Making a wooden box (with pictures)

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Making a wooden box (with pictures)
Making a wooden box (with pictures)
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Many people who want to learn to work with wood start by making a wooden box. A wooden box is simple to make yet elegant, easy to personalize and both decorative and functional. If you've never made a wooden box before, start by making a wooden box with a hinged lid or a sliding lid before trying more complicated techniques.

Steps

Method 1 of 2: Making a wooden box with a hinged lid

Make a Wooden Box Step 1

Step 1. Choose wood to use

You can use pieces of wood from previous projects, opt for planks from old pallets, or buy new wood and cut it to size. When choosing wood, consider the purpose of the box.

For example, if you're making a jewelry box, consider using thin pieces of cedar, ash, or oak. It is easier to make a smaller box from thinner wood. Use larger pieces or planks for larger boxes. That way you will also have to cut less

Make a Wooden Box Step 2

Step 2. Gather your supplies

Lay out all your basic tools at your workplace. If you use power tools, make sure there is an outlet nearby. In any case, you will need a ruler, a hammer, nails, wood glue or wood filler and natural wood.

Be careful when using power tools and always wear safety glasses

Make a Wooden Box Step 3

Step 3. Measure and mark the pieces of wood

First you will have to determine how big the box should be. This means that you determine how long, how wide and how high the box should be. Then mark the dimensions on the pieces of wood using a ruler and pencil.

If you are making a box for a particular purpose or item, measure the item in question to make sure it will fit in the final box

Make a Wooden Box Step 4

Step 4. Cut the wood pieces to size, if they are not the correct size

Use a handsaw or a circular saw to cut the wood pieces to size according to the measurements. Remember you will need four pieces of wood for the sides, one piece for the bottom and one piece for the lid.

Power tools can make the job easier, but you don't necessarily have to use them. You can easily make your box with the help of a screwdriver, a square, a handsaw and a hammer

Make a Wooden Box Step 5

Step 5. Join the side pieces together with straight joints

Join the pieces together at the correct angle and apply glue to help the pieces stick together better. You should now have a square with no bottom and lid. After this, drive or drill finishing nails, wood screws or dowels into the wood.

  • It's a good idea to hold the glued pieces of wood together with clamps while driving or drilling nails or screws.
  • If using dowels, drill a hole through the side of one piece of wood into the other piece of wood. Use a wooden dowel to fasten the pieces together in an L shape. After you've fastened the pieces together, saw off the dowel so it doesn't stick out from the sides.
Make a Wooden Box Step 6

Step 6. Fasten the bottom at the sides

Make sure the sides fit right up against the bottom or snug around it, depending on your design. Use glue to attach the bottom to the sides. After this, drive or drill finishing nails, wood screws or dowels into the wood.

Let the box dry thoroughly before painting or using it

Make a Wooden Box Step 7

Step 7. Attach a hinged lid to the box

Place the lid on the box and make sure that it fits exactly on the sides. Then measure where you want the hinges and mark the spots. Leave the hinge joint protruding from the back of the box and screw or hammer it on the side and then the lid.

  • When installing the hinges, it is important that you fasten them at right angles to the lid and the side. Otherwise, the lid cannot be opened or closed properly.
  • It's a good idea to clamp the sides and lid together when you measure and fasten the spots for the hinges.
Make a Wooden Box Step 8

Step 8. Fill in all nail holes

Use wood filler and a putty knife to fill nail holes. Allow the wood filler to dry completely before sanding the spots smooth.

Filling and sanding the nail holes will give your box a more professional look. You can skip this step if the decorative aspect of the box is not that important to you

Method 2 of 2: Making a wooden box with a sliding lid

Make a Wooden Box Step 9

Step 1. Choose wood to use

You can use pieces of wood from previous projects, opt for planks from old pallets, or buy new wood and cut it to size. When choosing wood, consider the purpose of the box.

For example, if you're making a jewelry box, consider using thin pieces of cedar, ash, or oak. It is easier to make a smaller box from thinner wood. Use larger pieces or planks for larger boxes. That way you will also have to cut less

Make a Wooden Box Step 10

Step 2. Gather your supplies

Lay out all your basic tools at your workplace. If you use power tools, make sure there is an outlet nearby. In any case, you will need a ruler, a hammer, nails, wood glue or wood filler and natural wood.

Be careful when using power tools and always wear safety glasses

Make a Wooden Box Step 11

Step 3. Measure and mark the pieces of wood

First you will have to determine how big the box should be. This means that you determine how long, how wide and how high the box should be. Don't forget to take into account the grooves and the fact that the lid will have to be narrower to slide through the grooves. Then mark the dimensions on the pieces of wood using a ruler and pencil.

If you are making a box for a particular purpose or item, measure the item in question to make sure it will fit in the final box

Make a Wooden Box Step 12

Step 4. Cut the wood pieces to size, if they are not the correct size

Use a handsaw or a circular saw to cut the wood pieces to size according to the measurements. Remember you will need four pieces of wood for the sides, one piece for the bottom and one piece for the lid.

Power tools can make the job easier, but you don't necessarily have to use them. You can easily make your box with the help of a screwdriver, a square, a handsaw and a hammer

Make a Wooden Box Step 13

Step 5. Cut grooves in the pieces of wood for the side

Use a table saw or router with a straight end mill to make a straight horizontal groove near the top edge on the inside of the box. Make a groove about 3 millimeters deep along the top edge so that you can slide the lid into place. Make sure the grooves are all the same depth and width.

Make a Wooden Box Step 14

Step 6. Cut the front of the box to size

First, take one of the sides that you have already made a groove in and measure from the top edge where the lid comes to the bottom of the groove you made. Cut a piece of wood that size from the top edge of the front of the box. Make sure to cut in a straight, horizontal line.

After this you could try if you can slide the cover into the grooves over the front. You can do this if you clamp the sides together first

Make a Wooden Box Step 15

Step 7. Join the side pieces together with straight joints

Make sure the grooves face inward. Join the pieces together at the correct angle and apply glue to help the pieces stick together better. You should now have a square with no bottom and lid. After this, drive or drill finishing nails, wood screws or dowels into the wood.

  • It's a good idea to hold the glued pieces of wood together with clamps while driving or drilling nails or screws.
  • If using dowels, drill a hole through the side of one piece of wood into the other piece of wood. Use a wooden dowel to fasten the pieces together in an L shape. After you've joined the pieces together, saw off the dowel so it doesn't stick out from the sides.
Make a Wooden Box Step 16

Step 8. Fasten the bottom at the sides

Make sure the sides fit right up against the bottom or snug around it, depending on your design. Use glue to attach the bottom to the sides. After this, drive or drill finishing nails, wood screws or dowels into the wood.

Let the box dry thoroughly before painting or using it

Make a Wooden Box Step 17

Step 9. Make grooves in the lid

If the lid needs to fit snugly to the sides of the box, use a saw to make a groove in three sides of the lid. Do not make a groove in the front. Slide the lid over the front of the box into the grooves.

If the grooves in the sides are 3 millimeters below the top edge and 3 millimeters deep, cut the top and bottom of the lid that deeply from the side as well

Make a Wooden Box Step 18

Step 10. Fill in all nail holes

Use wood filler and a putty knife to fill nail holes. Allow the wood filler to dry completely before sanding the spots smooth.

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