By the end of our time on Saturday, Jason and I completed 4 wooden boxes. We used the following materials (plus a table saw, sander, and power drill) from Home Depot to complete the project:
The Building Process
|Jason makes the initial cut|
Once you've obtained all the materials and are ready to get started, you'll need to make the following cuts in your 1x12 common boards:
- Cut four, 5 1/2" pieces that will become the sides of the box
- Cut two, 12 13/16" pieces that will become the top and bottom of the box.
- Note: Because of the cut width of the saw blade, we ended up with a 1/8" difference between the top and bottom pieces. I used the slightly smaller piece for the lid so there would be no chance of overhang. I hardly notice the difference and knowing that we could get two boxes from each board by sticking with these measurements makes it okay, too.
Once you've cut your boards, I recommend clamping the four side pieces in place after adding a bead of wood glue. Then, pre-drill holes where you'll add your screws so you don't split the wood. After assembling the sides, attach the bottom of the box. Again, add a bead of wood glue and pre-drill your holes before attaching with screws. Attach the hinges and the hasp and you have a complete box.
|The finished product|
Overall, the process went fairly quickly. We started setting everything up at about 2:00 Saturday afternoon and had four completed boxes by 6:00. I'm excited to work with wooden boxes instead of my large toolbox this year and hope that this post helps you with completing a similar project. Let me know if you have questions about anything in this post. Leave a comment here or find me on Twitter (@mr_stern)
|Stack of accomplishment|