DIY Watch Box

by Kristina Domitrovich // photos by Lindsay Pace

Display favorite timepieces in this polished organizer. Multiple compartments offer room for wrist or pocket watches, keys, a wallet or sunglasses.


One 1-inch x 4-inch x 96-inch pine board

Wood glue

Dark wood stain

Two watch pillows


Two ratcheting bar clamp/spreaders

A saw (hand, jig or circular will do)

Sandpaper (150-grit and 240-grit)

Barely damp rag


Three 13-inch long cuts off the board (sides and base)

Two 4 13/16-inch cuts off the board (end caps)

Two 2 5/8-inch cuts cuts off the board (partitions)


Cut the board into the directed sizes. Use the 150-grit sandpaper to sand each piece smooth, and use the rag to clean up any sawdust. Apply wood glue to the edges of the base, and attach the two sides (standing vertically along the edge). Use the clamps to fasten in place along the glued pieces, and dry completely according to packaging. Once dried, remove clamps. Apply glue to the three exposed edges on both ends, and then clamp the end caps into place. Glue three sides of each partition, then put into the box glue-side down, allowing enough space for the watch pillows (about 3 inches) between each partition. Allow the glue to dry completely before removing the clamps. Use the 240-grit to go over the whole watch box, paying special attention to any glue that may have spilled out, then wipe down again with the damp rag. Use the brush and rag to apply the wood stain, and allow it to dry completely. Place watch pillows in their allotted slots, and use the bigger portion to hold a set of keys, a wallet and/or sunglasses.

Practical tip: 

Since wood stain is nearly impossible to remove, don’t use a standard paint brush when applying. Instead, opt for a foam paint brush you can throw out later. Be sure to wear plastic gloves when staining your watch box to make cleanup even easier.

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