DIY Nesting Boxes

Always dream of making nesting boxes by yourself? The instruction belows let you make it in simple steps while the result resembles the pro one. This is a perfect project for beginners and those who need easy to do plan.


The design of the nesting boxes is shown in the picture.


  • Cotton cloths
  • Paint brush
  • Latex gloves
  • Furniture wax
  • Chalk paint
  • Stain
  • Wood glue
  • 1 ¼” Kreg screws
  • 4 – 6’ boards for two nesting boxes
  • 2 – 1x4x6 pine boards for two nesting boxes
  • 2 – 1x12x12 pine boards for 2 nesting boxes


  • Safety glasses
  • Pencil
  • Clamps
  • Square
  • Finish nail gun
  • Measuring tape
  • Kreg jig
  • Power drill
  • Table saw
  • Miter saw

Step 1. Cutting list

  • 4 – 1x12x3’
  • 4 – 1x12x11”
  • 4 – 1x12x13.75”
  • 4 – 1x12x9”
  • 3 – 1x4x3’
  • 7 – 3’ fencing boards

Step 1. The dividers built for each section need to have different sizes as to maintain a leveled look of the openings of the boxes and to keep the overall height of the boxes in 36”. This height is also dedicated for the locker basket height.

Step 2. Drill some pocket holes at all dividers. The project uses two Kreg jig holes at every assembly with make four holes per divider.

Step 3. Build the box from the bottom frames. lay one 1x12x3’ onto the floor as this will be added with 4 pieces 11” dividers. Attach some wood glue into each divider piece and make sure that the pocket holes face inside with two ends dividers are in line with the bottom board ends.

You can use clamp to hold the joint in place during the gluing process. Then, attach two remaining dividers into the board center. Make sure the distance among the dividers is all the same to create an even box opening at the bottom row later on.

Step 4. Add some wood glue on top of the bottom row dividers to attach second 1x12x3’. Clamp the board in place and screw the joint. Repeat step #3 to attach the dividers with 13.75”.

Step 5. Then, on top of second row, attach one more 1x12x3’ as it will be used to attach the dividers. Repeat step #3 and #4 to attach the dividers with 9”. Apply some glue on top of the dividers and attach the last 1x12x3’. Then, add the dividers. Now, you have finished the main frame for the nesting boxes.

Step 6. Insert 1x4s onto the front frame and secure the joint from the inside part using glue and screws. In the picture, follow the arrow to do the assembly.

Step 7. Before attaching the back supports, stain the nesting boxes. It will be very easy later on to do the inside part. Use the cotton cloth to apply the stain going to the wood grain.

Step 8. After the stain is dry, sand the nesting box frame.

Step 9. White washes the nesting box frame. If you prefer the natural color of the wood, skip this step. For the back frame, stain and also white wash it first before attaching it into the nesting box frame. Then, attach it into the frame after it is dry completely.

Step 10. Wax the nesting boxes. It will help protecting the boxes from any wear or water. If you use the nesting boxes outside, you need to add polyurethane.