Shop Class 101: Make a Wooden Box

What You'll Need
Measuring tape
Wood saw
Biscuit joiner
Biscuit discs

It's very easy to make a wooden box, which can be used for a variety of different purposes, including storing items. If you build the box strong enough, it can be used to hold heavy items such as toys or outdoor equipment.  

Step 1 - Select Wood

Choose the type of wood you want to use for the box. It doesn't really matter what type you choose, as long as you select something that fits the purpose of the box.

Step 2 - Measure and cut

Measure the wood and cut it to the size you want. Make sure you have four sides, a bottom, and a top piece. If the box is going to have a hinge lid, make sure you make the top 1 inch bigger all around.

Step 3 - Join Together

Use a biscuit joiner to connect the four sides. Put a pencil mark where the sides line up, using the biscuit joiner to bring the sides of the wood together. Push the biscuit joiner in place and then apply glue to the holes and put in the discs. Add the other side and slip the discs into the joint. Clamp the pieces together and let them dry.

Nail the joints together and glue the bottom to the other pieces of the box. Clamp the pieces together and let them dry. Once the bottom piece has dried, nail it in place.

Finish the box by sanding the edges until they are smooth. Don't rush this part, as it's important to take time to ensure the edges are flush with the sides. Don't forget to sand the lid.

Step 4 - Paint

If you want, paint or finish the wooden box and the lid. Wood usually requires two or three coats of paint or sealer, but make sure you let each layer dry before applying the next.

Step 5 - Hinges

Attach the hinges to the box with a screwdriver and screws. Once this is completed, you can attach the lid to a box.

If you're feeling extra creative, stencil a design on the top of the lid of the box. If you paint the box, this is a good way to finish it off with style.


Remember to always wear your safety goggles when working with power tools, and paint or finish the wooden box in a room with a good amount of ventilation.

Don't be afraid to exercise your creativity when working with wood and building a wooden box. You can make boxes that are large or small, decorated or plain. It all depends on what the box is going to be used for and how much time you have to put into the project. Budget may also be a factor or concern, but keep in mind that making a wooden box is very economical.