Bed slats need not be flat

Our neighbours were downsizing and we inherited a set of Ikea solid wood bed slats from their storage.  The wood can make a good shelving unit but we ended up with this ‘box’ which could very well be a pretty planter box, although I made it a seat / storage box.  It is quite simple to make and didn’t need much measuring as the pieces of wood were all either 1/2 or 1/3 of the lengths (unless you want to make it bigger).

What you’ll need:

Bench (to work on)
Set square (to make sure that the joins are roughly at right angles)
Bed slats

Make the bottom first.  Then the 2 longer sides.  Attach the 2 longer sides to the bottom.  Then make the 2 shorter sides and attach them to the bottom and the other 2 sides, to complete the box (without lid).  Lastly make the lid.  And there you have upcycled the wood, that you so often see thrown out or destined to be firewood!

1_bed_slats 2_cut_up 3_hammer_join 4_constructed 5_constructed2 6_box_with_lid

I don’t have very detailed instructions because there wasn’t really a plan…I just made it up as I went along.  It was based on this planter box idea.  The pictures should give you a good idea what to do.  Please ask if you have any questions.