How to Make Wooden Cubes for Photography Props

by Katrina Arthurs
Make your cube as big or as small as you like.

Make your cube as big or as small as you like.

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Whether you are operating a photography business or just snapping shots at home, wooden cubes are a versatile photography prop. Individuals or groups can pose on them like they do risers, and they easily display items for photographing. Pre-made wooden cubes come in limited colors, styles and sizes. Create your own for greater flexibility in the overall design. Neutral color paints and stains work best, but you can also paint cubes with a color or design that fits the theme of a specific photograph and repaint them later.

Items you will need

  • 4 to 6 pieces of 1-inch thick unfinished particleboard
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Circular saw
  • Safety glasses
  • Electric drill
  • 1/2-inch wood screws
  • Wood putty
  • Sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Paint or stain
  • Paintbrush
Step 1

Place one piece of particleboard on a flat surface. Measure 12 inches and mark it with a pencil line for the base. Measure and mark second piece of wood to the same length for the top.

Step 2

Place another piece of particleboard on a flat surface. Measure the wood to 12 inches and mark it with a pencil. Measure and mark a second piece of wood to the same length. These become the cube walls.

Step 3

Cut the boards along the lines with a circular saw.

Step 4

Screw the base and one wall piece together to form an “L.” Align the pieces so the end of one piece is flush against the inside end of the other piece. Use two 1/2-inch wood screws and place them about one-half inch from the top and bottom. Repeat the process for the top and other wall piece.

Step 5

Screw the two “L” pieces together, forming a box. Use two 1/2-inch wood screws placed about one-half inch from the top and bottom. Apply enough pressure to the drill that it pushes the screw heads below the surface of the wood.

Step 6

Spread a small amount of wood putty over the screw heads with a putty knife. Sand the putty to a smooth finish after it dries.

Step 7

Measure the exposed sides of the box and cut two pieces of particleboard to that measurement for a closed-in cube. Screw the pieces into place with the drill and two 1/2-inch wood screws. Place each screw one inch in from the end of each side and apply enough pressure that the screw heads rest below the wood's surface.

Step 8

Apply putty and sand it down just as you did in Step 6.

Step 9

Sand any rough edges on the wood. Prime and paint the wood or use a wood stain to finish the cube.

Tips & Warnings

  • Alter the length of the walls to create a rectangle instead of a square; wooden cubes can be made in any size.
  • Particleboard comes in various lengths, so the size of the cube will determine how many boards the project requires.
  • Create a shadow box cube by leaving one side open.
  • Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes while operating a circular saw.

Photo Credits

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