Today I am bringing you an easy peasy wood project that you can probably make from your scrap pile, provided you amass the scraps that I do. I ended up using some rustic shelving board because I adored the wood grain and had some leftover from my mudroom lockers. However, stock lumber can be used as well. The organization this gives me for my mail, keys, checks and file folders is perfect for our family. I originally saw one like this in Target for $39.99 back in September. The problem was the two slots to the left weren’t wide enough for business sized envelopes and I wanted to store bills and checks that needed to be cashed in that area. So I decided to tweak the measurements a bit to fit my needs.
1 x 3 x 4’
1 x 4 x 2’
1 x 8
scrap board at least 12” x 24”
pre-stain wood conditioner
stain (I used Special Walnut by Minwax)
Minwax finishing paste or Polycrylic
1. Cut your measurements as shown. I would recommend cutting your 12” x 24” piece after you assemble everything just in case it isn’t exactly 24” wide.
2. Start by assembling the two boxes to the left. Wood glue and then air nail them together.
3. Next attach those to the left side of the file folder section. Align the bottom shelf with the bottom edge and the top shelf with the top edge. Glue and air nail in place.
This is what the back looks like.
4. Finish putting together the file folder section with glue and wood nails.
5. At this point , stained all my pieces. It makes it way easier than doing it after it is all completely nailed together. I used pre-stain conditioner (so it isn’t splotchy) to give even tone to my stain (Special Walnut by Minwax), and then finished it off with some Minwax Finishing paste, allowing sufficient time to dry between each of them.
6. After everything was dry, I glued the entire thing onto my 12” x 24” piece. Then nail it from the back.
8. Add the keyhole hangers to the back.
This is so dual functioning. It serves as a place for mail, keys and important files, coupons, bills, checks, etc. And it can all me made with scrap lumber or stock lumber at Lowes.
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