Homemade Wooden Watch Box

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Things You'll Need

  • 1/4-inch-thick hardwood

  • Miter box saw

  • 180-grit sandpaper

  • 220-grit sandpaper

  • Wood glue

  • Corner clamp

  • Wood stain

  • Small box hinges

  • Drill

  • Cardboard tube

  • Fabric

  • Fabric glue

Keep your watch or watches organized, protected and tidily stored when you are not wearing them with a watch box. Watch boxes also make great gifts for watch lovers. Build your own unique watch box using a high-quality hardwood of your choice. A watch box is made with a hinged lid and has a circular, padded insert inside in order to retain the shape of the watch. Follow the same basic steps for building any size watch box.


Step 1

Determine the size of your watch box. A watch box for a single watch is 4 inches long, 4 inches wide and 4 inches deep. Add 2 1/2 inches to the length for each additional watch if you want to make a larger box.

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Step 2

Cut the top and bottom out of 1/8-inch-thick hardwood. Make them 4 inches by 4 inches for a single watch box. Add 2 1/2 inches to the length for each additional watch if making a larger watch box.

Step 3

Cut the sides for the box out of 1/4-inch-thick hardwood. For a single watch box, each side will be 4 inches by 2 1/2 inches. Add 2 1/2 inches to the front and back sides for each additional watch if making a larger watch box. Cut the edges at a 45-degree angle so the corners can be connected like the corners of a frame.


Step 4

Sand the parts starting with 180-grit sandpaper, then finish with 220-grit sandpaper.

Step 5

Glue the parts together for the lid and the box. Place the corners in a corner clamp while the glue dries to ensure a tight fit and a perfect, 90-degree corner.


Step 6

Sand the corners lightly with 220-grit sandpaper.

Step 7

Stain the lid and box, inside and out, with a stain of your choice.

Step 8

Affix the lid to the box with to small box hinges. Pre-mark the holes and drill pilot holes for screwing in the screws before permanently affixing the hinges. Use a drill bit that is smaller than the hinge screws.


Step 9

Line the top and bottom inside the box with velvet, felt or another soft fabric. Cut the fabric to fit and attach with fabric glue.

Step 10

Cut a cardboard tube to fit the length of the box. Stuff the tube with wadded up paper to ensure that it will not get smashed. Cover the tube with velvet, felt, or another soft-type fabric. Cut the ends of the fabric to extend 2 1/2 inches beyond the ends of the tube. Cover the tube in fabric glue and roll the fabric onto the tube. Tuck the fabric that extends beyond the ends of the tube into the ends of the tube. Insert the tube into the box.


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