Earlier this month at the Texas Home and Garden show I had the opportunity to speak with a sweet lady who attended a couple of my previous workshops.
She was telling me that she duplicated the little box and used them for Christmas gifts. I thought this was the coolest but the best part was she called her gifts Do Dad Boxes.
I’ve been processing that idea and thought, wait I want a Do Dad box. So, I made one and today and I’m sharing the instructions.
Mine sits at the desk and holds my little clutch purse, keys, phone and sunglasses. These are things I can never seem to find when I’m on my way out the door.
I made my box from scrap wood this means we’re skipping measurements because I want you to make your box according to your Do Dads.
With my box all four sides were the same size and the bottom laid flat underneath the frame.
- Scrap wood or new
- Measuring tape
- Marker or pencil
- Saw , Drill and hammer
- Sand Paper
- Finishing nails
- Measure wood and cut to size.
- Sand each piece of wood.
- Add Swirl cuts if desired
Make sure all the sides fit correctly before moving forward.
My corners were not a perfect match, the swirl cuts were a little off.
I was fine with that because it added a little contrast. The wood I was using wasn’t really the best but didn’t like the idea of wasting it.
Drill Pilot Holes
- Drill four pilot holes on two end pieces of your box.
- Connect one end at a time. This is tricky if building alone.
- Once you have a box frame flip it over.
- Now add the bottom using 6 nails.
Run a sander over the box again and then decide if you want to stain, paint or leave natural. I used a dark walnut stain purchased from the hardware store. You can purchase paint or stain in small size containers just about anywhere.
What do you think? I believe everybody needs a little Do Dad Box; my husband will be thrilled.
Robert won’t have to call my cell anymore so I can find it. I hope you enjoy making your own Do Dad Box.