How to Build a Storage Chest

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How to Build a Storage Chest

Storage is an important part of any organised home. Without places to store toys, craft supplies, spare blankets, and other miscellaneous items, rooms can look cluttered and chaotic. Nice storage solutions can get expensive, but crafty homeowners and renters can make their own unique storage chests to use in their homes. This allows them to customise items by size and colour, for example, to make storage boxes that are perfectly suited to their needs.



To build a basic storage chest, crafters need access to basic power tools such as a drill, a power saw, and a power sander, as well as common woodworking supplies such as a hammer, nails, a screwdriver, screws, and hinges. They also need building materials such as timber or particle board.

Timber or particle board amounts can vary depending on the desired size of the chest. Make sure to take measurements of the desired chest dimensions before purchasing supplies. Woodworkers who want to use timber boards must also have access to tools such as clamps and planers to attach the boards together and to even them out. Those who want to paint, oil, or stain their chests should also acquire painting materials.


Building a storage chest

Use a tape measurer to take measurements of the desired dimensions of the chest. This includes all four sides, the bottom, and the top pieces of the box. Mark out each piece with a pencil and cut the timber or particle board with a saw.


If using timber boards, cut the lengths of the boards to fit the lengths of each side. Then, use wood glue to secure the tops and bottoms of the board pieces together, keeping them as even as possible. Then, clamp the pieces to make sure that the pieces do not have any gaps between them, wipe away the excess wood glue with a damp cloth, and then wait for the glue to dry. When the glue is dry, make sure to even out the pieces using a planer. If using particle board, woodworkers can simply cut each piece from the particle board.

Attaching and securing

Attach one of the square timber pieces to the outside middle part of the bottom of the box. Apply wood glue to the piece, place it onto the bottom, and then use a drill and screws to secure it. Add the other two timber pieces to the bottom inside edges of the outer pieces, and use glue and screws to attach the pieces. This creates ledges on each side. Use a hammer and nails to secure the bottom along the ledges of the end pieces. Finally, attach the front and back using the drill and screws.


Use a hand sander or power sander and some sand paper to sand the box and the lid. Homeowners wishing to paint, oil, or stain the chest can apply it at this stage. To add the lid to the chest, apply the hinges to the back of the chest and the back of the lid. Use the drill and small screws to secure the lid.


Other DIY storage ideas

Storage chests are great large storage options, but smaller boxes are also helpful. To store smaller items such as photos, cables, or small craft supplies, woodworkers can make smaller versions of the chest or repurpose items such as boxes and crates.

Covered boxes

Crafters can easily recover shoe boxes and fruit boxes to make attractive storage solutions. Wrapping paper and fabric help breathe new life into functional boxes.

Refinished crates

Crafters can refinish old wooden crates to make eye-catching storage boxes. Some DIYers choose to leave the wood as it is for a rustic look, while others choose to paint or stain it for a more polished look. Add handles from old drawers or knobs to the outer side of the box for additional detail. Crafters can also make rope handles by drilling large holes into the outer sides and looping pieces of rope through the holes.


How to buy drills on eBay

A sturdy electric drill is a woodworking essential. Sellers on eBay offer many choices, from cordless drills to powerful hammer drills. Use the search function located on any page and type in the kind of drill you are looking for. You can also include brand names in your search. Use filters to narrow down your search by drill type, brand, condition, price, and shipping options. Read item descriptions carefully to ensure that you get the right power level and standards to meet your needs.

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