For someone who has never built anything before, taking on a big project can be daunting so I’m sharing some simple plans today. This is a good place to start because it gives you a chance to experience a lot of the different aspects and techniques that make you a successful builder on a very small scale. You can use scrap 1/2″ plywood if you have it or spend very little on 1/4″ sheet and give it a try. After all, If you can build a box, you can build practically anything!
I’ve included dimensions for boxes in three sizes. Building instructions are the same for all three.
*You can use 3/4″ thick material instead of 1/2″ if you choose but you’ll have to reduce the width of the “wood colored” pieces by 1/2″.
- Use wood glue and fasteners to secure “Wood Colored” pieces INSIDE the “white colored” pieces.
- You can use pocket hole screws, wood screws or brad nails to experiment with all different methods but I would use simple brad nails for functional hanging boxes so the fasteners are invisible
Add Cleat for hanging
- The cleat is 1/2″ or 3/4″ plywood and fits inside the box at the top
- Secure with wood glue an brad nails
- This is how the box is secured to the wall — this is the same way base and upper cabinets are secured to the wall.
- Screw right through the cleat into the wall – hopefully hit a stud. If no stud is behind where you want to hang it, use drywall anchors. I never waste my time on plastic drywall anchors – I always use the metal, self drilling ones.
Build a combination of sizes and cluster them together for a fun storage collection. Would be perfect over the Apothecary Console Table – don’t you think? 🙂