Build a 1-Board Cedar Trinket Box from 1 cedar fence picket - about $3 for wood.
1 cedar fence picket (1/2” thick, 5 ½” wide, 6’ long) this is the one I’m using:
(to substitute craft boards for the cedar, you’d need 2 36” craft boards @ ½” x 5 ½”)
Handles or knobs for drawer and top (optional)
1” finish nails or brads
Finishing supplies for desired finish
Cut list from ½” x 5 ½” cedar fence picket :
2 pc @ 6 ½” (top & bottom – cut to length measured in step 3a)
3 pc @ 5 ½” (sides & back)
1 pc @ 5” (shelf) (trim this to depth as measured in step 3c)
1 pc @ 2 ½” (false front – trim down if necessary)
1 pc @ 5 3/8”, then cut down to 4 3/8” wide (inside lid, trim to fit inside box)
2 pc @ 2 3/8”, then cut to 5 ¼” wide (drawer front & back,
should measure 2 3/8” x 5 ¼”)
2 pc @ 2 3/8” , then cut to 4” wide (cut these to measurement calculated in step 4)
1 pc @ 4”, then cut to 4 ¼” wide (this will get trimmed to fit , approximately 4” x 4 ¼”)
1 pc @ 1 ½”, then cut 1 pc to 1”, and 1 pc to 3” (or size desired, omit if using store bought pulls)
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
TIPS FOR THIS BUILD:
Since you are building with a cedar fence picket, there will be some rustic elements to this piece.
Sand the picket thoroughly on both sides till smooth, before cutting.
Board thickness for plan is ½” – Measure the thickness of your board, you’ll need it for
determining the length of the drawer sides. (board thickness: ______)
Board width for plan is 5 ½” – Measure the width of your board. This will affect the size of the top/bottom.
Fence Pickets may not be entirely flat. This will impact your build, so you should measure and cut as you go rather than cutting all the pieces up front.
Measure before each cut instead of marking them all at once. This is important because the blade takes about 1/8” for each cut, and there will be a lot of cuts on this board.
Hold off till the building stage before you make your top/bottom, drawer side, shelf, and drawer bottom cuts. Since fence pickets may vary in thickness and width, this will help you get a good fit for the pieces.
The drawer (width and height) is just slightly undersized on purpose, to give you some extra room to account for boards that may have a little bow or cup, so the drawer will still fit.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.