Earlier this month I was in desperate need of a storage box for stencils sign so transporting them would be a breeze. There was no time to purchase wood so the scrap wood pile had to work and that box worked like a charm.
After the box was complete I spent the weekend glancing at that stencil box imagining the possibilities.
I thought about using it in different sizes and the idea of adding finishing touches is where my mind ran wild. I could hardly wait to get back home and start building more boxes.
So that’s what I did and I used up a lot of scrap wood in the process.
This box was finished with a dry brush technique using chalk paint; it compliments last week’s project natural outdoor wall decor.
I brought back the copper stripping that was added using screws and the ribbon was attached with a staple gun. Everything else is pretty visual; I’m even thinking a huge pumpkin would look cute sitting on that pile of hay after that mum expires.
Keep in mind the 2 x 4 ends are necessary because this is the strength of the box. Other wood like fence boards can be changed out if necessary and everything can be purchase at any home improvement store.
- Fence Boards
- 2 x 4 pieces
- Hammer + Nails
- Drill + Screws and Bit
Let’s Cut Some Wood
This box we’re building here will be used at a later date so it’s a lot smaller than my first image. We’re using the same instructions and that’s what makes this DIY so great you can build this box to match your own measurements. Simply go longer or tall and have fun with it.
- Measure all the wood and cut everything using a table saw.
- The 2 x 4’s are the ends and the fence boards are the walls and bottom.
- Take one of these 2 x 4’s and cut it in half as that will be the second layer on the strong end of the box.
- After the wood is cut sand each piece and begin to shape for assembly.
Shape the box
Get a visual for the box by shaping the pieces before we connect everything. The first point of assembly will begin by adding the walls first and the bottom last.
Nails or Screws?
My first box was built with screws, this one I decided to use nails because I want the metal showing.
Make sure to drill pilot holes first regardless of what you decide to keep the wood from splitting. A pilot hole is drilled with a bit that is smaller than the hardware.
The fence board pieces are connected to the 2 x 4 pieces from both sides using a total of 12 nails on the box walls.
Attaching the Bottom
The bottom piece of wood should fit perfectly and it does on my larger finished box. With this example notice the wood is in strips because I was after a crate appearance. I attached the bottom wood with finishing nails all around the base until it was secure.
This project can be built in a matter of minutes, it really is a simple build that offers a lot of room for customizing.
When you have a few building skills it’s endless what you can make with a little bit of scrap wood, drill and a saw. This box has worked perfect for fall and its works great with that gray bench.
Make your own multipurpose box and keep coming back because the projects are endless around here.