How to build a regular wooden box with hinges

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How to build a regular wooden box with hinges
Build your own wooden box with a hinged lid. (jamroen/iStock/Getty Images)

Wooden boxes have multiple uses, from simple storage for nails or other woodworking items to serving as decorative home accessories. Build a hinged box from oak timber or an exotic wood and it can take on a whole new purpose as a safe haven for your prized possessions.

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Things you need

  • 2 Pieces 2.5 x 10 x 30 cm (1 x 4 x 12 inch) wood
  • Variable speed drill
  • 1.6 mm (1/16 inch) wood-boring drill bit
  • 2 Pieces of 2.5 x 11.25 x 10 cm (1 x 4.5 x 4 inch) wood
  • Small box of finish nails
  • 1 Piece 2.5 x 11.25 x 25 cm (1 x 4.5 x 10 inch) wood
  • 1 Piece 2.5 x 16.25 x 30 cm (1 x 6.5 x 12 inch) wood
  • 30 cm (12 inch) piano hinge with tacks
  • Wood glue

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place the two pieces of 2.5 x 10 x 30 cm (1 x 4 x 12 inch) wood on a worktable. Drill pilot holes for the nails about 9.5 mm (3/8 inch) from the edge of three sides of each piece. Space the pilot holes about 5 cm (2 inches) apart. These are the front and back pieces of the box.

  2. 2

    Apply glue to the 10 cm (4 inch) edges of the 2.5 x 11.25 x 10 cm (1 x 4.5 x 4 inch) wood pieces. Secure them through the drilled pilot holes to the ends of the 30 cm (12 inch) pieces with the finish nails to create a rectangular box.

  3. 3

    Apply glue to the four edges of the 2.5 x 11.25 x 25 cm (1 x 4.5 x 10 inch) wood piece. Slip this piece between the other pieces to form the bottom of the box. Secure it through the pilot holes with the finish nails.

  4. 4

    Turn the box so the opening is facing away from you. Put the 2.5 x 16.25 x 30 cm (1 x 6.5 x 12 inch) wood piece over the opening so it covers the opening completely.

  5. 5

    Secure the piano hinge to the back of the box first with tacks. Then, secure it to the back edge of the top piece to create a hinged lid.

Tips and warnings

  • Clean up excess glue immediately with a damp cloth.
  • Fill the nail holes with wood putty, if desired.
  • Line the inside of the box with felt, as this will help protect the contents.
  • Do not leave dangerous tools unattended around children.
  • Do not stain or paint the box without proper ventilation.

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