BUILD A BOX

It’s easy to cre­ate all kinds of projects—like our stacked-box book­case, op­po­site— af­ter you mas­ter build­ing a box. You can build a box at any height, width, and depth, with a back or with­out, us­ing this ba­sic skill. Here’s how:

Do It Yourself - - Make It -

MA­TE­RI­ALS

• 3/4-inch-thick Baltic birch (or other) ply­wood

• Birch (or other) edge band­ing

• Iron

• Metal roller

• File

• Kreg pocket-hole jig kit

• Drill

• Kreg cor­ner clamps

• Wood glue

• Kreg screws

• Kreg wood plugs

• Sand­pa­per

• Sander

• Wood filler

Step 1 Cut your build­ing ma­te­ri­als to de­sired sizes. Ap­ply edge band­ing to all paint-grade wood edges that will not abut or be cov­ered by an­other piece of wood. To ap­ply edge band, cut the band­ing a lit­tle longer than the wood piece’s edge. Pre­heat an iron; po­si­tion the band­ing and iron it to the edge (A). Use a metal roller to press the band­ing onto the wood (B). Ap­ply heat again to any band­ing that didn’t ad­here. Hold a file nearly per­pen­dic­u­lar to the band­ing and file away any ex­cess ma­te­rial over­hang­ing the board’s edge (C).

Step 2 Use a Kreg pocket-hole jig to drill holes in the top and bot­tom pieces in the di­rec­tion of the edges where they will be at­tached to the sides (D). As­sem­ble the box us­ing Kreg cor­ner clamps to hold the four pieces in place (E). Note: When as­sem­bling the boxes, the sides will al­ways over­lap the top and bot­tom and holes will al­ways be drilled into the top and bot­tom, not the sides. Glue and screw each box. Use a thin bead of wood glue wher­ever you at­tach two pieces of wood. Add backs to boxes (F), as de­sired, by drilling pocket holes into the back piece in the di­rec­tion of top, bot­tom, and sides.

Step 3 To fill holes, put a dab of wood glue in­side the pocket holes and in­sert a wood plug (G). Once glue has dried, sand off any of the plug to be flush with sur­face. Fill space around the plug with wood filler (H), let dry, and sand smooth.

Step 4 Use a sander to sand all of the ply­wood ends un­til they are smooth. Lightly sand any rough spots on the paint-grade boxes. Prime and paint or stain and seal the boxes, as de­sired.

ECLEC­TIC MIX Our stacked-box book­case, this photo, uses stained boxes, sealed boxes, and painted-white boxes with backs in them to cre­ate a mo­saic stor­age piece that is eas­ily re­con­fig­ured to fit al­most any space or pur­pose. We also built a plat­form base to give our book­case the feel of a fin­ished piece of fur­ni­ture. To do so, we cut a ply­wood plat­form a few inches deeper and wider than the bot­tom row of boxes. We then added three feet and four

aprons to the un­der­side of the plat­form and used a Kreg jig to as­sem­ble the base. Once our fin­ished con­fig­u­ra­tion was set, we

screwed all the boxes to­gether and to the base for safety.

BOXED IN A va­ri­ety of sizes and fin­ishes along with off­set place­ment give our book­case com­po­nents, below, the air of a cu­rated col­lec­tion rather than a new build. The stained and sealed boxes are made of Baltic birch with no edge band­ing, and the painted boxes use paint-grade birch ply­wood with edge band­ing on the ex­posed top, bot­tom, and front edges. See “Build a Box,” page 32, and re­fer to the charts, left and bot­tom, for fin­ished box sizes, a cut list, and place­ment of each box in our unit.

STACK BOXES IN A CON­FIG­U­RA­TION THAT WORKS FOR YOU AND YOUR SPACE. LEAVE THEM UNATTACHED FOR EASY RE­CON­FIG­UR­ING, BUT IF YOU HAVE PETS OR CHIL­DREN, SCREW THEM TO­GETHER AND TO THE BASE FOR SAFETY. *FOR TH­ESE BOXES, WE USED PAINT-GRADE BIRCH PLY­WOOD SO WE COULD PAINT THE FIN­ISHED BOX.

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