DIY Wood Bag with Detachable Flaps and Straps
I made a full body wood bag with a coping saw + wood glue + nails. Can be done. But it was not easy. It looks like this :
The leather flap is attached by velcro, so you can change the flaps out , like so :
The denim belt loop on the front of the bag is nailed in place. The straps are double looped so that the ends goes back under the slot. The weight of the bag should keep it in place. It’s not 100% slip proof, but it is pretty sturdy.
It’s not very neat, but I like the rugged look of it 🙂
I also added inner pockets so there’s a place to chuck my cellphone.
The video tutorial is here :
Will be updating this post with notes. Gotta sleep now.
update ( feb 5, 2017 ) notes :
- When hand sawing, you don’t get perfect 90° cuts or exact lengths. So, try to keep one side as perfect as possible by lining the factory cut side together. This will be the “showing side “.
- After you nail a piece, check to see if it shifted its position. You can pound on it with a hammer to get it lined up before the glue dries ! ( found that out much, much later on in the project )
- I recommend starting with the base so you know exactly how wide the sides will be. I started with the sides and found out I have to saw a whole strip of wood horizontally to accommodate the width of the sides. (can be done with a cutter, but it was not fun)
- Try to get all the sides nailed in one whole piece. It’s easier to put the bag together this way and there won’t be gaps in between.
- For the flaps, choose materials that are sturdy and can stand up on its own.
- I sanded the whole bag with a hand file.
When I get bored of the original wood’s color, I’ll stain it in walnut color 🙂 The bag is on the heavy side but it makes a great lap table when riding on the trains !
This is super cool! I loved the idea! I don’t think I’d have the skills to make it, but it’s awesome!!!
Thanks Camila ! I don’t have much carpentry skills but it can be done ! with a lot of elbow grease 🙂
WOW. I watched the whole video and I must say it was mesmerizing (loved that little heart at the end too). Your diy skills are crazy good. Go Salty!
So happy you like it , Colleen ! I kinda enjoy editing the video as much as making the diy 🙂
You can tell cause you’re really good at it! That could be a sideline for you – some kind of tutorial other bloggers could pay for to learn how to turn a project into a video. I totally would pay you for that. I think some videos for the kind of knitting I do on stick looms would be very helpful. I was just cleaning out my email last night and I saw the other leather bag with wood sides. So cool. 🙂 🙂 🙂
That is a very interesting idea and it got my brain fired up for days 🙂 It would take some time to plan it out, but hey, if you want a head start, I can show you some basics . We can do video chat or something, I’ll show you how to set up for filming. Oh, and I’m not charging you 🙂
Aw – you’re so sweet! OK, let me get myself organized with a little spool knitting project and when I do, I’ll come back with some specific basic questions. Thanks Wendy!:):):)
👍👍👍 ok !