HOW TO BUILD A DIY WOODEN BOX IN ANY SIZE

Making wooden boxes is more work than buying them, but not nearly as difficult as it seems. Plus, you can make them to perfectly fit your shelves for a fraction of the cost of store bought. Here's how!

MATERIALS

MATERIALS

wood glue primer, paint or stain paintbrushes pencil 150 grit sandpaper plywood cut to size hammer and nails

HOW TO MAKE DIY WOODEN BOXES

HOW TO MAKE DIY WOODEN BOXES

The first step is to cut all your wood to size. Check your scrap wood pile first to make these nearly free!  If you do have to buy wood, have your wood cut when you buy it. Otherwise, cut your wood using a table saw.

ADJUST THE MEASUREMENTS TO THE SIZE YOU NEED I made my boxes 12” wide, 11” deep and 9” high but you can adjust them by cutting the two side panels of your boxes 1/2″ shorter than the front and back. The bottom panel will also be 1/2″ smaller in  length and width than the overall box.

SAND AND PAINT THE WOOD Once all of the pieces are cut, sand any rough edges. It is easier to also go ahead and prime and paint or stain them before assembling.

Now it's time to assemble everything with a hammer and nails or nail gun. You will also need wood glue. Lay one of the side pieces of the box face down and use wood glue to attach the 1″x2″ support pieces. Let dry.

Lay the front of the box facedown and use wood glue on the 1″x2″ supports. Attach the two sides of the box to the front. Apply wood glue to the final supports and attach the back piece. Let dry.

Hammer four brads into each side of the box for extra security. Lastly, attach the bottom of the box with wood glue and more brads.  And that's all there is to it! You can use as is or add numbers.

Get the full step-by-step tutorial here.

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