I shared with you earlier in the week this simple Thanksgiving Centerpiece I made for our Thanksgiving Table this year. Today I want to give you some simple instructions so you can make this DIY Wood Box. The great part about this is that it is a super easy project that can be whipped up in just a couple of hours. And if you have never built anything this DIY Wood Box is a perfect beginner project. You can do it…I promise!
Materials you will need:
Two 5.5 inch pieces of 1 x 4 poplar wood boards (ends)
Two 31.5 inch pieces of 1 x 4 poplar wood boards (sides)
*(we used poplar wood because it takes stain better than pine, if you are painting it, pine should be fine…but remember pine can tend to shrink and may split easier when putting nails into)
30 inches of 1 x 6 a pine wood boards (base)
stain or paint
The overall dimensions of our finished box is 31.5 inches long x 7 inches wide x 3.5 inches tall. Depending on your needs, you may want to adjust your measurements accordingly.
1. Cut your wood base 30 inches in length. We used a 1 x 6 pine board.
2. Cut TWO end pieces of a 1 x 4 poplar wood board. We cut them so that they were 5.5 inches to match the actual width of the pine board.
3. Attach the end pieces to the ends of the base. Be sure that they sit evenly with the base. Add some wood glue and then throw a couple of nails on each end of the 5.5 inch pieces. Let glue dry according to your glue’s drying time.
4. Cut TWO side pieces of a 1 x 4 poplar wood board so that they measure 31.5 inches (which should fit flush with the ends of the box). Attach to the sides of the base and the end pieces with some glue first and then some nails to secure the hold. Use clamps if needed and allow your glue to dry.
5. Fill nail holes with wood putty and let it dry. Sand down any excess wood putty and your box to smooth out any rough edges or spots.
6. Wipe your box down with a damp cloth to remove all dust.
6. Now you are ready to paint or stain your box. I decided to stain mine a darker color to go with my dark wood floors. I used a Minwax stain called Red Mahogany. I used a couple of coats to get the color I wanted. Then I added a couple of coats of a satin finish Polyurethane.
These boxes are great because it can be used for so many other projects or home décor items. You can also build one to fit perfectly in your own space by adjusting the measurements of the wood you use and cut.
As always, I would love to see if any of you end up making one for your home! Wouldn’t these also make a great Hostess or Christmas gift? And if you have any wood scraps lying around like we did, this is a VERY inexpensive project!