How to make a Rustic Box

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How to make a rustic box

I found a rustic box in Big Lots a few days ago and while I liked the idea of it…I really didn’t like the neatness of the box.  How to make a Rustic Box

The box was perfectly cut, made from pressed wood with a sign along the side.  It was on sale for only $15.  But I thought I could do better.

rustic box 7I found a 6 foot cedar board in the workshop and knew I would need a couple more.  I headed for Home Depot for two more cedar boards.  So now I’m into my rustic box for $2.73.

Above I “painted” the boards with hot tea.  You can read why I would do such a thing at this old wood.

rustic box 6Above on the right side I started “painting” on my vinegar.  The vinegar mixture is about 6 months old and was coming out too rusty.  Again to understand the rusty vinegar check out this old wood.  So I dried brushed on a light grey for a washed out look.

You might be asking why I’m painting the boards first.  The thought of painting into 12 little cubbies with a paint brush didn’t fit into my schedule or interest.  Since this is a rustic box I plan on touching up afterwards.

Now to cut the boards.  All the boards are 1 x 4 cedar. Here’s my cut list.

2) 17 1/8 {top and bottom}

2) 16 1/2 {inside shelves}

2) 11 3/4 {sides}

9) 3 1/2 {dividers}

4) 17 {back, 1 board needs to be ripped to 2 3/4 wide}

rustic box 5I made a box.  Use good quality wood glue {I like Elmer’s Wood Glue Max} and finishing nails to hold everything together.

Note:  Cedar wood, or any wood is not flat!

The rings of the tree causes the wood to bow as it dries.  That was something I didn’t care about with this project.  It’s rustic.  But I did make sure the bottom board sat firm.

If I did care, I would have sent the wood through the planner a few times to level the surface.

Rustic Box 4Here’s my goezintoos!  Remember Jethro on the Beverly Hillbillies??

I can’t do my goezintoos without my trusty workshop calculator.

rustic box 3Next I added the back.  I wanted the back to set just inside on all edges.

rustic box 2To get a rough guess where to place the dividers I found the center on the top and made a mark.  Then from the mark found the centers to each edge.  I lined the center of each board to the marks.  I applied wood glue to three sides, placed them then added the top shelf also the glue on the three connecting sides.

Rustic Box 1I continued till the box was filled.  Then placed a clamp from top to bottom and left it to dry.

Now’s the time to wash all the glue off your hands.  The glue in my hair will have to stay till later. 🙂

How to make at rustic boxA couple of paint touch ups and it’s sitting with little treasure on the hearth of the living room mantel.

I excited to display my rustic box during the different seasons and holidays.

Oh, and it only cost 2.73 and two hours including stopping for lunch. 😀

How to make a rustic box

Disclaimer:  I have not received any compensation or products from any brands mention in this post.  These are simply brands or products I purchased to use in our home.

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  1. This will be great to put my beach “Collectibles” in and display them! Thanks for this easy tutorial Jeanette 🙂 I’m going to check out your “this old wood” post now to find out how to use tea!

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