How to Build a Wood Foot Locker


A foot locker is a convenient place to store things. It can double as a piece of furniture if needed, and you can make it to any size that you need. Building a foot locker out of wood is a fairly simple project, made easier by the fact that you can have a lumberyard cut all of the pieces for you. All you have to do is screw them together and add the hardware.

Things You'll Need

  • 1-by-12-inch board
  • Tape measure
  • Saw
  • 1-by-4-inch board
  • 1/2-inch plywood
  • Drill
  • Wood screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Paint or stain (optional)
  • Hinges
  • Lock (optional)
  • Cut a 1-by-12-inch board into two 30-inch and two 16-inch pieces. Cut a 1-by-4-inch board into pieces of the same length.

  • Cut two rectangles out of high quality, 1/2-inch plywood. They should both measure 30 by 17.5 inches.

  • Assemble a box with the 1-by-12 pieces. The 30-inch pieces will sandwich the 16-inch pieces between them, resulting in a box that measures 30 by 17.5 (the 1-by-12 is actually only 3/4-inch thick).

  • Drill small pilot holes through the 30-inch boards and into the sides of the 16-inch boards. Each corner gets three pilot holes: one near the top, one near the bottom and one in the middle.

  • Screw the box together with 1.5-inch wood screws through the pilot holes.

  • Assemble the 1-by-4 boards into a box following steps 3-5. Each corner gets two screws instead of three.

  • Position the plywood rectangles on top of the boxes. Drill pilot holes every five inches and screw the rectangles in place with 1.5-inch wood screws.

  • Paint or stain the two boxes as desired. If this foot locker is for your child's bedroom, let him help you paint it. You can also leave a natural wood finish if you prefer.

  • Place the small box upside-down on top of the large box. It will form the lid.

  • Hold two hinges against the back seam and mark the positions of their holes on the wood with a pencil.

  • Drill pilot holes for the hinges.

  • Screw the hinges in place with 1/2-inch wood screws.

  • Attach a lock on the front (if desired) following the same method as the hinges.


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