Make easy DIY storage boxes

Make these storage boxes using PAR pine available at your local Builders Warehouse. Paint them with Plascon in pastel shades, or go bold with a can or two of Rust-Oleum 2X in your choice of colour. These storage boxes can be stacked on top of each other against a wall, or mounted onto the wall. You can build as many boxes as you like, in different sizes, to make a wonderful storage display.


PAR pine 94mm wide x 1.8 metre lengths
Wood glue
180-grit sandpaper
Double-sided tape
Choice of paint to finish


Framing square
Pneumatic nail gun OR hammer and panel pins
Tape measure and pencil
Jigsaw and clean-cut blade


1. Cut your pine to lengths of 800mm, which is slightly longer than the length of the box you want to build. Stick the pine to your work surface with double-sided tape and use a framing square to make sure the boards are at a 90-degree angle. This L-shaped assembly frame will help you build the boxes so they stay square as you proceed. You can use any straight boards for the assembly frame as long as they are not twisted or bowed.

Sand all the cut pieces with 180-grit sandpaper before assembly.
For this project we show a pneumatic air gun, but if you don't have one of these tools you can use wood glue and a few panel pins hammered in along the length.

2. Place the slats for the side section of the box [A] flush up against the assembly frame. Glue and nail the framing planks [C] with their outside edges flush with the slat ends but with the bottom ends of the planks overhang the bottom edge of the sides by 20mm (or the same thickness of the timber or board you are using). Repeat this process for the bottom section.

3. Flip over and nail the corner braces to the edge of the side panels.

4. Position the planks for the top and bottom. Apply a bead of wood glue and then nail the corner braces to secure.

Adding a shelf to your box
If you want to add a shelf, glue together 3 pieces of corner braces. Secure this using steel angle brackets, shelf brackets or by drilling through the sides and securing with screws.

After applying a coat of wood primer, you can paint the storage boxes with any acrylic paint in your choice of colour. You can also go bold with one of the Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint colours.

Hanging your storage boxes
You can stack the boxes up against the wall, or hang them by adding [2] picture hangers at the back.