How to Make Simple Box Bottoms | Wood Box Making

How to Make Simple Box Bottoms | Wood Box Making

Step by step how to make a stupid simple bottom for a wood box or cabinet drawer. I make a lot of boxes, which obviously includes wood panels for box bottoms. If you want to make a box or cabinet drawer and aren’t sure on how to do it, maybe this video will help to explain how easy it can be. In this video, I’m making a box bottom for a box with miter corners. If you are using another type of joinery such as dovetails, box joints, or rabbet joints, then the same process applies; however, you may have to use a router and plunge the workpiece down, avoiding cutting all the way through the ends. For an example of how to do this, check out my video on making a rosewood box:
If you don’t have a planer or drum sander, don’t sweat it. A drum sander makes sanding panels faster, but I didn’t use one for years without a problem. This same process works for any thickness panel so you can buy 1/4” plywood (including walnut plywood) and you have an instant box bottom, no planing required!

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  1. IKLEANV on May 26, 2023 at 11:32 am

    Did you use box wood ?

  2. gum tree on May 26, 2023 at 11:32 am

    Can you make me a few boxes ?

  3. J B on May 26, 2023 at 11:32 am

    Awesome video! Your project videos are great but I love your instructional videos! You do a great job of explaining each step and making it look so easy.

  4. MrRod4000 on May 26, 2023 at 11:36 am

    That’s cool for miter joints. But with box or finger joints, you need a blind dado. Do you have a simple way to do that?

  5. Leyton Lindsay on May 26, 2023 at 11:37 am

    I am a new subscriber to your channel and love making boxes. Your approach to fitting the bottoms to the box alone makes the subscription worth it. I have been sneaking up on the fit for my bottoms a lot of trial and error; but the use of a combination square is going to simplify my life. Thanks for the great video!!!

  6. Tom Sommer on May 26, 2023 at 11:39 am

    Brilliantly done.

  7. atteljas on May 26, 2023 at 11:40 am

    Move over Doug Stow and Matt Kenney! You should make a book on boxes!

  8. Efrain Carrillo on May 26, 2023 at 11:45 am

    That was such genius idea for measuring. I’ve been fumbling around trying to figure out how to do it. So thank you for the awesome tip!!

  9. Air daff on May 26, 2023 at 11:48 am

    What if you are trying to build a frame around a pre existing bottom that you don’t want to cut? What is the math for the additional mitered joints? So if you have an 8 inch bottom, what do the sides need to be to account for that miter. Is it just the thickness of the sides times 2? Thanks

  10. Simo Perätalo on May 26, 2023 at 11:54 am

    That’s a fine box!

  11. Flyingdutchman586 on May 26, 2023 at 11:55 am

    Nice wood, well cut.

  12. Jeff Carr on May 26, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    Ok, Box bottoms, check – do you plan to do a video about different box lids ?

  13. David Rodes on May 26, 2023 at 12:02 pm

    Your channel has become one of my favorites…. Your way of teaching is very clear… you talk us through the process and don’t talk “at us”, and don’t include useless nonsense. I’m very appreciative for this video and many MANY of your others

  14. Newton Makes on May 26, 2023 at 12:03 pm

    I never want to skip over the fundamentals of a project. I thought this video may help those who are new to making boxes or cabinet drawers and would like some tips on how to construct the bottom. There are a few ways to do this depending on the joinery used. I talk about it more in the video description.

  15. SxmTech on May 26, 2023 at 12:03 pm

    Love it

  16. Quirt D'Rozario on May 26, 2023 at 12:06 pm

    This is very useful to know. Thank you.

  17. Dave Schmitt on May 26, 2023 at 12:09 pm

    Very helpful

  18. Bradley Gann on May 26, 2023 at 12:09 pm

    I was racking my brain on the best way to get the perfect bottom fit. Super clear video of how to do it. Thank you.

  19. Bob Lasley on May 26, 2023 at 12:10 pm

    Good to see you back at it Billy!! Awesome job on the video.

  20. herbsu43 on May 26, 2023 at 12:10 pm

    Good technique and tutorial. Do you have a video for tops ?

  21. Lyle Hough on May 26, 2023 at 12:15 pm

    thank you for your video. Well done.

  22. Tom Sommer on May 26, 2023 at 12:25 pm

    What are you going to do with those curvy slabs in the back ground. I have some of those but haven’t figured out what I to do with them. I own a sawmill here in Northwest Arkansas. I mill all hardwood. Thanks.

  23. WhatsATown WithoutNoDucks on May 26, 2023 at 12:27 pm

    Glad to see you’re fighting through the Zombie plague to keep putting out videos!

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