How to Make a Safe Box

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How to Make a Safe Box
You can make your own safe box using scraps of wood. (lock image by Dwight Davis from

If you have collectibles or important personal items that you want to keep safe, you may want to place them inside a locked safe box. Although you could purchase a safe box from any department or home improvement store, it can be more challenging to make your own safe box by hand out of wood. When finished, you can customise your safe box with craft materials.

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Things you need

  • Wood, four pieces measuring 6 inches wide by 8 inches long, two pieces measuring 6 inches square
  • Hammer
  • Small nails
  • 2 hinges with tacks
  • Locking hinge with tacks
  • Sandpaper
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush

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  1. 1

    Place one 6-by-8 piece of wood horizontally onto a flat surface.

  2. 2

    Place two of the 6-by-8 pieces of wood standing up horizontally against the long edges of the flat piece.

  3. 3

    Nail the pieces into place.

  4. 4

    Place the 6-inch-square pieces against each open end of the box.

  5. 5

    Nail the end pieces into place.

  6. 6

    Place the remaining 6- by 8-inch piece on top of the box, lining up the edges.

  7. 7

    Place two hinges onto the top and against one edge of the box. Space the hinges about 3 inches apart.

  8. 8

    Tack the hinges into place.

  9. 9

    Place a two-part hasp in the centre onto the top and against the opposite edge of the box. Locking or safety hasps are available with built-in combination locks, cylinder locks that open with a key or with rings to be used with padlocks.

  10. 10

    Tack the hasp in place. It should close smoothly with the notch on the top half of the hardware fitting smoothly over the locking mechanism or ring.

  11. 11

    Sand the entire box with sandpaper until it is smooth.

  12. 12

    Paint the box using acrylic paint in designs that you prefer.

  13. 13

    Allow the safe box to dry completely before using the piece to store your valuables.

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