How to Build a Storage Chest
Join oak lumber with wood dowels to create a modern take on Shaker-style storage
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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Overview for How to Build a Storage Chest
SATURDAY Cut the lumber and build the panels (Steps 1-5).
SUNDAY Assemble the box and attach the base and lid (Steps 6–14).
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1x4 box front- and back-panel long pieces: six @ 36 inches
1x4 box front- and back-panel short pieces: four @ 34½ inches
1x4 side-panel long pieces: four @ 20 inches
1x4 side-panel short pieces: six @ 18½ inches
1x6 lid pieces: four @ 40 inches. After being glued and clamped, bevel-cut the sides and front edge to 38 by 21½ inches
1x6 skirtboard base pieces: two @ 37⅝ inches (from long point to long point)
1x6 skirtboard base pieces: two @ 21⅝ (from long point to long point)
½-inch oak-plywood floor: one @ 36 by 20 inches
1x1 cleats: two @ 29 inches ripped from scrap 1x6
1x1 cleats: two @ 13 inches ripped from scrap 1x6
1x nailing blocks: four @ 1¼ by 1¼ inches square