Step 3: Glue and Clamp the Boards

assembling the side of a storage chest
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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Apply wood glue to the edges where the boards meet, using your 1x4 spacer to realign them as you go. Partially tighten two bar clamps on each assembly, and wipe away excess glue with a wet rag. Use a scrap block and a hammer to level uneven seams, as shown, before further tightening the clamps. Add a third bar clamp on the opposite side of each assembly to prevent it from cupping. Build the lid the same way, using four 1x6s flush at the ends. Remove the clamps after one hour, and allow the glue to cure overnight.
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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