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How To Make an E.D.C. Catch All Box

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How To Make an E.D.C. Catch All Box

Check out this EDC Catch-all box I made so I could store all my pocket stuff in one place.

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How to Make a Simple Catch-All Hidden Gun EDC Box

I Made a Simple Hidden Gun EDC Box for Emptying my Pockets at the End of the Day

In this video, I build a Catch-All EDC box for my own personal use. I carry 2 wallets, my keys, a knife, and my handgun almost every day. Having somewhere to put it all when I am in the house keeps me organized. In order to create something that doesn’t have a handgun just laying in it, I made this box to have a secret compartment hidden underneath for my pistol.

Please note that I am all for responsible, safe gun ownership. This box is not intended to be a gun safe and is not child safe, simply a place for me to empty my pockets at the end of the day. 

With that being said, check out how I made this Catch-All Hidden Gun EDC box with a hidden compartment for my pistol! I walk through the steps below or you can check out the video itself.

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Project Overview: How to Make a Hidden Gun EDC Box

  • Break down wood
  • Cut out handgun outline
  • Cut finger holes
  • Cut side walls
  • Glue up box panel
  • Create bottom insert
  • Sand and finish

What You’ll Need:

Tools You’ll Need to Make a Hidden Gun EDC Box

How to Make a Hidden EDC Box: The Step-by-Step

Break Down Wood

Begin by measuring out the size of your gun or whatever you’re putting in the hidden compartment. Be sure to unload your gun first. Build this part first so you can reference the box to the insert. Mark out the shape of the hidden compartment based on the size of your pistol.

Cut out Handgun Outline

Cut out your insert shape based on your outline. Cut into the wood with the grain in order to get a long glue joint. Measure the size of the base for the box based on the size of your compartment. Use it for reference. Re-saw or plane your material so 3/8″ – 1/4″ thickness.

Cut Finger Holes

Mark out finger holes for your insert and using the oscillating spindle sander, then nicely smooth the insert. Glue on the base plate once smoothed using CA glue and activator. Then square all edges on the belt sander.

Cut Side Walls

Re-saw your side wall material for the box, using your planer to flatten it to thickness. Cut one corner to a 45-degree angle. Using the insert bottom for reference, mark the location of the next cut. Use your table saw and a miter gauge for easy and clean cuts.

Glue up Box Panel

Tape the miters for glue-up and sand the insides before assembly. Glue up panels for the bottom of the top box. Use CA glue or regular wood glue (this box is not holding a ton of weight so CA glue should work fine).

Create Bottom Insert

Sand the bottom insert. Mark and cut the size of the top box “bottom.” Use CA glue to insert it into the box. Reference something on the bottom for your reveal on the base insert -- I use 1/4″ spacers. Insert the bottom of the top box, and then remove it and glue it.

Sand and Finish

Sand all parts to 220 grit using your orbital sander or by hand. Spray finish lacquer, sanding between coats. You can add up to five coats for a great finish.


There you have it, the perfect catch-all Hidden EDC box! If you liked this project, check out some of my other recent builds:

Download the Plan

Want to try this build out for yourself? Download the digital plan now for step-by-step instructions, measurements, and a detailed look at how to punch this project in the face.

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John Malecki

I used to be an offensive lineman in the NFL, Now I run my own furniture business and am completely self taught. In my videos and posts you'll see a variety of wood and metal work as well as some tips and tricks. Enjoy!