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How to Build Custom Storage Boxes

Host Karl Champley shows how to build storage boxes for a cabinet, and he customizes them with beadboard.

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  • Time


  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard


Step 1: Sketch a Design

Measure the spaces for the storage boxes and sketch a rough design for the boxes. Each box will have a bottom and four sides. Decide which sides – either the front and back or the left and right – will go on the "outside" of the others.

Step 2: Dry-Fit the Panels

Cut and dry-fit the bottom and side panels for the boxes.

Step 3: Assemble the Boxes

Use wood glue and a nail gun to assemble the boxes. Nail into the joints from the outside of the box for secure butt joints. Make sure all corners are square.

Step 4: Attach the Beadboard

Cut the beadboard to fit the front panel of each box. Attach the beadboard with glue and nails.

Step 5: Attach the Molding

Add a strip of corner molding along the top edges for a more finished look. Measure and cut the molding, and then attach it with glue and nails.

Step 6: Paint the Boxes

Prime and paint the boxes. Once the paint is dry, attach drawer pulls or other hardware for easy access to the contents.

Step 7: Attach Rubber Feet

Hammer rubber feet into the bottoms of the boxes so they don't scrape the cabinet when pulled out.




  • Chop saw from Delta Tools
  • Power tools from Porter-Cable Corporation
  • Hand tools from Klein Tools