This step by step diy project is about wood tool box with drawer plans. I have designed this simple to make tool box with a storage drawer, so you can organize your hand tools. In addition, if you are new to woodworking, this is a great opportunity to learn new tricks and techniques. You only need basic tools and skills to build this project, but you will also save a significant amount of money. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
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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Building a wood tool caddy with drawer
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- A – 2 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 11 1/4″ long ENDS
- B – 1 piece of 1×8 lumber – 18″ long BOTTOM
- C – 2 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 18″ long, 1 piece of 1×3 lumber – 18″ long SHELF
- D – 1 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 3 1/2″ long SUPPORT
- E – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 4 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 17 3/4″ long, 1 piece of 1×6 lumber – 19 1/2″ long, 1 piece of 1/4″ plywood – 5 3/4″ x17 3/4″ long DRAWER
- F – 1 piece of 3/4″ dowel – 19 1/2″ long HANDLE
- 1 piece of 1×8 lumber – 8′
- 1 piece of of 1×3 lumber – 8′
- 3/4″ dowel
- 3/4″ brad nails, 1 1/2″ brad nails
- wood filler, wood glue, stain/paint
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Wood Tool Box with Drawer Plans
The first step of the project is to build the ends for the tool caddy. Mark the cut lines on the 1×8 slats and get the job done with a circular saw. Smooth the cut edges with sandpaper for a professional result.
Mark the center for the handle holes and get the job done with a 3/4″ bit. Make sure you don’t apply too much pressure so you don’t tear the edges.
Fit a 1×8 slat to one side of the tool box. Align the edges, making sure the corners are square. Add glue to the joints and insert 1 1/2″ brad nails.
Fit the bottom and the shelf to the too caddy, as shown in the diagram. Cut a piece of 1×8 lumber at the dimensions shown in the diagram (5 3/4″x18″). Make sure the corners are square, add glue to the joints and insert 1 1/2″ nails to lock everything together tightly.
Fit a piece of 1×3 lumber to the other side of the caddy. Fit it to the shelf and to the ends using 1 1/2″ brad nails and glue. Make sure the edges are flush before inserting the brad nails.
Build a screwdriver support from a piece of 1×6 lumber. Smooth the cut edges with sandpaper and drill a few holes using a drill press. Choose the drill bits according to your needs.
Fit the screwdriver support to one end of the tool caddy. Use waterproof glue and a few clamps to lock the support into place tightly.
Fit the 3/4″ handle to caddy and lock it into place with glue and 3/4′” brad nails.
Next, we need to assemble the drawer for the wood tool box. As you can notice in the diagram, you need to build the frame from 1×3 lumber. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush. Add glue to the joints and use 1 1/2″ brad nails.
Build the bottom for the drawer from 1/4″ plywood. Align the edges and secure the panel into place with 3/4″ brad nails. Add glue to the joints for a strong bond.
Fit the drawer to the opening and make sure there is a 1/8″ gap on both sides. Next, insert 1 1/2″ brad nails through the drawer face into the frame.
Build small stops for the drawer (3/4″ wide). Drill a pilot holes and secure them to the top slat using a nail.
If you have followed my plans attentively, the bottom drawer should open easily.
Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the holes and the dents with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Next, apply a few coats of stain or other finish to protect the components. Seal the finish with a few coats of lacquer.
This tool box with a drawer is a nice project and it will help you organize your hand tools. This is a simple one day project, so you should not find it difficult to assemble it. If you build this, I would love to see your project.
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