How to build a toy box

This step by step diy woodworking project is about how to build a toy box. Building a toy box is a straight forward project that will help you store your kids toys. Moreover this is a great opportunity to use your tools and build something with your own hands. If you already have the materials form other projects, you can get the job done in just one weekend at a decent cost.

Building a beautiful wooden toy box is a lot easier as it may look at first glance, especially if you using the right plans. In addition, we recommend you to take a look over the instructions shown in this article. Nevertheless, it is really essential to adjust the size and the design of the toy box to your needs before starting the actual construction of the wooden box, while using the same woodworking techniques described below.

Invest in high quality lumber, such as pine, redwood or cedar, especially if you want to build a durable storage box or if you will place it outside. Select the pieces of lumber with attention, as all the components need to be perfectly straight and without any visible flaw. Drill pocket holes in order to join the components properly, in order to get a durable bond and a nice appearance.

 

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Building a toy box

Building a toy box

Building a toy box

 

Materials

  • A – 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 21” long LEGS
  • B – 4 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 21” long, 4 pieces – 45″ FRAME
  • C – 12 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 21″ long, 6 pieces – 45″ SLATS
  • D – 13 piece of 1×4 lumber – 22 1/2″ long FLOOR
  • E – 13 piece of 1×4 lumber – 22 1/2″, 2 pieces of 1×2 – 45″, 2 pieces of 2×3 – 22 1/2″ LID
  • F – 4 small caster wheels WHEELS

 

Tools

  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

 

Tips

  • Apply several coats of wood stain to the wooden components
  • Fill the holes with wood filler and smooth the surface
  • Plumb the sides of the bench with a spirit level

 

Time

  • One Day

 

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How to build a toy box

Building the frame of the toy box

Building the frame of the toy box

 

The first step of the woodworking project is to build the frame of the toy box. As you can see in the image, we recommend you to build the legs from 2×2 lumber, while the cleats should be made out of 1×4 lumber.

Smart Tip: Use a carpentry square to check if the corners are right-angled, otherwise the frame won’t have a professional look. Drill pocket holes at both ens of the supports and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the legs. Add waterproof to enhance the bond of the structure.

 

Attaching the slats

Attaching the slats

 

Building the faces of the toy box can be build in several ways, such as fitting the 1×6 slats vertically or horizontally. In this project, we consider that fitting the slats horizontally really adds value to the woodworking project and enhances the look of the storage box.

Smart Tip: Drill pocket holes at both ends of the slats and lock them to the posts with 1 1/4″ screws. Make sure there are no gaps between the slats, when fitting them between the legs.

 

Installing the floor of the toy box

Installing the floor of the toy box

 

Continue the home project by attaching wooden slats to the bottom of the toy box. Cut the 1×4 slats at the right size, using a circular saw, and lock them to the cleats with galvanized screws. Leave no gaps between the slats and add glue between them, if you want to get the job done as a professional. You could also install 2×2 cleats under the slats, if you want a better support.

 

Building the lid of the toy box

Building the lid of the toy box

 

One of the last steps of the project is to build the lid. As you can see in the image, you should build the lid from 1×4 or 1×6 slats. Lay the slats on two cleats, making sure you assemble the lid on a perfectly level surface. Check if the corners are right-angled before attaching the trims to both sides of the lid.

Smart Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the trims, we recommend you to round both ends with a jigsaw. Smooth the cut edges with fine-grit sandpaper.

 

Installing the lid of the toy box

Installing the lid of the toy box

 

After building the top of the toy box, you have to check if it fits into place and lock it to the structure with hinges. There are several types of hinges you could choose from, so select the alternative that suits your needs and budget. Check if the top opens and closes properly, before taking care of the finishing touches.

 

Caster Wheels

Caster Wheels

 

Adding small caster wheels to the bottom of the toy box is a good idea, if you want to move it frequently. Make sure you install the caster wheels properly, by insert the screws into the frame of the toy box.

 

How to build a toy box

How to build a toy box

 

The best part about this project is that you can use the toy box as a bench and move it across the bedroom easily. If you apply a nice finish, your project will stand out and add value to your home.

 

How to build a toy box

How to build a toy box

 

Last but not least, you should pay attention to the finishing touches. Therefore, make sure all the components are locked together and insert all the screws properly. Afterwards, fill the holes with wood putty and let it to dry out for several hours. Sand the surface with medium-grit and clean the residues before applying the primer and the final coats of paint.

Smart Tip: In order to protect the wooden components from decay, we recommend you to apply several coats of stain.

 

 

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