This instructable will show several techniques for making simple wood boxes.

"But Photozz," you say.. "That's just... lame. Cant you hack and umbrella and toaster together to make something that keeps you dry and warm at the same time? "

"But Internet people" I say... "Shadup and stop stealing my ideas....The electric umbrella is not.. ready... yet."

I know.. I know.. boxes are boring. Boxes are dull.. But.. the techniques I'll show can be applied to slightly more interesting things, like picture frames and .. well.. other square things. You will think of something.. I'm preoccupied here.. Come up with your own solutions... OK?

My laziness and unwillingness to spend any money will mean that I'm going to be making smaller boxes. Think about the size of a paperback book. The techniques can be scaled up, but your on your own there.

I never took a shop class after high school, and I didn't have any relatives who were handy. Most of what I learned to do I had to figure out on my own or learn from a book. I mention this because I'm sure the shop-Nazis are going to rappel out of the clouds and tell me everything I'm doing wrong, but this is what works for me. If you have a recommendation or want to correct something, please be nice. Its better if we can all just get along.

First, some safety stuff.

Step 1:

The safety stuff:

In some sections I'm going to be using some power tools. Big scary powerful power tools. Tools that have neither self awareness or souls. That being the case they are completely unaware of the difference between a nice clean sheet of 3/4 inch plywood and your fibula (Its a bone.. in your leg.. The bottom part of your leg... )

What I'm getting at here is that any power tool will gleefully chew or throw chunks of stuff through you much easier than a piece of wood, so please use all due caution to keep any of your soft bits out of the shiny moving parts.

When using any tool with spining parts such as a Table Saw or Drill, you should remove any jewellery or loose clothing that could get caught up. The only thing more embarrassing than feeding your thumb into a table saw would be to get your heart shaped BFF bracelet caught on the blade and getting sucked in up to your toenails. Then you would wind up being the "Stumpy" friend. No one wants to get on the roller coaster with the stumpy friend.

Wear eye and (when appropriate) breathing protection. I only had to get rust in my eye once to teach me this lesson. Some material can shoot off downright dangerous dust or particles. Plexiglass and a table saw is a good way to take a melted plastic shower, MDF and a sanding wheel will give you "brown lung" and scratch your corneas. Yes, that has all happened to me.

During this instructable I have removed some safety guards on my soulless killing machines in order to better show you the processes I'm performing. I don't recommend doing this in any way, and it's not my ordinary method of working. The manufacturer went to a lot of trouble to mould those little bits of plastic. leave them on.

If it sounds like I'm trying to scare you, I am. I have had my table saw for around 10 years and the damn thing still scares the bejesus out of me every time I turn it on. It SHOULD scare you. I credit the fact I still have 10 fingers to the fact that I do my best to respect and fear the power of these tools and I encourage anyone doing this to develop the same caution.
<p>I am new to the instructable site and am currently reading many articles to ease my beginning woodshop woes. I laughed out loud, while learning a lot as I read this post! Your should write a book, with this as your first chapter! Thanks for taking the time to craft it with humor, as well as jam pack it with very useful tips!</p>
<p>step four: box with lid. Picture. Is the lid upside down? It will slide around on the box if you do not flip it over, right?</p>
<p>THANK YOU!! Finally, a reasonable scale project I can build with hand tools! If you've never taken shop and need to start at the very beginning, a simple box is PLENTY! Besides, the humor was a nice change of pace. Keep 'em coming!</p>
<p>awesome job! Can't wait to try it!</p>
<p>I made the first box, it was fun! The instructions were excellent. The most trouble I had on the project the measurements. For others trying this out, I had a lot more trouble trying to get my tape measure to lay flat and get the right measurements. I used an engineer's scale a few years ago when I did some picture framing and find it a lot easier to use for small projects like this. Also, I got lazy and used a stubby pencil initially. Spend a couple extra bucks and get a pack of mechanical pencils with the thinnest graphite size you can find.</p><p>Otherwise, I love the box and will be starting the next one soon!</p>
Nice initiative. <br>By the way, there is a nice book called Wood Joining (or Joinery) one can download from KAT. It has very good tips on considering the wood veins/fibers and the forces the joint will be subjected to.
<p>What exactly is KAT?..</p>
<p>Tx for your work!<br>You might want to check at least the link to <a href="http://www.popularmechanics.com/home_journal/tools/1646221.html" rel="nofollow">Popular Mechanics</a>, because it does not lead to the article you mention.</p>
<p>Just what I was looking for, I am starting and the only power tool I have now is a drill, so I was looking for simple projects that could be made using hand tools. This techniques are an excellent way to start to practice.</p><p>Thanks a lot for the effort to put these together</p>
<p>Thank you.</p>
k den <br>
Holy Kovacs I have only read up to the paragraph that lets me know that my BFF bracelet may be in danger if I don't take the proper safety precautions, and I had to stop and commend your wit. Not that my coffee house snaps of approval mean much, but I haven't had a follow-through worthy inclination in a few years to post a comment that basically says &quot;you're schuuuuuper funny and I think you're aweeeesschommee!!! Sincerely, awkward nerdy kid with braces holding thumbs up.&quot; At any rate, I sincerely enjoy smart humor. So, thanks so far! Look forward to reading the rest.
Re Step 4: Steak Dust, coming soon to an Instructable near you?
informative, and amusing, sometimes a good thing to break away from too much seriousness
Nice 'ible. <br>However I felt a need to point out that you could have used different materials, tools, joints, descriptive terms and grammar. For instance I've always wanted to see a 'ible on building a working personal aircraft out of wooden pallets and plastic milk crates, using only sheet rock screws, duct tape, and basic hand tools. <br>Oh well, maybe you'll do better next time.
This is very very good and funny and all that, but as I gather that you are trying to produce more than an 'ible --say a textbook on the subject-- perhaps you should consider proofreading your writing or giving the text to someone else to check. <br>You keep making the same mistake over and over again: confusing &quot;your&quot; with &quot;you're&quot; (contraction of &quot;you are&quot;) as in here: &quot;Then your all angry and yelling... If your already familiar with... If your going to be doing work... if your attempting any kind of precision... If your framing a wall...&quot; <br>My point is: Your text is very well done; it should contain no errors. All the best.
Very nice. Congrats!
Phenomenal. When will we get to see a sequel?
Well done.
:-) Your work is beautifully finished. Well proportioned and made Great. <br> <br> I am not going to haggle over the names of the various joints Your doing OK! <br> <br>(Former woodwork teacher)
Titebond II or III are both much better than Gorilla Glue, fyi. Especially when it comes to moisture.
I think those are butt joints rather than lap joints.&nbsp; Laps would involve having the two piece of wood overlap on the joint rather than just butting together like you have there.&nbsp; They're harder to make properly though (I haven't made a correct one yet).<br />
wow.. old comment, but yes, you are correct, and yeah,, they are kinda tricky, but i think i've got them myself! for anyone who wants to find out how to do them - google it, or look elsewhere on instructables. they're much stronger, as they have a larger gluing area (just in case anyone was wondering why someone might want to do a more complicated joint)
If the wood is thick enough you could also use biscuits. They'll give you a nice strong joint with the bonus of holding it together when dry for a test fit. Mind you I'd be partial to a dove tail or finger joint, but those are a lot more work.
if you're careful &amp; clever, you can keep the joints very similar sizes, and they hold together dry for a test fit fairly well
marking gauge is useful, as is steel rule &amp; marking knife
Most excellent 'ible! I especially appreciate the wooden hinge info. That'll surely come in handy!
Hahaha! Best safety picture ever...
&quot;In some sections I'm going to be using some power tools. Big scary powerful power tools. Tools that have neither self awareness or souls. That being the case they are completely unaware of the difference between a nice clean sheet of 3/4 inch plywood and your <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibula" rel="nofollow">fibula</a> (Its a bone.. in your leg.. The bottom part of your leg... )&quot;<br /> <br /> We're all going to look&nbsp; back on this quote with cheerful irony as we're ripped to shreds by artificially intelligent blenders, sanders and washing machines;)<br />
Lol I never knew. x)
OMG a PENCIL!!! What does it do?<br /> And no you CANNOT has finger!
fab! Just what I needed as an absolute beginner who normally steps way beyond his capability and makes a mess. I made the first one (a wrong measurement for the box ends in there I seem to recall), then the second and by the time I got to the third I was feeling all confident with my newfound sawing ability so I made my own version. All in all a great introduction to measuring, cutting, gluing - now I feel ready to move on to more complicated joints and work. Thank you. Alain
i liked the strap clamp tip!!
Great 'ible--good info, well written...funny, too.

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