Build a Toybox or Toy Chest

Difficulty
Beginner
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About Project

A classic toy box with the top removed. Like the toy box top every shuts anyway! This simple design features a moulded footer and top lip. Ample storage inside.

If you are anything like me, you are dropping hints, very loud ones, that the Easter Bunny should give hugs and kisses and not candy and toys this year.  And if you are anything like me, you are still going to get piles of toys that leave you wondering, where am I going to put it all?  Because we certainly do not need another cute teddy bear or soft bunny plush.

What we really need is somewhere to store everything.

I love this flat wall bookholder from Clarissa, how beautiful!  Just fill with some books and some grass, and you've got an Easter basket for kids and moms.

And I also love this toy chest that you can buy here. You can also build something similar.  I bet you have a pile of scraps to use up, and this project is perfect for scraps.

How about hiding some wheels under there, you would never see the wheels, but you could make this toy chest easily transportable.  Because let's face it, kids play where you are.  So let's make it easy for them to pick up after themselves (or at least easier for you to get them to pick up after themselves!)

Dimensions
Dimensions and Composition are shown above. For paint grade, you can use 3/4″ MDF or other wood sheet materials. For stain grade, you can use 3/4″ A1 Plywood. You will need to also use matching hardwood trim boards. Not shown is the footer moulding, instead shown is a board. Moulding will add detail and soften the footer edge.

Preparation

Shopping List

1 – 1×2 Board, 6′ Long 

72″ of 3 1/4″ Base Moulding 
72″ of 3/4″ x 3/4″ Cove Moulding 
11′ of 1×16 Boards 
2″ Screws 
1 1/4″ Nails 
Wood Glue 
Wood Filler 
Tools
Miter saw or miter box and hand saw 
Drill or screwgun with countersink bits 
Sander 
Nailer shooting 1 1/4″ finish nails 
Saw 
Square
Cut List

Cut List 

1 – 1×16 @ 32 1/2″ (Bottom) 
2 – 1×16 @ 15 1/2″ (Sides) 
2 – 1×16 @ 34″ (Front and Back) 
2 – 3 1/4″ Base Moulding @ 17″ (Side Footer) 
2 – 3 /14″ Base Moulding @ 35 1/2″ (Front and Back Footer) 
2 – 1×2 @ 15 1/2″ (Top, Sides) 
2 – 1×2 @ 35 1/2″ (Top, Front and Back) 
Measure and cut cove moulding to fit
Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Hammer
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Power Sander
General Instructions

General Instructions. Be safe, work on a clean level surface. Predrill and countersink your screw holes properly. Always use glue. Take a square after each step. Use good boards.

Instructions

Step 1

Build the Box. This time we are literally going to “build the box.” Start by fastening through the sides (blue) into the bottom using glue and 2″ screws. If you are using MDF you need to use drywall or MDF screws – do not use wood screws, the tapered shaft will split your MDF. Then fasten the front and back to both the bottom and the sides.

Step 2

Build the Box. This time we are literally going to “build the box.” Start by fastening through the sides (blue) into the bottom using glue and 2″ screws. If you are using MDF you need to use drywall or MDF screws – do not use wood screws, the tapered shaft will split your MDF. Then fasten the front and back to both the bottom and the sides.

Step 3

Front and Back Footer. In the same manner as the sides, fasten the front and back footer to the box and the side footers. Notice that the dimensions for the cutout is slightly different than the side cutouts.

Step 4

Top. The top trim will be flush to the inside. Use glue and 2″ nails or screws to fasten to the top. In the next step we will reinforce the top.

Step 5

Step 6

Finishing. Fill holes with wood filler. Sand and finish as desired. Glue letters to the face if desired. Wheels can be directly attached to the bottom of the toy chest.

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