Simple Cedar Wooden Toy Box

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 10/18/2018 - 10:33
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The easiest and least expensive toy box you can build! The secret? Cedar fence pickets!  $20 in materials, 2 tools, 20 minutes!  Free plans by

cedar toy box plans

Have you had a chance to check out Pine+Main yet?  We are so excited about each and every new maker signing up, thank you for those of you who have already set up shop.  We've got big plans for Pine+Main.

A few of you have voiced that you would like to start selling your handcrafted furniture, but don't feel like you are at the level yet.  It's refreshing to know such honest and conscientious people.  

But we all had to start somewhere, on some project.  My best advice is to take on a simpler project, that you can make with less time invested in materials and tools, and sell it for a very reasonable price. So everyone is happy!

This is a cedar wooden toy box.  It is huge.  And beautiful. And very sturdy - my kids are towing each other around in it.

But it cost me about $20 to make, in about 20 minutes.  If you are newer to building, it may take you a little bit longer.  

For my toy box, I used cedar fence pickets (about $2 each) and dry brushed Rustoleum Chalked in Linen White over it

For the chalkboard, I simply spray painted a scrap piece of 1/4" plywood with Rustoleum Chalkboard spray paint.

I love how ours turned out, but wanted to share a few more ideas -

I love this custom painted toy chest with upholstered top and green casters.  $325 on Etsy.

Or add a lid and beautiful painted finish - $315 on Etsy.

Or size down, made with pine, to fit files for office storage - $225 on Etsy


I've long been a fan of Steve Ramsay on YouTube, and we've wanted to collaborate for years now.  So Steve has challenged me to create a monthly video on Home and Garden for Mere Mortals about simple projects that people can make to start selling their work.  Check out this month's video -


And of course, the free plans to build this wooden toy box (whether you make it for yourself, your family, or for selling) is below.

Enjoy and please do share if you build, we'd love to see how your wooden toy box turns out too!

XO Ana


toy box dimensions
Dimensions for this wooden toy box shown above, overall size is optimized for using cedar fence pickets with minimal waste


Shopping List
  • 1 - 1/2" plywood @ 34" x 18"
  • 1 - 2x2 @ 6 feet long
  • 5 - cedar fence pickets, not dog eared
  • 4 - non marking caster wheels with screws 1/2" long for attaching
Common Materials
1 1/2 inch screws
2 inch screws
120 grit sandpaper
Cut List
  • 1 - 1/2" plywood @ 34" x 18"
  • 4 - 2x2 @ 16"
  • 6 - cedar fence pickets 18" 
  • 6 - cedar fence pickets 35" 
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Power Sander


Step 1

Attach legs to base with 2" wood screws and wood glue from underside.  You will only need one screw per leg.

Step 2

Attach end cedar fence pickets to legs with 1-1/2" screws, two per end of each fence picket for a total of four screws per fence picket.  Make sure the 2x2 legs are square with the fence pickets as you attach, especially the top fence picket.

Step 3

Repeat these steps for the side fence pickets.

Step 4

Center remaining fence pickets in middle, even gap on both sides, and attach with 1-1/2" screws, two per end of each fence picket.

Step 5

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