Wood Trug

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 10/25/2013 - 11:12
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How to build a wood trug from Ana-White.com

It's Friday!!!

You know what that means, right???


New handmade gift plans for you!!!

Each Friday until Christmas, my friend Jaime from That's My Letter and I are teaming up to get you the step by step on how to make wood gifts - all while trying to keep the costs down and the steps simple.

Last week, we showed you how to make a lap desk that folds flat -

And this week, Jaime and I are showing you how to build a simple wood trug!

That you can fill up with gifts perfect for that special someone!!!

We have you covered of course, with the free step by step plans for this wood trug just below.

But Jaime also shows you how to make the wood trug in a few different sizes,

And has lots more construction details and finishing tips right here - please take a second to stop over and check it out.

See you back here for the plans following!

XO Ana



Shopping List

12" x 32" of 1/2" plywood
13" x 8" of 1/4" plywood
1 - 3/4" dowel 14" long
3/16" dowels for handle stoppers
1 1/4" finish nails
wood glue

Cut List

2 - 1/2" plywood 12" x 7" (sides)
2 - 1/2" plywood 12" x 8" (ends)
1 - 1/4" plywood 13" x 8" (base)
1 - 3/4" dowel @ 14" (handle)
2 - 3/16" dowel @ 1 1/4" (handle stoppers)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

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!


Step 1

Once you get all your 1/2" plywood pieces cut, it's time to cut those ends into the trug shape. You'll need a spade bit to drill the hole for the handle, and then a round object to help you shape the curved sides like Jaime did here:

Once you get one end done, use it as a pattern to cut the other end.

Step 2

With the sides done, nail to the sides with 1 1/4" nails with glue.

Step 3

Then attach the bottom with glue and nails.

Step 4

Then insert the wood dowel for the handle.

Jaime recommends adding smaller dowels to keep the handle in place as well. 

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

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.


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