Refurbished Filing Chest

Refurbished Filing Chest

Refurbish an old filing chest with a fresh coat of paint and increased functionality!


5 col

Difficulty: Intermediate

Materials
Repurposed wood filing chest
Plastic filing tray bracket
(2) 14” x 14” x 3/4” plywood (or dimensions of inside chest lid)
(2) 12” x 12” burlap covered corkboard tiles (or 2” smaller than plywood)
(3) 1” x 2” x 14” lumber (or width of inside of chest)
(2) 1” x 2” x 3” lumber
Drill with a 1/8” drill bit and Phillips head bit
(2) 2” wood screws
(4) 1” wood screws
(8) 1 1/2” wood screws
Wood glue
Acrylic paint and primer in one, 2 colors of choice (1 base, 1 accent)
Paintbrush
Painter’s tape
Tape measure
12” level
Decorative tray that fits inside chest
Decorative pushpins
Hanging files

Directions

Note: Remove the chest lid from the body before starting this project to make it easier to follow the steps. It will be reattached at the end of the project.

PAINTING THE CHEST:

  1. Protect any sections of the chest that you don’t want painted with painter’s tape. These might be metal accents or decorative handles. Paint the inside and outside of the chest in the base color of your choice. Paint the (2) 14” x 14” x 3/4” plywood in the accent color of your choice. Allow paint to dry for 2-4 hours or until dry to the touch before moving onto the next step

ASSEMBLING THE LUMBER SUPPORTS:

  1. Two lumber supports will be added to the inside of the filing chest to hold the plastic filing bracket. To assemble the Support 1, take (2) 1” x 2” x 14” lumber and set the pieces at 90° to each other. Use a drill with a 1/8” bit to drill a pilot hole through the top of one piece of lumber and into the second piece at each end. Secure the two pieces of lumber together using a drill with a Phillips head bit and (2) 1 1/2” wood screws (See images below)

  1. To assemble the Support 2, 1” x 2” x 3” lumber will be placed at each end of 1” x 2” x 14” lumber. Drill 1/8” pilot holes through one end of each 1” x 2” x 3” lumber and corresponding pilot holes into the 1” x 2” x 14” lumber. Secure the pieces together using a drill with a Phillips head bit and (2) 1 1/2” wood screws (See images below)

ADDING THE FILING TRAY BRACKET TO THE CHEST:

  1. Place one hanging file onto the filing tray bracket. Hold the bracket in the chest so the bottom of the hanging file is touching the chest bottom. Mark with a pencil on the chest directly under the bracket on all four corners. This will be where the lumber supports are placed in the next steps (See images below)

  1. Set the filing tray bracket to one side. Hold Support 1 up to the inside edge of the chest with the top of the support at the pencil marks from Step 4. Check with a level the support is straight. Secure the support to the side of the chest using a drill with a Phillips head bit and (2) 1 1/2” wood screws (See images below)
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  1. Hold Support 2 up across the inside of the chest at the second set of pencil marks from Step 4, also with the top of the support at the pencil marks. Check with a level that it’s straight. Secure the support to the side of the chest using a drill with a Phillips head bit and (2) 1 1/2” wood screws (See images below)

  1. Rest the filing tray bracket on top of the supports. Fill with hanging files. Place a decorative tray on top of the filing bracket to hold additional supplies (See images below)

ADDING PIN BOARDS TO CHEST LID:

Note: For our chest lid, there was a raised piece of wood down the center of each side. If your chest lid is different, adjust Step 8 to use wood screws in a place that best attaches the plywood to your lid.

  1. Place the 14” x 14” x 3/4” plywood in each side of the chest lid. Attach each plywood piece to the lid using a drill with a Phillips head bit and a 1 1/2” wood screw through the center and into the raised pieces of wood (See images below)

  1. Apply wood glue over the back of the burlap covered corkboard tiles. Eyeball the center of each piece of plywood from Step 8 and press the corkboard tiles of them (See images below)

  1. Secure the corkboards to the plywood using a drill with a Phillips head bit and (2) 1 1/2” wood screws with washers per corkboard (See images below)

  1. Add push pins to the corkboards to hold notes and paperwork
  1. Reattach the chest lid to the chest using the original hardware (See image below)

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