Making a storage box from thin recycled plywood
This box started out as a base for my pantorouter tradeshow display, but I miscalculated the height I needed, so I couldn't use it for that. Not wanting to waste wood or effort, I figured I'd turn this one into a storage box.
What's neat about this box is how the corners are joined.
I cut a chamfer for the inside corners of the box to not protrude as far in, but leaving enough material for the screws to screw into.
I deliberately offset the holes in the rails to be about half a millimeter closer to the corner than the holes in the plywood. That way, as I put the screws in, the plywood is pulled tightly into the corner of the rails.
Then a bit of work cleaning up, chamfering sharp corners with a knife and rounding over the outside corners with a hand plane.
I added an old (recycled) drawer handle to one side.
I also messed up with one of the rails - I cut the notch on the wrong side, so had to cut it again on the other side. But that actually looks better than the other corners. If I was doing it again, I'd notch all the rails on both ends!
This box goes under the crib in the baby's room. Much like my under bed drawers with wheels, but this one is smaller, so easy enough to slide just on the floor.
The beauty of this technique is that it's well suited to using relatively thin and pre-finished plywood. A downside is that if you want to use the box to store other boxes, the corners get in the way.
Rolling under bed
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