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Build a small rustic storage chest

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  • Completion Time : 1 Day

This attractive small chest made from pine adds a touch of charm to a rustic or country-style decor and provides useful storage space in any room of the house.
Measuring 20" high by 26 7/8" wide and 14 ¾" deep, it is big enough to hold items such as books, bottles, and even clothes or linens.
The main structure is made from pine and the sides from pine panelling. It is fairly simple to build, although the use of a pneumatic nail gun is required.


Tools and materials required


  • Table saw
  • Circular saw or mitre saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Driver drill
  • Router table
  • Nailer
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil


  • 1 piece knotty pine, 2" x 36" x 96"
  • 1 pack pine panelling
  • 1 pine board, ¾" x 5" x 96"
  • 1 pine panel, ¾" x 16" x 72"
  • 1 magnetic latch
  • 1 – 30"piano hinge with ¾" No.6 screws
  • 1 – 5" straight door stay
  • Carpenter's glue
  • ½" nails for nailer
  • 1 ¼" nails for nailer
  • 2" nails for nailer
  • 3" nails for nailer

Before Assembly


Storage wooden chest elevations



The router is a motorized tool that can be equipped with a wide variety of cutters, or bits, making it extremely versatile. Router bits exist for a panoply of woodworking projects, including making mouldings or casings, carving grooves (e.g. for inserting drawer bottoms or cabinet door panels), professionally finishing the edges of pieces of stock (boards, shelves, tables), planing surfaces and even making dovetail joints. Router bits are often sold in sets, usually with illustrations of the shapes or patterns that they can cut.
Depending on the model of router and type of work involved, the user can either move the router along the fixed material (e.g. to follow curves) or move the material itself along a fixed router table (e.g. to carve grooves). A number of routers are designed to be used either way and can be fastened upside down under a router table.



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Rustic pine storage chest
Build a small rustic storage chest