Stair Storage Box Plans



This clever step-hugging box collects all that stuff for the next trip up or down the stairs! Our plans make it easy to build. Quick and easy download.


Stair Storage Box Plans


I have to admit that when I was asked to design and build this project it struck me as odd. Why would anyone want a junk box at the bottom of the stairs? Just as I was wondering about the judgment of project director Paul Lewis, I noticed my wife, Jill, arms filled with stuff, on her way upstairs. That's when I knew we could use one of these things after all.

There are important details to think about when designing a project like this. Size, weight and shape spring to mind, all of which are practical issues. That's why this project struck me as being more about utility than aesthetics. Sure, it needs to look good, but if that's all it does, the project is a failure.

I have a pretty good stash of old pine planks I've pulled from our house, so I decided to use some for this project. I also decided it would be a great opportunity to introduce you to hand-cut dovetails. They're much easier to cut in soft wood because too-tight parts still interlock fairly well.

I would have liked to build the stair box with standard 3/4"-thick lumber, but in the interests of keeping weight down, I opted for 1/2" material. If you don't have a thickness planer, consider visiting a friend who does, or plane your stock down by hand. The pieces aren't large and you'll have no trouble if you choose relatively knot-free wood. Before you cut the sides and ends to length and width for both the bottom and top box, measure the rise of your stairs. My design is ideal for stairs that rise 9", though that's easily adjusted by varying the height of the bottom box.

This is a sample of our custom made set of woodworking plans that are included already in our full site wood plans package, which also contains 15,000 more great wood plans like this. These small sample plans are intended to give our customers a preview of our large woodworking plans package before they purchase it. Please note, this particular item does not include the thousands of bonus wood plans on that package, this is for one plan only. This is one of the plans included as part of the complete woodworking plans package. Perhaps if this plan is all you need, then purchase it direct, otherwise, our full site access plan package is the best overall value.

Our plans are designed and written to be easy to follow and understand. This is a very simple plan with very simple instructions. You don't need an engineering degree and be able to read complex blueprints to understand our plans. You should be comfortable with woodworking and have good solid building skills, but our blueprints are still designed to be easy to read.

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