Watch Box – DIY Project Instructions

This time the best gift is the box itself! A project perfect for a beginner woodworker, give your DIY Watch Box a personal touch. Customize it with decorative clasps and hinges, wood stains, and engravings!


  • 1. (1) 2 ft. x 3.5″ x 0.25″ Oak Hobby Wood Board
  • (1) Clasp (Choose a Set with 0.25″ Screws)
  • (2) Mortise Hinges (Choose a Set with 0.25″ Screws)
  • Wood Glue
  • Masking Tape
  • Black Felt
  • Optional: Scrap Fabric (At Least a 4″ x 4″ Square)
  • Optional: Pony Beads
  • Optional: Thread

Recommended Tools:

Follow These Steps:

  1. Cut the hobby board into the 10 pieces that will make up the box. Use the dimensions in Diagram 1. We recommend using the Bauer 4-1/2″ 5.8 Amp Compact Circular Saw for speedy cuts. TIP: For beginners, measure out and cut each piece at a time. This will give you more accurate pieces so that you don’t have to account for blade thickness.
  2. Lightly sand the pieces using 60-grit paper to ensure each has straight 90° edges.
  3. Use wood glue to attach all the pieces according to Diagram 2. Allow the glue time to bond.
  4. Sand the entire piece again to smooth the surface and lightly round sharp edges. Sand with the grain of the wood, using 60, 100, 150, then 200-grit sand paper.
  5. Place the clasp where you plan to install it on E1 and E2. Temporarily secure it with masking tape. Use the Bauer 3/8″ Corded Close Quarters Drill to create a pilot hole. Use the Warrior 19-In-1 Compact Cordless Screwdriver Set and the clasp set’s provided screws to attach the clasp.
  6. Similar to step 5, install the two hinges with their provided screws on F1 and F2.
  7. Use your wood glue and line the inside of the box with the felt.
  8. Optional: Sew a simple pillow 3.5″ x 3.5″ out of fabric to hold your watch. Fill about 75% of it with plain pony beads.

See all of Harbor Freight’s DIY project instructions at With Harbor Freight Tools, you can do it yourself!

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