D.I.Y. wooden storage box

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D.I.Y. wooden storage box

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Project 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. Continue to step-by-step instructions
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How to hammer a nail straight

If your nails keep bending when you are hammering, check the head of your hammer. It could be that the face has picked up some dirt. This causes the hammerhead to slip slightly when it hits the nail. To solve this, give the head a clean by rubbing it on some sandpaper or a bit of rough concrete.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Pre-cut the timber to size
2 Sand the timber
3 Nail the sides together
4 Attach the base of the storage box
5 Sand the wooden storage box
  • Step 1. Pre-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 two pieces for our sides at 330mm x 385mm, our top and base pieces at 365mm x 385mm and 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.

  • Step 2. Sand the timber

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

  • Step 3. Nail 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.

  • Step 4. Attach 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.

  • Step 5. Sand 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.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Dust mask
  • Earmuffs
  • Gloves
  • Nail gun
  • Painters tape
  • Safety glasses

Materials

  • 330mm x 385mm F17 formply x2
  • 365mm x 385mm F17 formply x2
  • 330mm x 330mm F17 formply
  • 80 grit and 120 grit sandpaper
  • Storage basket insert
  • Nails

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. 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. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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