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DIY courier box
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Keep daytime deliveries secure with this simple to build box that doubles as a seat.

You will need:

  • 1 sheet 2.4m x 1.2m x 12mm thick structural plywood
  • 22mm2 x 1.2m long pine trim (optional)
  • Measuring tape and/or long ruler
  • Pencil
  • Nouveau Outdoor Cushion in Blue Heaven (from Mitre 10)
  • Table saw or similar
  • Jig saw or similar
  • Router or similar (optional)
  • Electric sander and sanding block
  • Electric drill
  • Screwdriver
  • 10mm & 20mm long wood screws
  • Wood putty/filler
  • 2 hinges
  • 62mm hasp and staple
  • 30mm set-your-own-combination padlock
  • Adhesive hook-and-loop strips (e.g. Velcro or similar)
  • Needle and thread
  • Clean, dry cloth
  • Resene Lustacryl in a colour of your choice – we used Resene Eighth Truffle
  • Resene Quick Dry primer sealer undercoat
  • Paintbrush or small roller
  • Small artist’s detail brush

Step 1 Download the cut plan and measurements from the bottom of this page, which has been designed to minimise waste and the number of cuts. Measure and cut your plywood using a table saw and jig saw or similar. While you will not need a full sheet of plywood for the project, you will need a minimum surface area of 925mm x 140mm – so feel free to reuse an offcut section from another project if it is large enough. If you would like your courier box to also have a letter slot, you may choose to use a router to give the opening rounded edges.

Step 2 Fill any holes or knots with wood putty and allow it to dry before sanding down all surfaces with an electric sander and/or by hand with a sanding block. Remove any dust by wiping down the entire box with a clean, dry cloth.

Step 3 Prime with Resene Quick Dry then apply two coats of Resene Lustacryl in a colour of your choice – we used Resene Eighth Truffle, a warm mushroom white – allowing each coat to dry completely before painting on the next one.

Step 4 Using an electric drill, drill holes 50mm, 200mm and 250mm from the top edge and 6mm in from the sides down the sides of the front and back panels. Then, drill holes 20mm in and 6mm up from the corner 'notches' you've cut into the bottom (which will become the feet of your box).

Optional: Attach the decorative trim to the top of the box lid with 20mm long screws attached through the bottom of the lid so that it creates a frame for where your cushion will sit.

Step 5 Drill approx. 5mm into the centre of the sides of your box 50mm, 200mm and 250mm from the top edge along each vertical side.