Blanket boxes are also known as hope chests. Blanket boxes allow for extra storage space for bulky items like blankets and sheets. They are typically placed at the end of the bed. You could go out and buy a blanket box for hundreds of dollars or you could make your own for less than £65.
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Things you need
- 2 8-foot-long pine boards, 24 inches wide, 1 inch thick
- Tape measure
- Straight edge
- Marking pencil
- Skill saw
- Cordless drill
- 1/16-inch drill bit
- Wood screws
- Bit that fits screws
- Set of hinges, 3 inch
- Wood glue
- Paint, stain or polyurethane
Use a tape measure to measure the first two pieces of 24-inch-wide pine board to be 4 feet long. Use a marking pencil and a straight edge to draw a cut line across the board at the 4-foot mark. Draw a dark straight line across the 24-inch width. These boards are the front and back.
Using the same method, measure two more boards to be 24 inches wide by 4 feet, 2 inches long. These boards are the top and bottom of the blanket box.
Measure and mark two boards to be 2 feet wide by 2 feet long. These are the ends of the blanket box. Use erasable pencil to label the boards as you measure and mark them.
Use a skill saw to cut the boards to size. Always make sure to wear eye protection when using a skill saw.
Drill guide holes for the screws. Use a cordless drill and a 1/16-inch drill bit to drill holes 1 inch in vertically and 1/2-inch in horizontally from each edge on the right, left, top and bottom edges of the 2-foot by 2-foot side boards. On the bottom edge of the side boards, in the 1 inch thickness drill holes 1 inch in from the right and left edges.
Find the 1-inch thickness of the width of two of the 4-foot-long boards. These are the front and the back of the box. In the centre of that 1-inch thickness across the width of the board measure 1 inch in from all four edges, mark and drill holes.
For the bottom piece of the box, drill holes ½-inch horizontally, 1 inch from each corner edge vertically into the 24-inch width of the board.
The last 4-foot board does not need holes drilled in it yet; it is the top.
Bring all of the drilled pieces into the room where you want to put the blanket box. Lay the pieces out according to their labels. Start with the bottom. The 2-foot by 2-foot sides should cover the ends of the front and back pieces. Use a cordless drill and a bit that fits the wood screws to insert the 2-inch screws into the holes. Countersink the screws one-eighth of an inch.
Lay the top in front of you so that the length is horizontal and the width is vertical. Measure 5 inches in from the right and left edges. Place the hinges centred on the 5-inch mark. Insert ½-inch wood screws into the holes in the hinge plates to secure. Set the top on the box. Make sure all edges are flush and even. Secure the hinge plates to the back of the box using ½-inch screws.
Use wood glue to fill in the indents where screws were countersunk during the building of the box. Allow the wood glue to dry for 24 hours then paint, stain or use polyurethane to finish the blanket box.
Tips and warnings
- Take your time. Measure carefully.
- Use care and caution along with eye protection when using a skill saw or cordless drill.
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