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How to build a sliding mirror door:

Hello Pretty Handy Readers!  Jaime here from That’s My Letter and today I am sharing a sliding mirror project that is the finishing touch on my newly made over walk-in closet.  I will show you how to build a sliding mirror door using wood, wheels and pipe fittings.

This sliding mirror is my solution to a small walk-in closet with no wall space and no back of the door option for a mirror.  The mirror slides across the room on stationary wheels and a galvanized steel pipe track.

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My pipe extends beyond the built-ins (mainly because that’s the pipe I had on hand) but this also allows for full access to the built-in compartments.

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In the photo below you can see the pipe extends beyond the built-ins at the ceiling:

sliding mirror hardware installed

Simple finger pull holes allow you to glide the mirror along the pipe.  You could get fancy with hardware here but I took the minimalist approach.

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Stationary wheels keep the mirror in place while eliminating the need for any lower track system.

sliding mirror wheel detail

Hello super slim profile!  The whole mirror and wood support is only 1 1/2″ thick so the mirror does not protrude out into the room.

sliding mirror profile

Ready to make this clever sliding mirror? Let’s get to it… Read more

Cory Rolling Storage Ottoman from La-Z-Boy | Pretty Handy Girl

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I’m in love with Cory and all the things he does for me. I can’t believe I just wrote that sentence, but it’s true. Cory has been with me for about two months now and he has easily won over my heart.

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Honest, I’m not cheating on my husband. Cory is our rolling storage ottoman from La-Z-Boy. He scoots up close to our sofa and holds my feet after a long day. During the day, we spend a lot of time together, because this has become my favorite spot to blog.)

Cory Rolling Storage Ottoman from La-Z-Boy | Pretty Handy Girl

Before I go on gushing about Cory, I should tell you that this is a sponsored post for La-Z-Boy and they let me custom design Cory for my home. But, I never realized how much I would love him until he came into my living room.

When the La-Z-Boy design consultant first recommended an upholstered ottoman, I was hesitant. I worried that we wouldn’t have anywhere to set our drinks. But, she told me that I just needed to give Cory a tray to hold drinks and other necessities. Read more

Plenty 'o Storage from One Board | Pretty Handy Girl

Before we get started, did you enter the $1,000 #LoveItMoment giveaway? Only a few days left, so get crackin’!

What would you say if I told you that I took one board…one 1″ x 8″ x 8′ board and created a faux cubby box with Plenty O’ Storage that will work in any room in your home!

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This is a project born out of the #OneBoardChallenge. What’s that you ask? In short, it’s a challenge thrown down by Jen from House of Wood. She challenged 17 bloggers to make something amazing out of one 1″ x 8″ x 8′ board.


I’m here to show you how that one board can be cut up and turned into this beautiful fake cubby storage box:

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And it can store anything you don’t want in plain sight.

Plenty 'o Storage from One Board | Pretty Handy Girl

Today I’ll show you how to build your own Storage Box with Plenty O’ Storage!

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  • 1 – 1″ x 8″ x 8′ board
  • Drill
  • 3/32 drill bit
  • Philips head screwdriver
  • Wire mesh
  • Tin Snips
  • Staple gun
  • 1/4″ staples
  • Pencil
  • 2 – 2″ hinges
  • Magnetic latch
  • 5 – Sash hook lift hardware
  • 4 – {6 x 2 1/4″} wood trim screws
  • Miter saw
  • Table saw
  • Jig saw or Bandsaw

Cut list:

(Note that a 1″ x 8″ board is actually 3/4″ x 7 1/4″. Cut list sizes are actual sizes.)

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  • 1 – 5 1/4″ x 25″
  • 2 – 7 1/4″ x 25″
  • 2 – 7 1/4″ x 8″
  • 1 – 2″ x 25″ (optional for hanging cleat or back stop)



Cut your 1×8″ board into the pieces listed in the cut list above. Most cuts can be made on a miter saw, but you’ll need a table saw to rip the 2″ board and to cut grooves into the face of the storage box. Alternatively, you could skip the fancy details and create a plain face.

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Set the table saw depth to 1/8″ above the saw table. Set the fence at 5″. Cross cut the board along the saw blade to cut grooves into the board. Rotate the board and cut across the other ends of the board. Set the fence at 10″ and repeat on both ends.

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Your board will look like this when you flip it over:

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Download the template shown below, print and cut out the shape.

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Using the template to trace the cut out onto the top of the face sections.

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Use a jigsaw or bandsaw to cut the face profile.

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Pre-drill holes into the four corners of the two 8″ x 7 1/4″ boards.


Collect the four sides of the box ( 2 – 7 1/4″ x 25″ and 2 – 7 1/4″ x 8″)

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Drive wood screws into the sides and into the base of the box. Read more

how to build a wood ammo box

I’m super excited to have Pauline from My Altered State joining us today! It’s been a while since we’ve had a guest on Pretty Handy Girl, and this guest was certainly worth the wait! She’s joining us today to show you How to Build a DIY Decorative Ammo Box! This gorgeous crate may be for decorative purposes, but Pauline studied the construction of real ammo boxes to build it the same way the real ones are built. She’s amazing, and I know you’ll understand why in a minute.

I met Pauline at Haven last year, but I’ve been a fan of her blog way before we met. She is an avid upcycler and loves to use salvage materials in her projects.

She has so many fabulous projects, I had a hard time picking a few to show you. Like this fabulous Map Decoupaged Desk/Chair!

DIY Decorative Ammo Box

Map Decoupaged Desk Chair

Or these beautiful Reclaimed Wood Snowflakes!

Reclaimed Wood Snowflakes

But, by far my favorite DIY project Pauline has completed so far is this desk and art installation in her kitchen!

Kitchen Nook Art Installation

And now, Pauline has an easy and unique tutorial for us today! Please clap, cheer and get on your feet for the amazing Pauline from My Altered State!

When I started blogging, I never dreamed that I would one day meet THE Pretty Handy Girl in person, let alone find myself writing a guest post for her.  So having said that, imagine how excited I am right now as I write my first guest post on Pretty Handy Girl!  Now it’s time to get started.  I hope you enjoy my DIY Decorative Ammo Box project.

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Wooden military ammunition boxes have been a staple in the vintage repurposing and upcycling world for a while. They are a versatile storage item with an industrial flavor, but sometimes they are hard to find. That’s when I get the urge to build.

In an effort to keep this tutorial from being too lengthy, you can find info on finishing and aging wood in this post. Now let’s get building.

DIY Decorative Ammo Box Materials:

To create a box with the dimensions of 27″ wide x 7″ tall x 10″ deep, purchase the following:

  • (2) 1″ x 6″ x 6′
  • (2) 1″ x 2″ x 6′
  • (1) 1″ x 4″ x 6′
  • Rope
  • Gorilla tape
  • Wood glue
  • 2 Hinges
  • Drill
  • Drill bit same thickness of rope
  • Clamp
  • Pencil
  • 2″ nails
  • Nailgun (or hammer)
  • Miter saw

DIY Decorative Ammo Box Cut List:

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  • 2 – 1″ x 2″ cut to 10 1/4″ (cut ends at 30 degree bevel as shown above)
  • 4 – 1″ x 2″ cut to 5 3/4″
  • 2 – 1″ x 2″ cut to 25 1/2″
  • 2 – 1″ x 4″ cut to 25 1/2″
  • 2 – 1″ x 6″ cut to 8 3/4″
  • 2 – 1″ x 6″ cut to 25 1/2″
  • 2 – 1″ x 6″ cut to 27 1/4″

DIY Decorative Ammo Box Instructions:

By copying the design of an authentic ammo box, I will show you how to build this DIY Decorative Ammo Box clear down to the way the handles are attached.

Lay out all your pieces for a “dry run” of the design:

  • Bottom of box: (1″ x 6″ x 25 1/2″) + (1″ x 2″ x 25 1/2″) + (1″ x 4″ x 25 1/2″) boards.
  • Front and Back of box: 1″ x 6″ x 27 1/4″ boards
  • Sides of box (with rope handle): 1″ x 6″ x 8 3/4″ boards

Mark the location for your rope handles (approximately 2″ down from the top of the box.)

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During the dry run, notice that the front and back pieces are an inch longer on each side. The stabilizing 1″ x 2″ pieces will rest on the ground, while the four sides of the box rest on the base.

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After all the ammo box collecting I’ve done over the years, you’d think I would have noticed how the handles were installed on the real thing. Nope. Never paid attention until now. Here’s a close up of the real thing:

military wood ammo box

A notch is hollowed out where the end of the rope goes, and then secured in place with nails. This design actually keeps any rope ends or knots from being visible on the inside of the box. Clever.

To create the notch, clamp two 1″ x 2″ x 5 3/4″ stabilizer pieces together. Use the drill bit to drill a hole directly in between the two pieces of wood. Repeat using two more 1″ x 2″ x 5 3/4″ pieces.

drill holes for rope handles

Use Gorilla Tape (or duct tape) to seal the end of the rope and keep it from unraveling.

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Rest the end of the rope into the notch of the stabilizer 1″ x 2″ and add wood glue to the stabilizer and the taped rope end.

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While holding the handle (stabilizer) pieces in place, drive the first nails through the wood, into the rope end and into the side of the box.

ammo box handles

After driving two nails into the stabilizer pieces to secure the rope, drive two more nails through the front and back of the box, into the sides of the stabilizer pieces (as shown below.) Then go ahead and glue/nail all the sides together, while keeping it rested on top of the bottom boards.  (This will help you keep everything aligned and square.) Once all the sides are nailed together, flip the whole box upside down, and glue and nail the bottom boards into the frame of the ammo box.

diy ammo box secure sides

Assembling the lid:

The three lid boards are identical to the boards on the bottom of the box: (1″ x 6″ x 25 1/2″) + (1″ x 2″ x 25 1/2″) + (1″ x 4″ x 25 1/2″) The lid boards are secured together by the two 1″ x 2″ x 10 1/4″ cross supports (the two pieces with both ends beveled at 30°.)

wooden ammo box lid

Nail on the cross supports about 2″  from outside ends of the lid.

ammo box lid

Attach the lid:

For a long time, if there were hinges involved in a project, I walked away in tears.  That is, until I discovered this little invention: a drill bit for hinges (affiliate link). I can’t say it enough as this little guy has saved my sanity a thousand times over.

Drill holes for the hinges, about 5 1/2″ from the outside edges of the box, and attach the hinges to the box and the lid.

drill bit for installing hinges

And that’s it!

how to build a wood ammo box

You’ve got yourself an ammo box, that has never actually held ammo.  What will you do with yours?

faux ammo box

I can think of a lot of other things that I might hide inside this box, like Wii remotes.  (After I add a lock, of course.)  😉

Visit this tutorial for the “how to” on the stain/distressing techniquefor this ammo box, where you’ll find great tips on aging wood with stain.

open ammo box

Hope you enjoyed!

Did I tell you Pauline is amazing or what?!


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Who needs kids book storage that is easily accessible and holds a ton of books?  I’m Jaime from That’s My Letter and today I’m sharing a DIY wall bookrack with free plans to build your own.

This bookrack building project will have all your books corralled in no time.  The shelves are tapered and have plenty of depth for multiple books or thicker books.

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Personally I love this display style storage because it allows kids to see the book covers, easily making reading more enticing!

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I added a center cut out for style points, but this is totally optional. It doesn’t affect the operation of the bookrack.

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At only 4 1/2″ deep the bookrack is unobtrusive but still provides plenty of useful storage.


  • 1 – 1x5x10 pine board
  • 1 – 1x4x10 pine board
  • 1 – 1x3x6 pine board
  • 1 – 1x2x6 pine board
  • 1/4″ plywood (1/2 sheet)
  • chop saw
  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • sandpaper
  • wood putty
  • drill
  • pocket hole jig
  • 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1 1/4″ & 3/4″ finish nails
  • finish nailer or hammer
  • wood glue
  • french cleat


Click here to download the step-by-step instructions to construct this bookrack.  Read through plans first before beginning.

bookshelf tapered plans

Cut list:

2 – 1×4 @ 31 ½” (sides)

3 – 1×5 @ 36” (shelf fronts)

1 – 1×4 @ 34 1/2” (bottom shelf base)

1 – 1×3 @ 34 ½” (middle shelf base)

2 – 1×2 @ 34 ½” (top shelf base & top cross support)

1 – ¼” plywood @ 36” x 31 ½” (back)

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Step 1: Sides. Follow measurements in guide above to cut out sides. Use a jigsaw and clamps to hold your wood steady. Cut 2 sides.

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Tip: To ensure sides are equal, clamp together then sand smooth.

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Step 2: Shelf fronts. Attach (3) shelf fronts to sides at notched locations using glue and 1 ¼” finish nails. Read more