How to Build a Toy Box

Toy boxes come in all shapes, colors and sizes and vary greatly in their design, from simple, small-sized designs to large intricate designs with elaborate finish. Ultimately the size and design is determined by the needs, materials availability as well as the tools accessible. If you are looking for an exotic design please refer to woodworking guide that features thousands of woodworking projects and step to step tutorials.

Step 1: Gather all the requisite materials

Make sure to have an electric saw, two large square boards, two smaller boards and one top and a bottom panels and a plate joiner. Plate joiners are available from most too rental stores and provide a great alternative to nails and glue, screws and glue as the fastening and joinery mediums. It cuts horizontal slots into the piece joint pieces which are then held together by a premade joint biscuits that are readily available from any home improvement center.


Step 2: Cut all the pieces to required size and shapes of the DIY toy box

Remove all the sharp edges of the large to side boards and give them a scallop edge by cutting out the edges with a jigsaw. First draw the scallop shape on one side panel and them clamp the second panel underneath it and proceed to cut away. This way you achieve a pair of identical scallops on both panels. Give the cut edges a sanding with fine sand paper to remove the saw marks.


Step 3: Assemble the parts together

Mark the location of all the biscuit joints on all the boards with a pencil marker. Begin by making the mark on one part of the panel and then transferring the marks to the adjoining panel after placing the two pieces in their respective positions to make the toy box project.


This ensures accuracy and reduces unnecessary drilling. Drill three biscuits holes into the bottom panel and then the corresponding holes on each corresponding side, front and back panel using the plate joiner. Please refer to the comprehensive woodworking guide for more insights and tutorials on biscuit joinery and techniques as well as tips on toy box plans.

Step 4: Join all the pieces together

Biscuit joinery glue is available in special containers that feature a bubble that facilitates the glue to get into the specially cut holes in the DIY toy box wall panels.

Carefully apply the glue to the bottom panel and the back panel, taking care not to gettingon the sides as this creates as mess.


Then holding the back panel perpendicular to the bottom panel, slide the two pieces together through the half protruding the biscuits on the bottom panel of the toy box project.




And then join the back panel and the side panels.


Fix all the panels together and then using a clamp, hold all the glued side together to form a strong bond and leave it to dry for a couple of hours.


Step 5: Put the lid on

Cut two wooden planks into the with of the toy box project. These planks which hold the lids should be about an inch thick and fit perfectly within the DIY toy box. Then attach them to their respective sides with glue and screws. Be sure to predrill the holes to avoid splinting and having to start over again.


Next attach a piano hinge to the edge of the lid with the required number of screws. Make the pilot holes first before driving in the screws.

Then using a self centering bit, drill pilot holes into the back panels making sure to keep the level straight and at the appropriate level. Attach the rail with small screws and avoid using a drill so as not to wear the threads. Magnatizing the screws driver makes it easy to drive in the smaller screws as sthey are magnetically attached to the screwdriver. The complete guide on woodworking features this and more insights that make woodworking easy, fun and enjoyable.


Step 6: Attach a ledge


To avoid the lid slamming on the fingers when using the toy box, it is imperative to check the speed at which the lid comes down. Attach the ledge on one side of the toy box project, align it properly and fasten it using screws. After it is securely fastened, loosen the slider so that it allows the lid to close on the box slowly and gently.


You can attach lock to the finished toy box project to keep the toys secure if you so wish. There are various ways to attach a lock to your DIY toy box such that the lock does not interfere with the child’s ability to access their toys. For innovative locks systems refer to this guide that details out some great locking mechanisms. When finally completed your homemade toy box should look like this. I hope you enjoyed this guide and if you have any questions please contact me and I’ll be happy to lend a hand.


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