Cutting Shapes For Wooden Toy Boxes Cutting Shapes For Wooden Toy Boxes

Cutting shapes for wooden toy boxes is a good method toward customizing and personalizing your child’s storage container. If you are fairly adept at using a band saw, router and spindle sander, you have the necessary woodworking skills to make your wooden toy box more unique and personal.

Use Stencils

Acquire stencils of the different designs and patterns you wish to create to enhance your wooden toy box. These can be easily obtained online and downloaded for your convenience.

Finger Slots

A popular feature added to a wooden toy box is finger slots cut into the box sides. Do this by drawing a line that is 3 and 1/2 inches parallel to the top on both sides. Now draw two perpendicular lines to that horizontal line that are 8 and 1/2 inches from the back and from the front edges. Attach a 1-inch diameter bit to an electric drill press. Drill two holes on both sides where the drawn lines intersect. Now use a jigsaw to cut out slots. Sand all the edges smooth by using a spindle sander. Repeat this process if you wish to add additional finger slots. You can also use a hand router with a 3/4 inch round-over bit to round the edges in the slots.

Cut Traced Patterns

Use lightweight plywood to create shapes that you can attach to the sides and front of your wooden toy box. Always use a radial arm saw for board length cuts and a table saw to cut the specific widths. Then trace your design shapes onto the cut board. Always use a band saw to cut the shapes. Follow with a spindle sander to sand all edges of the cutout shapes. You can also use a hand router with a 3/4-inch round bit to obtain rounded edges on the cutout pieces if desired. Rounded edges, once the wood is painted and finished, provide another level of safety and protection.

Add A Seat

Using plywood, cut three pieces off 3/8 inch plywood to the back and side dimensions. Use a radial saw tilted to make a mitered 45-degree angled cut. Now turn the boards over and raise the saw up to make a 45-degree angle that is about 1/4-inch deep at the ends of the boards to make grooves to install splines. Make sure the grooves stop one inch from the top of each board. Next, trace the backrest pattern on a piece of plywood and cut this with a band saw. Use a spindle sander to smooth the edges.

Cut a 3/4-inch by 3-inch notch at the bottom of each edge of the backrest to fit over the armrests. Use the same 3/4-inch plywood to trace out the armrest pattern and cut it as well.

Rout It Well

Make sure to rout the top of the backrest to round the edge, as well as the tops of the arm rests and the front edge to the seat (lid). Do not rout the last 3/4-inch of the armrests that will fit into the notch cut out of the backrest.

A good idea is to trace the letters of a child’s name onto the wood and cut these out using a jigsaw. Smooth the edges with a spindle sander or round them off with your handheld router.

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