If your kids leave their toys scattered everywhere, it’s time you create a toy box where they can put all their playthings. With the proper toy box plans and willingness to go through the project, it’s going to be a lot easier than you think. Here’s what you need to do.
Things You Will Need
You’re going to build an MDF toy box measuring 800mm length x 400mm height (approx. 31 x 15 x 15 inches):
- Hearing protection (when you use the drill)
- Safety glasses (when you use the drill)
- Wood glue
- 35mm / 1.3 inch hinge hole cutter drill piece
- 5mm drill piece
- 2.5mm drill piece
- Screwdriver (for matching screws head)
- Measuring Square
- Large D handle
- 2x 95° concealed hinges (full overlay, screw on)
- 18x 4mm X 30mm (0.15 x 1.1 inch) Chipboard Screws
- 4x heavy duty castors
- 2x lids
- 2x square pieces (18mm MDF 364 mm length x 400 mm height)
- 4x rectangular pieces (18 mm MDF 800 mm length x 400mm height)
Step 1: The Sides
Begin by attaching the 3 long rectangular pieces that will make up the two sides and the bottom. Put one of the pieces at the bottom and another over the base, facing the same direction. Now put this right up at the edge, flushed. Measure from one of the side piece ends where the pilot holes are going to be and mark the spot with a pencil.
Put one screw at 200 mm, 400 mm, and 600 mm and a couple more at 25 mm from either end. Start measuring similar distances at the bottom and drill holes through the bottom. Drill a small pilot hole on the side piece. Glue on the side piece’s side and push up the side on the bottom. Keeping the pieces steady, utilize the pilot holes to set the screws. Repeat this step for the other side.
Step 2: Adding the Ends
Using the measurements here, use 2 screws in the center and for the bottom have one at 138 mm off the edge, then 200 mm and then 338 mm. Finally, have screws 25 mm on the ends. The pilot holes for the end pieces will be at 120 mm, 182 mm and 302 mm. In addition, add a couple of fixing screws 25 mm from the ends. Just like in the previous step, drill at the bottom all the way through but only a small opening at the end piece.
When it comes to attaching the end pieces to the side, use the measurements earlier, but the pilot holes have to be 400 mm height aspect of the end piece. This means you have to measure 100 mm, 200 mm and 300 mm at the sides and add a couple of fixing holes at 25 mm on either ends.
Repeat this for the end side pieces they will be joined to, and for each pilot hole you want them all the way for the sides, but only a small one for the end piece. Before you put the end pieces in the side pieces and over the bottom, apply a layer of glue on the side which will be attached on the bottom and position it. Remove any excess glue and if necessary, have someone help you hold the structure while you secure the pieces with screws.
Drill a hole with a hinge hole cutter (35 mm will do). This will allow the top hinge to fit in nicely and close. You’ll want the hinges 100 mm from each end so take the appropriate measurements and mark them. Now measure 21.5 mm off the edge and note where the hole center will be. Now drill a hole so the hinge’s circular head will fit flush.
Set the hinge top on the hole you just made and line this onto the top. After measuring 37 mm off the edge, mark a hole at the mounting plate. On the area where you’re putting the stay, mark the upper inside edge 101 mm at the side panel. From this point draw down to 73 mm then make a cross 39 mm up. Set a spirit level below this cross and create a horizontal line and create a cross 16 mm at both sides. Done properly you will end up with a three marks with a triangular shape.
Drill with the 3.5 mm drill bit. Create a center line on the lid and one at the 126 mm mark at the underside from the back edge. Do the same at 12 mm at the side panel off the lid’s side edge. Finally, put two marks 16 mm from both sides and drill pilot holes there and install the bracket.
Step 4: Finishing Touch
You’re just about done and just need to install the D handle, which you do by measuring between two hole centers at the handle. Position the handle where it needs to be and drill holes. Screw it onto the box.
Now you have to install the castors: simply attach these at the base of the box, drilling holes in the appropriate locations and securing with screws. Test the castors by rolling the box to make sure they don’t come off.
That’s it, you’re done. Now you can put toys in the box or you can paint it. Since this is a children’s toy box you can color it in different ways and even apply stencils or other designs. If you’re going to paint the box, make sure there’s no lead and that it’s completely dry before being given to the child. And don’t forget to wear a mask to protect yourself from the fumes while painting.
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