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A wooden storage box with three wicker baskets in a warmly lit lounge room setting next to a modern black coffee table

Overview

Everyone needs more storage space to help cut down on clutter and keep rooms tidy. These stylish wooden boxes are easy to make and they look great when they're stacked. We'll show you all the tools you need and just how easy it is to get your home organised.

Steps

1Pre-cut the timber to size

Before you start this project, decide how big you want your box to be. Then have the timber pre-cut at your local Bunnings. We cut 2 pieces for our sides at 330mm x 385mm, our top and base pieces at 365mm x 385mm. Finally, we cut the back piece at 330mm x 330mm.

A good tip is to label each piece of timber. On the base piece, also mark out where the front, back and sides are.

A piece of timber marked with blue tape to identify it as a side panel

2Sand the timber

To get rid of any rough surfaces, run sandpaper around the edges of your timber until they're smooth.

The sides of a piece of timber being smoothed with sandpaper

3Nail the sides together

Lie the base piece on your bench and place the back of the box flush against it. Line up the side pieces and tape them to the back piece so they sit in place. Put the third and final side in place and tape it down to create the four sides. Use the nail gun to secure each of the sides securely.

Two side panels of a wooden storage box being nailed together with a nail gun

4Attach the base of the storage box

Flip the box over so that all of the timber sides are level. Place the base at the bottom of the box and then work your way around the box with a nail gun to make sure the sides are connected to the base.

The frame of a wooden storage box being placed down over the base of the box for nailing into place

5Sand the wooden storage box

Remove all of the tape from the box. Sand all of the wooden edges to make sure they're smooth. Then insert the storage basket into the box and you're done.

A constructed wooden storage box being sanded down with sandpaper

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.