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Wall-Mounted Storage Boxes

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Outfit a closet with these basic boxes that can be customized to suit your storage needs.

Closet with storage boxes in two configurations.

Project Overview

Skill Level

Intermediate

Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost

$$$$$

Tools & Materials

Tools

  • Table saw or circular saw and straightedge
  • Tape measure
  • Hammer or pneumatic nailer
  • Carpenter’s square
  • Clamps with at least a 17-in capacity
  • Electronic stud finder
  • Toggle-style wall anchors
  • 120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Painter’s tape

Materials

  • 5 – 1/2 x 48 x 48 birch plywood sheets
  • 1-1/2-in (4d) wire nails
  • #10 x 3-in panhead cabinet-mounting screws
  • Valspar Signature paint: High Seas (#4006-10A) and Meadow Mist (#5008-7B)
  • Toggle-style wall anchors (optional)

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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Instructions

Build the Basic Box

Step 1

From 1/2-inch birch plywood, cut two strips 15-3/4 inches wide (Wall-Mounted Boxes Project Diagram, Drawing 1) parallel with the surface wood grain. Cut the sides (A) and the top/bottom (B) to length. Then cut the back (C) to length and trim it to width.

Good to Know

Cut the sides to equal lengths, as well as the top and bottom, for a tight-fitting box.

Step 2

Glue and nail the box top to the sides

Glue and clamp the top and bottom (B) to the sides (A). Use a carpenter’s square on at least two corners to check for square. After the glue dries, drive 1-1/2-inch nails to reinforce the joints. Apply glue to the back edges of the top, bottom, and sides. Then glue and clamp the back (C) in place. Add reinforcing nails after the glue dries.

Good to Know

If you’re not comfortable juggling all four pieces when gluing the box, glue and nail only the top to the sides, let the glue dry, and then glue and nail the bottom to the sides.

Step 3

Apply glue to the back edges of the top, bottom, and sides. Then glue and clamp the back (C) in place. Add reinforcing nails after the glue dries.

Build a Center-Shelf Version

Step 1

From 1/2-inch birch plywood, cut two strips 15-3/4 inches wide parallel with the surface wood grain (Wall-Mounted Boxes Project Diagram, Drawing 2). Cut the sides (A) and the top/bottom and shelf (B) to length. Then cut the back (C) to length and trim it to width. From scrap plywood, cut two spacers 11-3/8 inches long.

Step 2

Glue and clamp one side to the top and bottom. Rest an 11-3/8-inch spacer on the box side, and add the center shelf. Use a carpenter’s square to check that each corner is square.

Step 3

Nail a second side to the divided box.

Glue and clamp the other side to the top, bottom, and shelf. Check that the assembly is square. After the glue dries, add 1-1/2-inch nails to reinforce the joints.

Step 4

Glue and nail the back (C) to the top, bottom, sides, and shelf.

Turn a Box into Cubbies

Step 1

From 1/2-inch birch plywood, cut three strips 15-3/4 inches wide (Wall-Mounted Boxes Project Diagram, Drawing 3) parallel with the surface wood grain. From the strips, cut the sides (A) and the top and bottom (B) to length. For this box, also cut a large divider (D) and two small dividers (E). Then cut the back (C) to length and trim it to width.

Step 2

Glue and clamp the top to the sides. Use a carpenter’s square to check that both corners are square.

Step 3

Nail the small divider to the large divider.

Glue and nail a small divider (E) centered on the large divider (D). Then glue and nail this divider assembly to the partial box (A/B).

Good to Know

You can use a small divider as a support while nailing the other small divider to the large divider. The second small divider is nailed only to the side.

Step 4

Nail the top to the divided box.

Glue and nail the second small divider (E) to the other side (A). Glue and nail this assembly to the partial box.

Step 5

Glue and nail the back (C) to the box assembly.

Install a Wall-Mounted Box

Step 1

Sand the box with 120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper, wipe clean, and apply at least two coats of the finish of your choice (we used Meadow Mist for the interior and High Seas for the exterior). Allow the last coat to dry overnight before installing.

Step 2

Use an electronic stud finder to locate the wall studs where you’ll install a box. Mark them with tape above the box location. Have a helper position the box level on the wall and drill 1/8-inch pilot holes in the back of the box about 2 inches from the top. Extend the holes into the wall.

Step 3

Add toggle-style wall anchors as needed. Install the box using screws supplied with the wall anchor and flat washers. For attaching to wall studs, use #10 x 3-inch cabinet-mounting screws. Estimated cost: $130 + finish for the four boxes shown.