I live in a small flat and I needed a place to store my girlfriends ever growing collection of clothes and fabric. The only space left in the flat was at the end of the bed and behind the front door. All the ready made storage chests were a bit to deep and not long enough for this space so I decided to build my own. I wanted to make it quickly, easily and cheaply so I decided to make it from the cheapest wood available. I've often seen gloss painted rough cut timber used in shop interiors and I think it looks great, gives everything a more rustic vibe.
Step 1: Materials
I have chosen the materials almost entirely based on cost. All the wood for this build cost only £26.00. I designed the whole thing based on my chosen materials.
I am using:
-10 pieces of Rough Sawn timber 2.4m x 100mm x 19mm
-4 flush hinges
-Chest handles and a locking hasp from eBay
-Some coasters left over from an Ikea thing
In total the materials cost less than £35
p.s. be a bit careful when picking your timber because sometimes the treated stuff can still be a bit damp.
Step 2: Planning
My Chest has to fit in a relatively small space at the bottom of my bed. Because I'm having to compromise on depth I've decided to make it as long as possible and as tall as the space will allow.
The dimensions are also based on the length of the wood. I made it the length of half a piece of timber.
The chest will be 1200mm x 400mm x 300mm
Step 3: Measure and Cutting
lengths of wood required
X14 1200mm strips
X6 400mm strips
X6 300mm strips
X8 262mm strips
This uses almost ALL of the 10 lengths of timber. All that is left over is a couple of small blocks (these are useful whilst painting) and a strips about 600mm long.
Don't forget to give the wood a quick rub down and perhaps round of the edges of each strip a little.