Wooden box

recover a wooden package

In this video we have created a small personalized box starting from a wooden box that we generally find as packaging for bottles of wine, oil or other foods mainly during the holidays.

The tools we used are the following:

  • Fine blade hand saw
  • Cordless drill with bits
  • Orbital sander and various grit abrasive paper
  • terminals
  • Vinyl glue
  • Spray paints
  • Stencil
  • Hammer
  • Small hardware, screws, nails, hooks and edge protectors with antique effect (available online)

We started by cutting the box so as to make a smaller box that will then fit into a larger box. To cut as straight as possible we used an old aluminum corner to support the saw blade.

We cut 6 mm plywood to create a new cover and the joint on the bottom of the smaller box.

Once the pieces are made, we proceed with gluing and then fix everything with clamps until the glue is completely dry.

We then move on to sanding the various parts to smooth the wood and also to correct the small protrusions of the pieces made by us by hand.

Sanding is certainly a long and tedious process but essential for a good result. To think that the paint can hide a small defect on the surface of the wood is really a bad mistake. In fact, we have learned at our own expense that painting amplifies defects rather than hiding them. So no excuses ... ... elbow grease and smooth to a smooth, even surface.

After sanding the subsequent processing on the box we have done by always placing the box on a microfibre cloth to avoid scratching the surface just prepared. Before painting we provide to drill and mount the hooks and hinges to make a rough test. We then proceed with the removal of the components to pass to the painting.

We use a white can, available in the most common hardware stores. After the first coat the wood tends to "throw out" a certain roughness. Then lightly sanded and we are ready for the second hand. We also sand after the second coat to make the grain of the wood appear here and there.

We then position the stencils taking care to cover everything we don't want to paint very well.

Finally we assemble all the small parts with screws, and the corner guards nail them with really tiny nails. On the front, we also add two old-fashioned label holders. We finish with a light coat of wood wax.

Box complete!


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