Simple Lock boxes on the cheap

Having a cool treasure box for your character, or for players to find really helps step up your game immersion. But, sometimes these boxes cost a ton of money for just a simple box.

Using my internet sloth skills I was able to build one of these for just under 10 dollars.

What you’ll need is a simple wooden box. Amazon has super cheap ones.

Most boxes don’t have the right kind of clasp to lock with. So you’ll need to buy a new one.

These look nice and are cheap.

You’ll nee some wood stain.  I used this stuff but, it’s a bit pricier.

You’ll need a piece of sand paper, a brush, and a small phillips screw driver. Like the kind use use for computers.

Unscrew the clasp that comes with the box.


Sand all the sides of the box. This is just a good idea to help the stain stick.

Use the brush to brush the stain in. You’ll want to do this in a well ventilated area, or outside.

Depending on your box, you might be able to get away with one coating.  Let it dry, over night.

Use the small screw driver to attach the clasp. The wood is soft enough that you can just push the screw in.

Once your box is dry and the clasp attached you can fit most small locks into it. These look nice (but are easy to pick).


Now you’ve got a great looking box ready to store treasure in!

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