Walnut Box Made with Utility Knife

Create a 100% functional box from foam and veneer, using nothing more than a utility knife and a little ingenuity

Tools and Supplies Used in this Woodworking Project

I’m not going to lie — I love having all these tools around here, and I’ll bet you feel the same way about the tools in your shop. But sometimes the key to developing your creativity is figuring out how to do more with less. In this tutorial, we going to make something using just one tool.

Armed with only a utility knife, I’m creating a simple box out of foam, veneer and glue, and I think you’ll find it comes together very well. And by limiting the resources available to me, I’ve forced myself to think outside the box (see what I did there?), using just my imagination and a rudimentary understanding of geometry.

Don’t freak out, though, people — I’m not going to start building everything out of foam and veneer. We’ll be getting back into straight-ahead woodworking before you know it. But this was an exercise in challenging myself, and I hope it inspires you to challenge yourself as well.