This step by step woodworking project is about how to build a wine box. This project is an evergreen gift idea, as it suits any person and any occasion. This project requires basic materials and tools, so that any person with beginner woodworking skills can pull it through. Make sure you browse through the rest of the projects, as you can find more building inspiration.
We recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. Therefore, you should buy weather-resistant lumber, such as pressure-treated lumber, pine or cedar. Always take accurate measurements before adjusting the size of the components at the proper size. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the wood screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.
Made from this plan
- A – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 3 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 14 1/4″ long FRAME
- B – 1 piece of 1×4 lumber – 12 3/4″ long BOTTOM
- C – 12 piece of 1×4 lumber – 12 3/4″ long, 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 14 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 5″ long LID
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- Adjust the size of the box to suit your needs
- Select the type of wood
- One Weekend
How to build a wine box
The first step of the project is to build the frame of the wine box. Use 1×4 lumber.
Attach the faces to complete the box.
Build the lid from 1×4 and 1x2s. Use brad nails to lock the components together tightly.
Attach the hinges and the latch to the wine box.
First of all, I cut the components for the wine box. I used sandpaper to smooth the cut edges.
I assembled the frame of the wine box using 1 1/4″ brad nails and glue. Make sure the edges are aligned and check if the corners are square.
Continue the project by attaching the faces to the wine box. Apply wood glue to the joints and make sure the edges are flush, before driving the brad nails in.
The wine box is starting to take shape now. I used sandpaper to smooth the edges.
Next, it’s time to assemble the lid for the wine box. I used 1×4 lumber for the top and 1x2s for the trims. Make 45 degree cuts to both ends of the trims.
Add glue to the joints and attach the trims to the top. Align the edges with attention and use 1 1/4″ brad nails to lock the trims to the top.
Attach the other trim to the top.
Add glue to the joints.
Fit the side trims to the wine box. Align the edges with attention, so that the miter joints are accurate.
Clamp the lid to the box and make sure the edges are flush. Next, you need to attach the hinges into place. Drill pilot holes and insert the 1/2″ screws.
One of the last steps of the project is to install the latch to the front of the wine box. Center the latch to the lid and secure it into place with 1/2″ screws.
Fit the other component of the latch to the frame of the wine box.
Although the wine isn’t stained yet, I personally think it looks really rustic.
Another shot with the lid open.
I applied chalkboard paint to the hinges to match the color of the latch. Make sure you apply tape around the hinges to avoid spreading paint over the wood surface.
I applied a few coats of teak stain over the wooden box. Make sure you apply the stain evenly and don’t spread it over the latch. Leave a few hours before the coats of stain, to get a professional result.
Afterwards, I applied a few coats of lacquer over the wooden surface, to seal the finish. Make sure you sand the surface with fine grit sandpaper between the coats. This makes for a rustic wedding gift, and it cost me only 10 dollars to make. You can use more expensive wood, if you aim for an exquisite look.
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