Step 3: Trim Hamper and Insert Floor

trim hamper and insert floor to build a wood hamper
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Secure crosspieces so that the lower ones sit flush with the bottoms of the panels and the upper ones with the handle cutouts sit flush with the tops of the legs. Drive screws at an angle through the top edges of the upper crosspieces and into the legs. Secure the plywood floor to the floor supports.
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    Tools List

    • circular saw
      circular saw
    • miter saw
      miter saw
    • jigsaw
      jigsaw
    • brad nailer
      brad nailer
    • drill
      drill/driver

    Shopping List

    1x2 Get one 8-foot length for the four narrower leg pieces.

    1x3 Get three 8-foot lengths for the four wider leg pieces, crosspieces, floor supports, and lid frame

    -inch beadboard plywood Get half of a 4x8 sheet to make the panels and floor (½-inch plywood can also be used for the floor)2-inch trim-head screws to secure upper crosspieces to the legs.

    -inch brad nails

    Wood glue

    Butt hinge Get two.

    Top hinge Get one.

    Sash handle Get one, if using.