1 Hour Box Build – Reddit challenge

1 Hour Box Build – Reddit challenge

I built this box for the 1 hour box build challenge on the woodworking subreddit. A bit of warning, this box is rough to say the least. With only an hour, I wasn’t able to flush up the joints and sand it like I normally would.

You can read more about it here:

The one hour box mini-challenge from woodworking

I made the box using white oak. The dimensions are as follows:

Length: 6 1/2 inches
Width: 4 inches
Height: 3 1/2 inches (including thickness of the top)
Thickness of wood: 1/2 inch.


  1. GoldenTV3 on September 5, 2022 at 12:59 am

    It took me like a week to finish my first box. I only used hand tools.

  2. Brian Schroeder on September 5, 2022 at 1:02 am

    I guess I don’t get it. I hate to be a negative nancy but why not spend the extra 5 min sanding, or screw the clock and make an actual nice box in 1hr 15 min.

  3. Jason McCoy on September 5, 2022 at 1:14 am

    I love the joinery on this. Simple and quick. I’m sure that if time would have allowed, you could have cleaned those up and make them look great.

  4. SimpleCove on September 5, 2022 at 1:17 am

    To Brian Schroeder: I wasn’t able to reply directly to your comment, but there was a challenge on reddit to try and build the box in under an hour. I know I had 8 minutes left before I put the finish on, but I wanted to make sure I didn’t run into any finishing issues. I will be making a new video soon on creating a box and will do better on the construction 🙂

  5. Robert Peters on September 5, 2022 at 1:28 am

    3 minutes on the belt sander would have trued up a lot of your edges. Skipping the rabbit and going for a miter would have saved you enough time to improve things as well. Decent little box, but could be better.

  6. Arthur Stacey on September 5, 2022 at 1:30 am

    I’d be ashamed to admit I built that box

  7. FrozenHardrive on September 5, 2022 at 1:42 am

    For a simple and time restrictive build this is actually really good. I’d like to see more as these are usually the best and most entertaining projects.