How to Build a Wood Footlocker

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How to Build a Wood Footlocker
Footlockers make great decorative storage areas. (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Throughout United States military history, soldiers have stowed their duty-related gear in footlockers. Today's footlockers, made of sturdy plastic, don't have the nostalgic appeal of the wooden models the military used for years. Considering the price and scarcity of authentic wooden military footlockers, making your own is a viable option. The following plans are for a replica of the 1943 military footlocker. (See References 1)

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • A - 4 ea - 5/8" x 1-7/8" x 12-13/16"
  • B - 2 ea - 11-5/16" x 2" x 5/8"
  • C - 2 ea - 15-1/8" x 11-15/16" x 5/8"
  • D - 2 ea - 11-15/16" x 5/8" x 33-1/2"
  • E - 2 ea - 16-1/2" x 5/8" x 1-7/8"
  • F - 1 ea - 16-3/8" x 32-1/4" x 5/8"
  • G - 1 ea - 16-3/8" x 32-1/4" x 5/8"
  • H - 2 ea - 13/16" x 5/8" x 12-3/4"
  • Hardware:
  • 3 - 2-3/4" strap hinges
  • 1 - lock clasp
  • 2 - handles
  • 4 - split rivets for side handles
  • 25 - split rivets for hinges & lock clasp
  • 4 - split rivets with hemisphere heads
  • Paint or stain

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Have all wooden pieces cut to measure by the lumber company. Sand the top edges of the wood and stain or paint them with two to three coats. (See References 2)

  2. 2

    Nail the front panel, D and the rear panel F to the bottom piece G. (See References 2)

  3. 3

    Nail the two side panels C to each end G. Attach these panels to the front and rear panels also. (See References 2)

  4. 4

    Attach vertical supports A at the outer edges of each C panel. Attach horizontal support B between the two horizontal supports on each end. (See References 1)

  5. 5

    Join the two top pieces F by attaching straps E 4-1/2 inches from each end. (See References 1)

  6. 6

    Using split rivets, attach the top to the footlocker with the hinges. Attach the handles to each end and the lock clasp to the top and front. (See References 1)

  7. 7

    Place tray supports H 4 15/16 inches from the top on each end. Secure the tray supports using split rivets through part B. (See References 1)

  8. 8

    Cut a 1-1/2-inch diagonal from the point of each bottom corner. Attach split rivets with hemisphere heads for feet. (See References 1)

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