This step by step diy woodworking project is about wooden toy box plans. Building this basic wood toy box is a simple weekend project that will put a smile on your kid’s face. In addition, organizing his toys will be a lot easier. This article features detailed instructions for building an unique toy box. This is the ideal project for a beginner, as it requires common tools and basic carpentry skills.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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- A – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 13 1/4″x16 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 13 1/4″x36″ long BOX
- B – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 16 1/2″x34 1/2″ long BOTTOM
- C – 1 piece of 1×3 lumber – 36″ long, 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 15 1/2″x36″ long LID
- D – 10 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 3″ long, 1 piece of 2×2 lumber – 8 1/2″ long PEGS
- 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 4 ft
- 1 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 2 ft
- 1 piece of 1×3 lumber – 3 ft
- 1 1/4″ screws
- 1 5/8″ screws
- 2 1/2″ screws
- filler, stain
Building a toy box
The first step of the project is to build the sides for the wooden box. Mark the cut lines on a sheet of 3/4″ plywood and get the job done with a circular saw. Smooth the cut edges with fine-grit sandpaper and remove the residues. Drill a starting hole and get the job done with a jigsaw, when cutting out the handles. Smooth the edges with sandpaper. Drill pocket holes along the sides of the panels.
Next, you need to build the front and back faces of the storage box. Align the edges with attention, making sure the corners are square. Insert 1 1/4″ screws to lock the sides to the faces of the toy box.
Build the bottom of the toy box from 3/4″ plywood. Smooth the edges with sandpaper and drill pocket holes along the edges, as shown in the diagram. Fit the component to the frame and align the edges with attention. Insert 1 1/4″ screws to lock the piece of plywood to the toy box.
Continue the project by building the top of the toy box. Fit a 1×3 slat to the top of the box, using glue and 1 1/4″ brad nails. Align the edges with attention before securing the slat into place. Leave no gaps between the components.
Build the lid of the toy from 3/4″ plywood. Fit the piece of plywood to the top of the box and secure it to the back support using a piano hinge or two regular hinges.
In order to enhance the simple look of the toy box and to give it character, you could attach wooden pegs to the top lid. Use a hole saw drill bit to cut out the pegs from 2×4 lumber. Secure the pegs to the lid with epoxy glue.
Build a corresponding handle for the toy box from 2×2 lumber. Use a jigsaw or a band saw to make the curved cuts. Smooth the edges with 120-200 grit sandpaper.
Fit the handle to the lid and lock it into place with glue and brad nails. Center the handle into place before locking it with nails.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-150 grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the wooden toy box from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain.
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