Easy to build, Plywood Box

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Project by AJswoodshop posted 702 days ago 6303 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I make a lot of boxes. There really easy to make, and they get a lot of use in the house, or the workshop. This box is super simple to make. I made this one out of 3/4’’ plywood, and I used rabbet joints, which makes the box look really nice. I also cut a 3/4’’ rabbet around the lid. For the bottom, I used 1/2’’ plywood. I built this with my friends, there getting into woodworking, so I wanted to show them how to make some simple projects. It’s a really fun, and simple project.

Thanks for reading,

-- If I can do can you! -AJswoodshop

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#1 posted 701 days ago

Nice heavy box. I can’t tell from the pics, but did you “wrap” the grain? One nice way to make a box look grand is to orient the grain around the box. You simply cut the four sides from one board with the grain running horizontal, and keep them numbered so you can put the faces together in the same order they were cut, usually putting the non-matching corner at the back left or right. Its not as neat an effect on that type of joint, but on a mitered joint it looks really cool. The recipe boxes I made were wrapped. Another cool suggestion would be a neato piece as a handle for the lid. Something like an old fishing lure or a matchbox car, or maybe a big old socket wrench socket.

I like making making boxes too! Glad you’re teaching the craft!

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#2 posted 701 days ago

Nice box AJ, You can always find a use for a well made box.
Also Matt sure has some great ideas for you. I like the Matchbox car idea!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#3 posted 701 days ago

Yes, I did wrap the grain. Thanks for the comment Tony!


-- If I can do can you! -AJswoodshop

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#4 posted 701 days ago

Nice box. It’s great that you are sharing your woodworking with your friends.

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#5 posted 701 days ago

Thanks Angie! I try to get my friends into woodworking. I’ve already inspired one kid to do woodworking, he helped me with this project!


-- If I can do can you! -AJswoodshop

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 701 days ago

Nice box AJ…

I see one Rabbet Joint in upper left corner… the other 3 corners looks like butt joints to me… maybe your thumb is covering a rabbett joint… hard to see…

When I first saw the lid / top, I thought you placed a smaller piece in the middle & glued it…
... then you said you rabbetted it out…
Cool solution…

Cool box…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#7 posted 701 days ago

Yes, I did do rabbet joints all around the box. I know it’s hard to see, I took this photo with my laptop. Is there another way to upload pictures? If there is, let me know.


-- If I can do can you! -AJswoodshop

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#8 posted 700 days ago


You should think about being a summer helper at a cabinet shop or furniture shop. I don’t know if your old enough to “work” but you NEED to be around pros. I wish I had 1/5th the skills you show at your age. Trust me, you can learn lessons even while sweeping floors around pros.

(could we have the next Stickley or Maloof in the making?)

-- Isaac- Decatur, GA - "Your woodworking....NOT machining parts for NASA!!!"

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 699 days ago

Nice box, AJ. It is nice to see you sharing your work first hand with your friends to get them interested. good going!!!!!!!!!.............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 573 days ago

Being in the storage business, I have always been interested in storage, be it DIY or not. Of course, I would be for cheap storage, especially that I work for a company that offers cheap storage. I did the same DIY boxes for my home, and decorated it to complement with my storage area at home. Doing these boxes also takes the stress out after a long day scouting for locations or just by mere coordinating for such. My family also found these boxes useful and let my nephews do their own decoration of bare boxes.

-- Eric Bosloor :

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