Kendra Storage Console (aka Bookshelf Toybox)

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Submitted by bdel on Wed, 05/14/2014 - 11:34

We built this bookshelf/toybox for our cousin's daughter - as a 1st birthday present. Overall, the project only took a weekend (including staining and waxing), and the cuts and assembly are pretty straight forward.

We wanted it to be larger than the one in the plans, so it took some time to figure out the dimensions before we started cutting. There was a bit of, "What do you think of this height?" and, "Is this too wide?"

My husband and I have built quite a few projects together so this one was fairly low on the difficulty scale. As long as you are comfortable with a mitre saw, you can do it. The kreg jig made it easier to drill pocket holes, but even with only different-sized drill bits and a steady hand you can make them.

This is one of my favourite builds - maybe because it was a gift for the sweetest little girl. Plus others have shown interest in it, so I might just have to start a side business!

More details on what we did can be found at:…

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
$100 (CDN)
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Pine Select
Finish Used
Minwax Dark Walnut Stain,
Minwax Red Mahogany Stain,
Minwax Furniture Wax,
Steel wool after waxing and buffing gives an even smoother finish
Recommended Skill Level


Jon Barnes

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 08:13

I was thinking the same thing when I saw the original design.  I like it but the dementions are quite a bit smaller than I want to make for the toy box gift that I want.  I am doing the same thing.  It will be a 1st birthday present for a little girl  I am thinking of making it 36 wide and at least 36 high and 24 deep.  What would the dementions be and how much would that change the side angle cuts? 

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