Storage/Toy Box Bench

This is a storage bench (toy box) that I threw together based on one of the projects listed on this site. I also added custom shelves on the interior to house all of the puzzles my daughter likes to play with. It is made of cedar and the interior is birch plywood. The shelves are the same combination. It is very sturdy and fits a lot more toys than I expected. This is the first project I've built that I stained...I originally tried applying with a brush but that was VERY challenging so I tried a sprayer and that worked very well, though I think I went a little heavy on it. I wasn't much of a fan of the Minwax 2-in-1 stain/finish...but hey, its a toy box that you can sit on so it's going to get beat up anyway, so there'll be another opportunity to re-finish it later. My build time was very drawn out because I only work on projects during nap time, so the time to complete is what I would estimate if you have a couple of days to solely devote to the build. What a great plan though, for an inexpensive, easy to build storage bench. Thank you!

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Approx $100
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Cedar and birch
Finish Used
Minwax 2-in-1 Antique Walnut applied with a sprayer. Sanded a few times with increasing grain counts ending with 400 grain count. Sanded in between coats of finish.
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