How to build a wood hammer

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Let’s face the facts: A clothes hamper may not be the most expensive piece of furniture that you will ever buy. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t use a canvas bag or an open top basket to store your dirty clothes. We were delighted to see so many hampers on the market with furniture-like features. This inspired us to create a hamper like the one shown here. The top and sides of the hamper are made from stock beadboard plywood, with 1x material framing. We used a piece of scrap plywood to make the hamper’s floor. If you don’t have one, you can use beadboard.

This simple design is flexible. The basic design can be painted or stained, and plain plywood can be used instead of beadboard to make the sides. You can also add a handle to it, as well as screw cup hooks in the lid to hang laundry bags. Your imagination is the only limit. Use the cut list at thisoldhouse.com/bonus to help you build it, and when you’re done, double-check to make sure no nails are sticking out inside the bin. We don’t want your new hamper to cause snags in the wardrobe.

Step 1

Make two handles per the cut list and cut parts to size.

Beadboard panel front and back: Two @ 21 by 17 3/4 Inches

Beadboard panel sides: Two @ 21 by 11 inches

One-by-3 crosspieces: Four @ 8 Inches (from two of these cut a center 4 1/2-by-1-inch hole with rounded ends).

Floor (beadboard, plywood): One @ 17 5/8 x 10 1/8 Inches

Beadboard panel, lid: One @ 18 1/2 x 11 Inches

Step 2

Make the Legs

To form four legs, secure the 1×2 edge of a leg piece to the 1×3 edge of a leg piece.

Step 3

Attach the Floor Support and Panels

Attach the front and back panels, 2 inches apart, to the back of the 1×3 leg sections. Attach the side panels to both the front and back of the 1×2 leg parts. Between the front and back panels, secure floor supports.

Step 4

Trim Hamper and Install Floor

Crosspieces should be secured so that the lower ones are flush with bottoms of panels, and the upper ones with handle cutouts flush with tops of legs. Screws should be driven at an angle into the legs through the upper crosspieces’ top edges. Attach the plywood floor to the floor supports.

Step 5

Assemble and attach the lid

The short frame pieces of the lid should be secured between the long frames. Attach the panel to your frame. Two butt hinges are used to attach the lid to your hamper. On one side, add a stop hinge.

Tools & Materials

  • Circular saw

  • Miter saw

  • Jigsaw

  • Brad nailer

  • Drill/driver

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