Cedar Seed Storage Box

I had to make a box to meet one of the requirements for my woodworking class in the Construction Technology Program at Victor Valley College.  I happened to notice a nice supply of cedar planks that were about box size in the “lumber store” that the Construction Technology Department at Victor Valley College maintains.  The light bulb went off (a lil’ bit dimly perhaps).  Why not make a box to store some of my seed packets?  The cedar would breathe and deter at least some insects.Wood Stock for Cedar Seed Box

Step 1. Put all pieces of wood stock through the sander until they are all the same depth, and level.

In this case the pieces were all sanded to depth of 5/8 inches.

Step 2. Put a single straight edge on each piece of stock with a finisher.

This edge will be the frame of reference to ensure that following cuts will be square.


3.  Cut width of stock with table saw.

Set depth of teeth so that the carbide face of each tooth clears the wood to be cut.



Set fence distance from blade to width needed to accommodate for sides and seeds – about 5 inches.

Measure 5" Between Fence and Blade.

Double check that width selected will accommodate both side pieces and width of seed packets.

Double Check Width of Top and Bottom.

Keep finished edge to the fence in order to ensure cut is parallel to finished edge and cut stock to consistent widths.

4. Cut lengths with chop saw.

Be sure to keep the finished edge to the fence to minimize error.


Step 5.  Check to make sure pieces fit together.



Step 6. Draw Rabbet and Dados on Stock.


Step 7. Decide on rabbet and dados cut dimension and then select router bit to match.


In this case we will use a 1/4 inch router bit.

Step 8.  Set up Router.







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Step 9. Cut Rabbets and Dados.

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Steps to Do Tomorrow

Cut Rabbets for Top and Bottom

Check Fit

Glue Box Together

Trim Ends





About Caliche Chick

I retired from a career as an Environmental Scientist and Botanist. My first career was teaching science and English as a Second Language (ESL), and content classes for ESL students at the middle school level. I also taught introductory biology at the community college level. I have an avid interest in plants that grow with little to no irrigation. I also keep a vegetable garden, fruit trees, and back yard chickens. When I am not in my yard, I am taking Construction Technology Classes at Victor Valley College and working on my "fixer upper" home.
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