How to Make Wall-Mounted Storage Boxes

Handy wood sheets from the hardware store are the foundation for this simple woodworking project.

Create a simple and effective entryway setup without the heft of a full unit. Shallow hooks, wall pockets, cork strips, and DIY wood shelves make up this airy entry storage center. Follow the steps below to create your own wood shelves and mailbox.

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What You Need

  • 1-3/4-inch poplar project panel
  • Measuring tape
  • Circular saw
  • Sandpaper
  • 2 bar clamps
  • Square
  • Drill
  • 5/32 drill bit (or one that's slightly smaller than the diameter of your screws)
  • 1-1/4-inch coarse-thread countersinking screws
  • Stainable wood filler
  • Putty knife
  • Clear protective wood finish in satin
  • Paintbrush
  • Drywall anchors, as needed

Step 1: Cut Wood Pieces

Cut the pieces for the box with an electric or handheld saw. We used two 5-1/2 x 4-3/4-inch pieces and three 5-1/2 x 12-inch pieces. Sand the edges.

Step 2: Clamp the Pieces

Clamp the pieces in a box shape (the shorter sides should fit between the longer sides), using a square for proper positioning. Tighten the clamps but be careful to not shift the pieces as you tighten.

Step 3: Screw Pieces Together

Starting on one side, drill pilot holes. Place each in 2 inches so they don't hit each other at corners where a screw will be coming from either side. Secure the screws, countersinking slightly. Repeat on all sides to form your box.

Step 4: Fill Screw Holes

Fill screw holes with wood filler, smoothing near the surface with a putty knife. Let dry. Sand lightly.

Step 5: Paint Boxes

Apply desired finish according to manufacturer's directions and let dry. Hang the boxes with appropriate anchors for your wall.

How To Finish Wood

You've Got Mail

Toppling piles of mail by the front door will be a thing of the past when you have a convenient mailbox. Follow the directions for the storage box except cut three 5x12-inch pieces and two 12x12-inch pieces in Step 1. Make a cardboard template of an 11-inch-diameter circle and use it to trace a curve about one-third of the way down one 12x12-inch piece. Cut out with a jigsaw, and sand edges. After applying finish, add a metal frame to the front, if desired.


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