Build a Simple Box for My EDC With No CNC

Introduction: Build a Simple Box for My EDC With No CNC

About: Former NFL Offensive lineman turned Furniture maker. I am self taught and sharing my experiences with the world!

In this video I build an EDC Catch all box for my own personal use. I carry 2 wallets, my keys, a knife, and my handgun almost every day. Having somewhere to put it all when I am in the house keeps me organized. In order to create something that doesn't have a handgun just laying in it, I made this box to have a secret compartment hidden underneath.

If you want to attempt this project or something similar, some tools I suggest are:

  • Table Saw
  • Tape Measure
  • Drill
  • Mitre Saw
  • Jointer
  • Glue bot
  • CA Glue & Activator
  • Oscilating Spindle Sander
  • Bandsaw
  • Step 1: Measure Your Stock

    Begin by measuring out the size of your "gun" or whatever you're putting int he hidden compartment. Build this part first so you can reference the box to the insert. Mark out the shape of the hidden compartment based on the size of your pistol.

    Step 2: Cut the Insert Shape and Re-Saw Bottom

    Cut out your insert shape based on your outline. Cut into the wood with the grain in order to get a long glue joint. Measure the size of the base for the box based on the size of your compartment. Use it for reference. Re-saw or plane your material so 3/8" - 1/4" thickness.

    Step 3: Smooth Out Insert and Finger Holds

    Mark out finger holes for your insert and using the oscillating spindle sander, nicely smooth the insert. Glue on the base plate once smoothed using CA glue and activator. Then square all edges on the belt sander.

    Step 4: Re-Saw Wall Materials and Cut Mitres

    Re-saw your side wall material for the box. Using your planer flatten it to thickness. Cut one corner to a 45 degree angle. Using the insert bottom for reference, mark the location of the next cut. Use your table saw and mitre gauge for easy and clean cuts.

    Step 5: Glue Up Box Frame

    Tape the mitres for glue up and sand the insides before assembly. Also glue up panels for the bottom of the top box. use CA glue or regular glue (this box is not holding a ton of weight so CA glue should work fine)

    Step 6: Sand and Finish

    Sand the bottom insert. Mark and cut the size of the top box "bottom". Use CA glue to insert into the box. Reference something on the bottom for your reveal on the base insert. I use 1/4" spacers. Insert the bottom of the top box, and then remove it and glue it. Sand all parts to 220 grit. Spray finish lacquer, sanding between coats. Up to 5 coats.

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      3 Discussions


      2 years ago

      I have made something similar in the past. I used a plunge router and various router bits to create the cavity for the items. It was somewhat messy(LOL), but fun to do. My band saw was too small to past the piece edge-wise through, so I had to come up with an alternative solution.

      I used a panel of cheap pine for the cavity section(easier to remove), then 'framed' it with cherry sections cut from a piece the same size as the final box. I used am extra fine Japanese hand saw to make the frame sections, and the joints are impossible to see without really good lighting.


      2 years ago

      I love the idea. Awesome work.

      Could even go a step further add magnets to hold the lower compartment in place if someone did pick it up.

      Again great work thanks for sharing!


      2 years ago

      This is a nice and simple design, I think even I could make it. I might have to make a few of these for Christmas. Thanks for sharing your process.