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How to Make a Centerpiece Box

 

Pallet wood DIY Centerpiece box

Pallet wood DIY Centerpiece box

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).

Vintage Tool Boxes (Geo. T. Gale)

Vintage Tool Boxes (Geo. T. Gale)

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.

Planning my centerpiece box

Planning my centerpiece box

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How to Build a Rustic Centerpiece Box

What you will need:

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Supplies and tool

 

Supplies and Tools to make a centerpiece

Supplies and Tools to make a centerpiece

Measurements

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.

Bottom Cuts

Marking the cuts for the bottom of the box with a speed square.

Cutting the palette wood

Marking cut line on the palette wood

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Next, mark the width of the box bottom using a speed square.

Marking the cutting line for the width of the boards

Marking the cutting line for the width of the boards

To cut out the bottom of the box using a Skilsaw (this saw is our favorite) making a plunge cut.

Using a skil saw to cut the pallet

Using a Skilsaw to cut the pallet

Measure and mark the bottom length to 18″.

Mark the side length

Mark the side length

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:

  1. Cut one bottom piece 4″ x 18″
  2. Cut two sides 3.5″ x 19.5″
  3. Cut two ends 3.5″ x 4″
The cut side piece

The cut side piece

These are all the box pieces cut from the pallet.

Centerpiece box pieces

Centerpiece box pieces

Use a rasp to smooth rough edges and corners if necessary.

Using a rasp to remove rough edges

Using a rasp to remove rough edges

Assembling the Box

Begin the box assembly by gluing the ends first.

 

Add wood glue to areas to be attached

Add wood glue to areas to be attached.

Glue end pieces to the bottom

Glue end pieces to the bottom

Once you have glued the ends, you can nail the ends in two places.

Nail the ends in place

Nail the ends in place

Apply the wood glue to the box edges where the side will attach.

Glue the side pieces

Glue the side pieces

Nail the first side before attaching the second side.

Nail the sides in place

Nail the sides in place

Finished Box

DIY Rustic Wood Centerpiece Box

DIY Rustic Wood Centerpiece Box

 

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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DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece Box

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