How to Make Toy Boxes

What You'll Need
3/4 inch plywood
Safety goggles
Breathing mask
Circular saw
Power screwdriver
Hinge hardware (3)
Wood putty
Putty knive
A template for different shapes, numbers, designs, etc.

Save some money and gain a bit of satisfaction knowing how to make toy boxes. A toy box is a useful tool or piece of your child’s bedroom furniture that helps manage the vast array of toys. The following instructions will result in a durable wooden toy box that will be 3 feet long by 18 inches wide by 2 feet tall. It is an easy to complete do-it-yourself project that with the right tools, materials and proper know-how can be accomplished in a couple of hours. Get the kids involved finishing the box by painting it with bright colors they choose. Involving the kids may go a long way toward getting them to use the toy box, picking up their room after play.

Step 1–Prep the Work Area

Make sure you prepare the work area where you will cut and build the toy box. Cutting wood can be dangerous. Always use safety goggles, a breathing mask and work gloves when operating the circular saw. You need to work in a well ventilated area, but always use a breathing mask when cutting wood. Make sure your work area is large enough to accommodate moving around when constructing the box.

Step 2–Cut the Pieces

Cut six pieces from the 3/4 inch plywood:

  • Two 36 by 24 inch pieces for the front and back
  • One bottom piece at 36 by 16 and 1/2 inches
  • Two sides at 22 and 1/2 inches by 16 and 1/2 inches
  • A top piece at 36 by 18 inches

Step 3–Attach Front and Back

Place the bottom piece flat on the floor. Attach the front piece to the edge of the bottom pieces using six 1 and 1/2 inch wood screws. Attach the back piece in the same way.

Step 4–Attach Sides

Place a side against the joined front, back and bottom pieces. Attach to these using four 1 and 1/2 inch wood screws, placing one attached to the bottom, and the other three spaced evenly connecting the side to the back. Repeat to attach the side to the front. Attach the other side in the same manner.

Step 5–Attach Hinges

Attach three hinges for the flip-up top by locating one each three inches from the side along panel edge of your toy box top. Place the third midway between the outer two. Attach these with the screws accompanying the hinge hardware to the back panel of the toy box.

Step 6–Fill in the Holes

Fill in all of the screw holes, applying wood putty with a putty knife.

Step 7–Sand the Box

After the wood putty dries, sand the entire box to smooth it up. Remove all rough edges and even out the filled in screw holes.

Step 8–Finish

Decorate and personalize the box by first applying a primer coat and then painting after the primer dries.

Use alphabet stencils to trace out your child’s name on the box and allow them to paint it their color choice.