How to Build a Wood Foot Locker

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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)

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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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).

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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

Step 6

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

Step 7

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.

Step 8

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.

Step 9

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

Step 10

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

Step 11

Drill pilot holes for the hinges.

Step 12

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

Step 13

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


Alex Smith

Alex Smith began writing in 2006 and brings a combination of education and humor to various websites. He holds a Master of Arts in theater and works as a professional makeup and special-effects artist.