Making Small Wood Boxes

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Making Small Wood Boxes
A small wooden box can store many small items. (wooden box image by Sergey Shlyaev from Fotolia.com)

Small wooden boxes can be used to store many small items such as special keepsakes, marbles, cigarettes, or just about anything else. Usually these types of boxes can be purchased in hobby stores, home goods stores, an artisan shops. If you are a do-it-yourselfer or a woodworker, then you might want to make your own small wood boxes. This project is one way of improving your woodworking skills and it's easy enough for anyone to accomplish.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Plywood boards
  • Mitre saw
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Drill
  • Four screws, 1/4-inch
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood stain
  • Small brush

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut four 1/2-inch-thick plywood boards, using a mitre saw, so that they are four inches long by two inches wide.

  2. 2

    Cut two plywood boards so that they are two inches long by two inches wide.

  3. 3

    Attach one of the four-by-two-inch boards to one of the two-by-two-inch boards so that the two-inch edge of the four-by-two meets one of the two-inch edges of the two-by-two at a 90-degree angle. Attach the pieces using wood glue and clamp the pieces together for an hour to allow time for the wood glue to dry. Repeat this step with another four-by-two and another two-by-two board.

  4. 4

    Attach the two 90-degree angles created by the four-by-twos and two-by-twos to create a plywood frame for your small wood box that is four inches wide, two inches tall and two inches deep. Attach the two pieces using wood glue and clamp the pieces together for an hour to let the glue dry.

  5. 5

    Attach one of the four-by-twos to the wooden frame to create a base for your small wooden box. Attach the pieces so that the four-inch edges of the base meet with the four-inch edges of the frame and the two-inch edges of the base meet with the two-inch edges of the frame. Attach the pieces using wood glue and clamp the pieces together for an hour.

  6. 6

    Sand all the surfaces of the each of the plywood boards using sandpaper, and then apply wood stain to the smooth surfaces using a small brush.

  7. 7

    Attach a two-inch hinge to the last four-by-two-inch board at the centre of one of the four-inch edges of the board to create a lid for your box. To attach the hinge, drill two 1/4-inch screws into the plywood board.

  8. 8

    Place the lid over the frame on the side opposite the base. The lid should be placed on the frame in the same manner as the base was attached to the frame. Attach the hinge to the frame in the same manner as it was attached to the lid, using 1/4-inch screws.

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