We love this raised toy box! There's room underneath for stools, storage or bigger toys!
Free step by step plans from Ana-White.com
- 1/2 sheet of 3/4″ Plywood or MDF (I used MDF) cut into 15 1/2″ wide strips, 4 feet long (referred to as 1x16s) see diagram.
- 2 – 2x2s, 8 feet long
- 30 – 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws ) OR 2-1/2″ self tapping wood screws
- wood glue
- 3 – 3/4" plywood @ 15-1/2" x 32″ (Sides and Bottom) - cut first from the 15-1/2" wide plywood strips
- 2 – 1×16 @ 15 1/2″ x 15-1/2" (Sides) - cut from leftovers
- 4 – 2×2 @ 32″ (Legs)
Ask the home improvement store to cut your plywood into strips with their track saw, feeding the plywood through horizontally without readjusting the blade for a more accurate cut.
If you plan carefully, as shown above, it will all fit on one sheet of plywood. Remember, you cannot mark all the cuts then cut as the saw blade takes up space too. Mark, cut, mark and so on. I highly recommend having your home improvement store at least ripping the plywood into easy to manage (and haul in your car) 15 1/2″ wide strips, 4 feet long. Then when you get home, all you have to do is make a few easy straight cuts.
Drill all pocket hole sin all of the boards, as pictured in all of the diagrams. Then attach the legs to the ends as shown above. Use glue. You can alternately use 2″ wood screws and glue, just make sure you predrill all holes first with a countersink bit.
Now attach the sides to the bottom as shown above. Use glue. Again, you can use 2″ screws and glue to joint the sides to the bottom, just make sure you also use a countersink bit. Also, if you are working with MDF and are screwing into the edges, make sure you predrill the entire distance of the screw shaft and use DRYWALL screws, as regular wood screws have a tapered shaft and in my experience, cause the MDF to basically blow apart. Drywall screws have a straight shaft.
Now attach the box to the ends as shown above through the pocket holes in the bottom. Use glue. You can also attach with 2″ screws and glue, remember about the drywall screws and countersinking.
Our vintage crate carts were handy, so we just traced the holes in the ends, drilled holes and cut out the handles with a jig saw. You can see exactly how that is done in this post.
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