How to Build a Small Wooden Box

Updated April 17, 2017

A small wooden box makes for a nice place to store jewelery and other keepsakes. Making this one is easy, cost-effective and doesn't require any cutting. You can make several small boxes in varies sizes. In addition, these small wooden boxes make great gifts. Although the natural wood is attractive, you could also paint or stencil each box to make them unique for the person who is receiving your handmade gift.

Determine the size of the wooden box that you want to make.

Select finished pieces to avoid the need for sanding and shellacking the wood. You will need four pieces for the front (1), back (1) and sides (2). In addition, you will need bottom and top pieces of wood, which will be the measurements of the length and width of your box once it is together.

Glue your sides to your bottom piece of wood. Let it set for a few minutes.

Nail your glued sides to the bottom of your wooden box.

Glue and nail the front and back pieces to the sides and bottom pieces. You should have a square or rectangle wooden box depending on the size and width you've chosen.

Attach a knob, with screws or nails, to the centre of the top piece of wood. Lay the top piece of wood on top of your box as your cover.


Home improvement stores such as Lowe's and Home Depot have all types of pre-cut wood in various sizes.

Things You'll Need

  • Pre-cut plywood
  • Finishing nails
  • Wood glue
  • Hammer
  • Knob (optional)
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