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Where do you save your seed packets between your spring and fall gardens?  If you are like most of us, you stuff them in a drawer or have them in an untidy rubberbanded mess.  This article will show you how to build a seed packet storage box that will help organize those seed packets and make them easier to store.

First, you will need to purchase two 1/2 inch by 6 inch by 48 inch boards.  These can be anything from pine or cedar to oak.  I used poplar for mine because it was economical and readily available at my local big box lumber store.

If you are careful in laying out the following cut list you will have just enough wood to make this project.

  • 2 lower ends 1/2 X 3 1/4 X 5
  • 4 upper ends 1/2 X 2 1/2 X 2 3/4
  • 2 lower sides 1/2 X 3 1/4 X 12
  • 2 upper sides 1/2 X 2 3/4 X 12
  • 1 base 1/2 X 5 X 13
  • 2 tops 1/2 X 2 1/2 X12
  • 2 dividers 1/2 X3 1/2 X 4

You will also need two sets of 1 X 1 1/4 flush mount hinges, glue, and 16 gauge 1 X 1 1/4 finish brads.

First, cut the boards to length.  It helps if you make piles of the cut boards by size so you can just grab the size you need quickly and without further measurement.

  1. Take the lower ends and lower sides and glue them together.  The ends butt up against the sides.  Use brads to further secure the ends to the sides.
  2. Place the frame over the bottom edge of the base and glue.  Use brads to further secure the frame to the base.
  1. Measure 4 inches in from each side and place the dividers there.  Glue and secure with brads.
  1. Take two upper ends and an upper side and fastener them together.  The ends butt up against the side.  Secure with glue and brads.  Repeat for the other side.
  2. Fasten the top to each side and end piece with glue and brads.
  1. Sand all sides of the box.
  2. Use one set of hinges on each of the top assemblies to secure the top side to the bottom side.  Repeat on the other side.

Your seed box is completed and ready for use.  Happy seed storage.


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