First install the piano hinge on the back, top rail of the box and the top per manufacturers instructions. Pull firmly on the handle to tighten knots and cut rope as close as possible to the knots. It also serves to allow anything moist that ends up in the chest to dry, and not get moldy/mildewy. You can probably cut this stuff at the table saw but you might see some melting of the plastic. Also, cutoffs from the small curved side pieces (cleaned up) make for a nice top cleat for the panels, and are more inconspicuous. I just put the foam board on the floor then the plywood and then put my straight guide on top and clamped after adjusting my measurements according to the saw shoe. I tried sanding it all down flush but some places it just wasn’t budging (with 80 grit) like where the plywood was higher.
Cut the material at the right size as to fit into place and lock it to the supports with finishing nails. Safety hinges are used to ensure the lid stays open and doesn’t slam shut when it’s being used. Images and measurements are given throughout the steps to make it really simple to build this toy box. Next, place another piece on top of the base facing the same way, then put it right up to the edge fitting flush to the end. That is one side in place, now repeat this process on the other side of your toy box so we have the 2 largest sides and the bottom piece all in place and secure. Measure the distance between the two hole centres on the handle then find your central point of the toy box. Before capping off the end pieces, slide pre-cut beadboard sections into grooves cut along the inside of the pieces, and tap the final frame piece into place using a hammer and a scrap piece of wood. Drill pilot holes in the backrest frame, and then use 3-inch screws to assemble the pieces of the frame together.
Apply glue all around the groove, put the back in place and secure it with finishing nails using the pneumatic nailer.
Nevertheless, it is really essential to adjust the size and the design of the toy box to your needs before starting the actual construction of the wooden box, while using the same woodworking techniques described below. Lay the slats on two cleats, making sure you assemble the lid on a perfectly level surface.
It also needs to be centered so that it is 1/2 inch (13 mm) off each side of the box, corresponding to the each end of the top. An easy way to center the hinge is to mark the center of the hinge on top and back of the box. Finally add the bumpers to the corners of the top to prevent the top from rubbing against the chest. Maybe a stopped rabbet or a short mortise and tenon joint for the side rails into the frame.
Toy pieces instructions
Thinking that a standard sheet of 3/4″ birch ply (4×8) weighs about 75 lbs, and the dimensions for the lid are about 11. I don’t think you mentioned it in the vid, but there’s a lot of value in the unplugged cleats for the panels (assuming the panels will be destroyed eventually, they can be swapped out with no damage). This was my second ever wood working project…your great instructions made this very easy and fun!
Army engineer who built steel bridges by hand and after all that cutting my back was killing me.
Moreover, build the bottom of the box using 1×4 lumber, using the information shown in the image.
A supply list, color photos, written instructions, and diagrams will help you build this toy box in no time.
There are detailed pictures, instructions, videos, and a list of materials in this free toy box plan. Ten steps through and you’ll be done with this toy box, and there are images throughout each of them, some with detailed cutting instructions.
Add your wood glue along the side of the side piece, and you may want to ask for assistance as you then carefully push the side up against the bottom – wipe away any excess glue.
From the bottom of the line make a cross at 39mm up, put a spirit level below this cross and make a horizontal line and make a cross at 16mm either side of the vertical cross made.
Finally you need to attach your castors to the base of the toy box; this allows easy movement and provides accessibility.
Finish the end pieces using a pneumatic nailer with finishing nails to hold the pieces together. With the frame in place, use a router with rabbet bit to make a groove to support the beadboard panel. Building a beautiful wooden toy box is a lot easier as it may look at first glance, especially if you using the right plans.
Invest in high quality lumber, such as pine, redwood or cedar, especially if you want to build a durable storage box or if you will place it outside.