Introduction

a finished storage chest
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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Tired of those plastic bins peeking out from underneath the bed? Scrap them and make yourself a storage chest that will last for generations. Constructed of solid oak using a type of box joint, this chest is as sturdy as it is good-looking. Follow along as senior technical editor Mark Powers and colleague Douglas Adams show you how to craft an attractive piece of furniture with clean, quiet lines that also happens to provide loads of useful storage space.

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Dowels: 2X walnut Miller dowels; Miller Dowel Company
Stain: Jacobean; Minwax
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • bar clamp
      36-inch bar clamps. At least three
    • finish hammer
      Hammer
    • belt sander
      Belt sander
    • random orbit sander
      Random-orbit sander
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • brad nailer
      Brad nailer
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • TruFit step bit
      Miller 2x TruFit step drill bit
    • flush cut saw
      Flush-cutting saw
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • multi-bit screwdriver
      Screwdriver

    Shopping List

    1. Red oak 1x4s to build the box. Get six 8-footers.

      2. Red oak 1x6s Get two 6-footers for the base and one 8-footer for the lid.

      3. ½-inch oak plywood for the floor. Get a 2-by-4-foot sheet.

      4. Miller 2x dowels in black walnut. Go to Miller Dowel Company.

      5. Torsion hinges

      6. 1-inch brad nails

      7. 1-inch deck screws

    8. 1½-inch deck screws

    9. 80-grit, 180-grit, and 220-grit sandpaper

    10. Stain and finish of your choice

    11. Wood glue