Introduction: Box Made From Wood Shims - Version 2

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Version 2 of a box made from wood shims. Version 1 here:

Just a slightly different way of building the walls of the box.

Step 1: Parts/techniques

The parts needed for this project are:

  1. Wood glue (regular glue would do ok too)
  2. Spring clams or C-clamps
  3. 4 or 5 packs of wood shims, depending on how high you want to build it.
  4. Duct tape (not shown)
  5. Be sure to review the concept of the double-glue joint here:

Step 2: How to Glue the Wood Shims Together

  1. Take 2 wood shims and draw out a line of glue on each one.
  2. Using a paintbrush or your finger, smooth the lines out so that the glue is spread out evenly.
  3. Left both sides dry completely.
  4. Once both sides are dry, repeat the process on one of the shims, putting the new glue over the dried glue.
  5. Using the C-clamps or spring clamps, squeeze the 2 shims together to get a nice tight double-glue joint.
  6. If any excess glue comes out, smooth it out with your finger.
  7. If there are gaps between the shims, fill in with additional glue after the shims are securely glued together and dried.

Step 3: Make Base of Box

  1. Using Step 2 instructions, use make 6 glued shims made up of 2 shims each.
  2. Line them up and use duct tape to securely tape them together.

Step 4: Glue First Crosspiece

  1. Using a piece of duct tape, tape the wood shims together temporarily.
  2. Using a brush or your finger, put a thin film of glue across the shims.
  3. Using 2 more shims, glue them together as in Step 2 to create your crosspiece.
  4. Now put a thin film of glue on the crosspiece side that is going to attach to the base.
  5. Let the glue on both the base and the crosspiece dry.

Step 5: Attach Crosspiece

  1. Once the glue on both side has dried, glue the first crosspiece down. The dried glue on both sides should make a strong double-glue joint.
  2. Clamp down both sides.

Step 6: Fill in Spaces and Repeat

  1. After the crosspiece is dried, fill in the spaces between with glue.
  2. Repeat the gluing process from the previous step with a 2nd crosspiece

Step 7: Build Up Walls of Box

  1. Once the 2 base crosspieces are in place, glue a 3rd crosspiece (2 wood shims glued together) connecting the base pieces. Use the double glue joint technique throughout.
  2. Repeat this process for the 4th, 5th and so on to slowly build up the walls of the box to about 6 inches or so.
  3. Fill in spaces between layers with additional glue to increase the strength.

Step 8: Paint the Box

  1. Painting is optional
  2. If you do paint it, be sure to paint in between the individual pieces of wood so that it gives it a consistent color