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These wooden trough boxes are really easy to make but I almost gave up on myself!
I am a firm believer that if you want to do something, start a new project, get a new hobby, or learn a new talent than you need to do it! Don’t let fear of failing hold you back. Don’t let what other’s think stop you. That being said I almost gave up on this project a couple times. It’s not that it’s that hard to make, especially when I give you the exact details and measurements, but when figuring something out for the first time you are going to have a few bumps and bruises.
I was contacted by our church women’s leader (Relief Society) to put together a craft/project for other women to do. I went straight to Pinterest and found a couple wooden boxes like this but they had no clear directions. A couple times I started searching for a completely different project to do but kept coming back to this one.
You see, my mom is the crafty one in the family. She gave me the idea on how to stain the boxes but she wasn’t here to hold my hand and help me pick out the wood, make the cuts, and put together these wooden trough boxes. When I was still living at home she made all kind of things. My favorite is this cedar chest we had for our shoes. The rule was (but dad never followed it) to take off your shoes at the door. What was great about the cedar chest was…it smelled like cedar! After an accident in the wood shop (no missing limbs) my mom stopped woodworking. I don’t blame her, if you had a piece of wood kicked back at you at who knows what speed you would be scared too. Scary things happen, I get it, but if it’s something you really want to do then you need to get back on the horse no matter how long it has been. (So mom if you are reading this…) Actually my mom has begun to work with her dad in his shop. They make pens, keychains, duck calls, and all sorts of fun projects.
Ok, on to the fun stuff. I want to give you the exact (or sort of) measurements you need to make these boxes. That was the hardest part to figure out and thanks to some awesome Home Depot guys I was able to make 4 boxes in one weekend!
How to Make Wooden Trough Boxes
What you will need (this makes two boxes):
- 1 – 1x5x10 from the select boards section
- Sandpaper (whatever you have)
- Brad nails and a nailer (you can hammer in nails but you might want to pre drill holes so your wood doesn’t split.
- Sponge brush
- Paint in any color you want and water
- Disposable shop towels (click here to see the kind I like to use) you can use household paper towels too, these are just really good for these types of DIY projects.
Directions. When you select your board you want to find one with good character. knots are fun to have in your trough box. I found a board that had a lot of freckled-like knots on it and I love it! You also want to pick a board that is straight (when you look down the piece of wood like a barrel of a gun and when you stand it up along the floor). Some curve is fine, as you can see mine don’t all match up perfectly but if you are looking for that weathered wood look it will only give your wooden trough box more character.
Next, get your wood cut at the store. It’s just so much quicker than doing it yourself. Both my Home Depot and Lowes stores does this for free but I believe some stores charge per cut. In my opinion it’s worth it because I don’t have the means to cut such a straight line. You will want the following cuts:
4 pieces measured at 4 1/2 inches. Be sure to explain they need to cut more for the blade depth you need the piece to be 4 1/2 maybe even a hair longer.
6 pieces at 16 inches long. Again add another hair for the blade. You will end up with a 5th piece of wood that is about 4 1/2 inches long and as you put together your boxes you can see which piece fits best (and looks best).
When you take your wood home you can sand the edges that were cut. I chose not to sand the rest because I wanted that rustic or weathered look.
Now onto the staining! I love making my own stain for so many reasons. I can make whatever color I want, it dries really quickly, and I can stain projects indoors (because it’s way to cold to stain outside right now).