I ❤ the girls at Shanty-2-Chic and they have been a huge inspiration. This next project I attempted came from them here. I loved the look of this and it seemed like a simple, easy beginner project.
Again, we're going to use the woodpile bundles from Hobby Lobby.
I cut the Hobby Lobby wood to eight pieces at 8.75" and eight pieces at 12".
I also cut four 2x2 pieces to 8" and a 1x10 to 24" long.
Now, I attempted to make the box as the Shanty Girls instructed, by putting together the sides first, then attaching them together and finally adding the base. However, I struggled and wasn't able to get my sides level. My box keep falling apart and I discovered that I really need a nail gun! That would make the process so much faster and easier to keep the boards in place.
So, after much frustration and pouting over not having a nail gun, I altered the plans! And I think it worked out pretty nicely!
I first constructed the skeleton of my box by attaching four 2x2, 8.25" long to each corner of a 1x10 that I cut to 24". I made sure to get the 2x2 as flush as possible with the 1x10 base.
LESSON: I did need to pre-drill the holes as I struggled with screwing these in to place. I stripped a few screws
From here I was able to nail into place the woodpile boards that I had cut. I started with the short side and attached the eight 9.25" that I precut. For the long side, I then attached eight 20" boards.
Once the box was constructed I added utility pulls to each short side.
I had planned on putting this on my kitchen table but it turned out much larger than I anticipated!
So, I decided to make this a home on my fireplace and build a smaller version for my table. I sorta ❤ them!
Each box cost me less than $10! So. Much. Fun...