Build a Book Box from Scrap wood. Quick and easy, great as a starter project, makes a great gift.
.pdf copy of the plan is also attached.
Width" 7 1/4"
1 pc 1x8 @ 2’
1 pc 1x2 @ 3’
1 ¼” finish nails
1 set flat hinges (no wider than 1 ½”, and no longer than 4”)
Finishing materials (sandpaper, filler, tape, and paint or stain for desired finish)
Top/bottom: 2 pc 1x8 @ 9 ¼”
Back: 1 pc 1x2 @ 9 ¼”
Sides: 2 pc 1x2 @ 5 ½”
Front: 1 pc 1x2 @ 8 ¾”
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Attaching sides to back and front.
Attaching bottom to the box
Finishing - for this build I kept the front "page" corners sharp, and sanded all the remaining edges. For the book "spine", this was rounded using 60-grit sandpaper and the palm sander.
Finishing box with multiple colors - box, spine, and pages. Tip for clean painted lines: apply some clear poly to the taped edges and allow to dry before painting on the color.
Optional - velcro closure
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.