I’m really enjoying making these boxes out of scrap plywood! These are all storage/organizer boxes for places like under the kitchen sink and some small tool boxes for in the shop. I’m feeling a lot less disorganized now. Anyway, I’m enjoying making these so much that this may be what I (eventually) do for a living!
I’ll call it The Pirate Box & Crate Company, and I’ll make boxes for organization, for storage, and custom boxes of whatever size someone would need. We invest so much into plastic boxes and storage containers, and all that plastic either sits in a landfill or floats around in the sea and washes up on a beach somewhere. I think it’s a good idea to get back to some basic wooden boxes like this. They’re easy to make, and would be fairly quick once the process is streamlined.
Here’s a chest I made for our hammock, when it’s not in use.
And here I am assembling more boxes. These things are a cinch to make! This box will replace a cardboard shoe box that housed odd and specialty drill bits and replacement blades, and has been falling apart rapidly for years. It barely holds together anymore. This box here will last decades.
And it’s all made out of scrap plywood and some 1x2s that I had laying around.
I designed the lids to these guys from the traditional Japanese toolbox, with a lid that slides into place. You can make them so the lid locks into place with a tapered piece of wood, but I didn’t see the need. Both boxes are going to be for things I access regularly, and they won’t really need to travel anywhere, so I can leave the lids loose on top of them.
I’m enjoying this process more than I probably should be. These things are quick and fun to build.
To the right is my old box of gardening gloves. To the left is the new glove box. How awesome is that?
And I have got LOTS of scrap plywood left over to make more boxes. Going to make some bigger ones next. This is so fun! And yes, I totally get that my non-woodworker readers out there completely don’t understand any of this.
Not a box, but a toothpick holder. Before this, I kept my shop toothpicks in a box made out of duct tape.
The low tide today was 3 feet below sea level. It was surreal just to go down there and walk around on ground that is underwater for the vast majority of the year. All manner of birds and critters were about, enjoying the newly exposed seafood menu.