.

  5. 5

    Slip the bottom of the box in place with glue on the edges. Secure it into place with the 1 ¼ inch drywall screws.

Tips and warnings

  • Always wear safety glasses.
  • Use plenty of glue. Excess can be cleaned off with a damp cloth after pieces are joined.
  • Paint or stain the box.
  • Cut a lid for the box securing it with hinges.
  • Use extreme caution when operating a circulating saw as there is a potential for serious injury.

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