I had a “new” looking centerpiece box, and I wanted to make it look old and rustic like my Father’s tool caddies (see the below photo).
My “new” looking centerpiece box is pictured below. I have enjoyed using it for decorating, but this year I wanted something a little different. I wanted a rustic box that is both shorter and a little wider box to give more of a vintage vibe.
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How to Build a Rustic Centerpiece Box
What you will need:
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Supplies and tool
- Reclaimed wood (I used a pallet)
- Nailgun and nails
- Speed square
- Wood glue
- Measuring tape
I am making the centerpiece size 5 1/2″ wide by 19 1/2″ long by 3 1/2″ height.
I decided to cut out the pieces for the box directly from the pallet. Therefore I would not need to disassemble the pallet.
Marking the cuts for the bottom of the box with a speed square.
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To cut out the bottom of the box using a Skilsaw (this saw is our favorite) making a plunge cut.
Measure and mark the bottom length to 18″.
Cut out the bottom board following the line you draw.
Cutting the Remaining Pieces
Follow the same method for all the cuts.
Making these cuts:
- Cut one bottom piece 4″ x 18″
- Cut two sides 3.5″ x 19.5″
- Cut two ends 3.5″ x 4″
These are all the box pieces cut from the pallet.
Use a rasp to smooth rough edges and corners if necessary.
Assembling the Box
Begin the box assembly by gluing the ends first.
Once you have glued the ends, you can nail the ends in two places.
Apply the wood glue to the box edges where the side will attach.
Nail the first side before attaching the second side.
Decorating a Centerpiece Box
The best part is decorating your “new” centerpiece box to see how I decorated one for fall HERE.
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