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Mini Office in a Chest How-To

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Unfinished wooden chest

  • Clear-plastic hanging-folder

  • File cases

  • 1/4-inch-thick cork

  • Cork glue

  • Wood glue

  • Molding

  • Cutlery holder (or modular wooden craft boxes)

  • Paint or stain


  1. We bought clear-plastic hanging folder file cases, slightly smaller than the chest interior, and slipped them inside.

  2. Cut two layers of 1/4-inch-thick cork (available at office-supply stores) to the size of your lid; affix them with cork glue to create a bulletin board.

  3. Use wood glue to attach a strip of molding along each side of the chest, several inches below the lip, to support a tray of office supplies. A cutlery holder may be wide enough, or you can glue together modular wooden craft boxes, and paint or stain them to match the chest.

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