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
- Bauer 4-1/2″ 5.8 Amp Compact Circular Saw (Item 56164)
- Bauer 3/8 In. Corded Close Quarters Drill (Item 57148)
- Bauer Titanium Drill Bit Set, 17 Pc. (Item 64198)
- Warrior 19-In-1 Compact Cordless Screwdriver Set (Item 56757)
- Warrior 9″ x 11″ Aluminum Oxide Sanding Sheets Assortment 10 Pk. (Item 69968, 93105)
Follow These Steps:
- 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.
- Lightly sand the pieces using 60-grit paper to ensure each has straight 90° edges.
- Use wood glue to attach all the pieces according to Diagram 2. Allow the glue time to bond.
- 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.
- 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.
- Similar to step 5, install the two hinges with their provided screws on F1 and F2.
- Use your wood glue and line the inside of the box with the felt.
- 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 hf.tools/diy. With Harbor Freight Tools, you can do it yourself!