Learn how to make a handmade wooden toy chest for your child’s playroom.
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My husband wanted the kids to have a toy box like he used to have as a kid, but his old one had no lid and was wood. His dad built it for him.
I tried to find what he wanted. There really aren’t that many now that aren’t plastic it seems, at least not close enough to us and listed on Craigslist. The ones I found had lids or were too small.
I found this tutorial and woodworking plan from Ana White and he decided to try to make our own. I’m repeating his tips and supplies list so if you have a question, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll try to see if he can answer it.
- A box of 2″ wood screws
- A box of 1.25″ finishing nails
- Wood filler
- Wood glue
- Miter saw
- Saw horse
- Countersink bit and 9/64 bit for drill
- Level/measuring stick
- 2″ Spring clamps
And this wood: 1x
With the 8′ Cove, he really needed a 10′ piece so he skimped molding on the back. The store didn’t have one that was long enough when he was there.
- 3/4″ x 16″ x 72″ Stain Grade Edge-glued panel, $23.94/each
- 1″x2″x6′ Aspen Board, $3.93/each
In the blog post instructions in the link above, when they refer to board lengths (1×16) those are nominal lengths (actual length would be 3/4×15.5″).
The stain grade edge-glued panel are ACTUAL lengths so you’re adapting because of the extra 1/2″ you have in your wood.
Here’s our box… G LOVES it and has been sitting in it. I like that it’s the same height as our window sill because he can play with his toy cars on the sill. Kind of cute!