How to Make a Wooden Carrying Case


Whether carrying musical instruments or filling it with objects around your home, a wooden carrying case can hold just about everything, and allow you to keep some of your belongings in one place. Making one is a great project for woodworking beginners, who want to familiarize themselves with wood-cutting power tools. Here's how to make one.

Step 1

Measure out and mark two 9-inch by 12-inch wood panels from your hardwood.

Step 2

Measure out and mark another four 8-inch long by 3-inch wide pieces and four 12-inch long by 3-inch wide pieces.

Step 3

Saw out the pieces you marked in Steps 1 and 2.

Step 4

Line up the 3-inch by 12-inch pieces on the edge of one of your 9-inch by 12-inch boards. See Figure 1.

Step 5

Screw the 3-inch wide boards onto the 12-inch edges at the edges and in the middle using the 3-inch screws. Do this for all of the 12-inch long sides.

Step 6

Fit the 3-inch wide by 8-inch long pieces under the 9-inch wide by 12-inch long boards and between two of the lengthwise panels you screwed in Step 5. Screw them in using the 3-inch screws. See Figure 2. Do this with all the 3-inch wide by 8-inch long panels.

Step 7

Stain and paint your wooden pieces. You should have two halves of a box.

Step 8

Flip your box half onto its flat side, and screw in two hinges to your box using the 3/8-inch-long screws as shown in Figure 3. Do this for the other side.

Step 9

Pick up a set of handles and a latch at a craft store. They should come with a set of plates to screw into the box.

Step 10

Center one handle on the long side of the box, on the side opposite from the hinge, and screw it in with the 3/8 inch screws. Do this for the other side.

Step 11

Center your latch between the handles and screw on your latch on either side of the box. See Figure 4.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always take care when using power tools. Wear gloves and protective eyewear.

Things You'll Need

  • One sheet 4' x 8' x 1/2" plywood
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Saw (table saw, jigsaw or handsaw)
  • Sandpaper
  • Drill with drill bits
  • Screws (3 inch and 3/8 inch long)
  • Wood stain
  • Two 3-inch-wide hinges
  • Handles
  • Latches for closures


  • Wood Carry Case
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