How to Build Modular Boxes
Modular boxes, more commonly known as shadow boxes, are an easy, affordable storage solution. We'll show you how to make them.
Modular boxes, sometimes called shadow boxes, satisfy various needs, from a catchall in a child's room to a striking showcase for collectibles. Because they stack, you can easily move or rearrange them. Best of all, you can build seven 12x12x12-inch boxes from a single 4x8-foot sheet of plywood.
You'd think that a sheet of plywood labeled 3/4 inch thick would actually be 3/4 inch thick. However, that's not always the case. Because much of the plywood sold is of Asian origin (even if it's made with North American wood), it may be slightly smaller than its stated thickness. That inconsistency will throw off your measurements for the sides of these boxes, which are sawed to 10-1/2 inches wide to allow for joining to two thicknesses of 3/4-inch plywood at top and bottom. So before cutting, measure the plywood's thickness, then deduct twice that from 12 inches for the width of the box sides.
Painting the birch plywood box and adding the distinctive ash veneer tape to the edges creates a distinctive look. For a bright design option, completely paint the box. Or you can accent the birch plywood with walnut plugs and veneer.
You'll need roughly several hours to build and finish seven boxes. Before you begin, assemble materials and prepare your work area.