How to make a box of wooden strips

How to make a box of wooden strips

Let's see how to make a box with wooden slats. And in this case I am going to use chestnut wood that I had recycled from old doors.

We can see in the video all the steps I followed, and how I use my home woodworking machines to thicken the wood and to cut all the necessary pieces.

Wooden box structure

The structure of this box is very simple, with horizontal wooden slats, nailed and glued to other vertical slats that go inside at the corners.


The two most important parts to make the box look good are:

1.- Cut the wooden slats with precision, so that those that have to be the same are the same. I use my table saw and the squad car to cut wood precisely.

Template to make the sides of the wooden box

2.- Make the templates to join the slats that form the sides of the box. With these templates we achieve that the sides of the box are exactly the same two by two. The two long sides will be the same and the two short sides will also be the same.

Use nail gun to join the wooden slats

To join all the pieces I use a bit of carpenter's glue and a nail gun. And it is that the nail gun is very useful to do this type of projects and it makes things much easier for us.

A detail that they tell me on my YouTube channel is that this box was still better if the short sides were put inside the long ones. I put them like this because it gave me the impression that if I put them inside, the box would seem narrower than it is.

A little wood paste to hide the nails (although in this box model they were still better visible), a little sandpaper and varnish, and that's it.

At the end I get a pretty nice wooden box that I'm sure I'll find a good use for, but not in the workshop. I think it will look great on my desk next to the computer.


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