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From Habitat magazine - issue 15

This cool multi-purpose storage box is finished in timber stains for a slightly weathered effect.

How to make a storage box

You will need

Note that the timber cutting list and the final size of the storage box will vary according to the plank sizes available at your timber merchant.

  • 140mm x 18mm planks (we used dressed timber but you can also use rough-sawn) cut into the following lengths for a trunk that measures 1200mm long x 540mm deep x 623mm high

  • 8 planks at 1200mm long for the front and back

  • 8 planks at 504mm long for the ends

  • 4 planks at 1220mm long for the lid: Either use four more planks at 1164mm long for the base or use a piece of chipboard or plywood measuring 1164mm x 504mm. We used 10mm thick plywood.

  • 25mm x 25mm battens for the inside corners: 4 at 520mm long 25mm x 25mm battens for framing the plywood base, two 1164mm long and two 454mm long

  • Two 65mm x 18mm battens at 530mm long for the underside of the lid

  • Two 45mm x 45mm battens at 530mm long for the feet

  • Resene Waterborne Woodsman timber stain in colours of your choice. We used two testpots of Resene Woody Bay (dark); two testpots of Resene Skywater (mid-tone) and 1 litre of Resene Weathered Grey (light).

  • Wood screws, galvanised or stainless steel (25mm, 40mm and 65mm)

  • Electric drill, square

  • Sanding block and sheets of 120-grit sandpaper, 50mm paint brush

  • Card or thin plastic to use as spacers and to mask

  • Two galvanised strap hinges and two galvanised trunk handles

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crafted by: Philippe Morin
pictures: Tony Brownjohn

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