Introduction

building a toolbox
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Age Range: 7 and up

If your little builders inherited the DIY gene, then they’re more or less programmed to dive into Mom and Dad’s tools. So maybe you should think about giving the handy helpers their own set—the better to get them involved while keeping your precious collection from getting trashed.

This toolbox is just the thing to hold smaller, basic items that fit a young do-it-yourselfer’s hands, including a hammer, saws, pliers, and screwdrivers. Building it is easy: The tools required are probably already in your stash, and the materials are readily available at a home center and a sporting goods store. Set yourself up on a sturdy worktable—in the workshop, the garage, even the playroom. The fun is in having something for everyone to do and getting in good practice for future projects.

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    Tools List

    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • hammer with nailset
      Hammer and nailset
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • hand clamps
      Spring clamps
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw, circular saw, or handsaw
    • drill
      Drill/driver with -inch drill bit and ½- and 1-inch spade bits
    • safety glasses
      Safety glasses
    • random orbit sander
      Random-orbit sander or sanding block
    • bar clamps
      Bar clamps
    • putty knife
      Putty knife
    • paintbrush
      Paintbrush
    • straightedge guide
      Straightedge saw guide

    Shopping List

    1. 2x4 foot piece of ½-inch birch veneer plywood

    2. Plastic jars
    (optional: for keeping nails and screws organized in the toolbox)

    3. 120-grit sandpaper

    4. Stainable wood glue

    5. Clean Rag6. 4d finish nails

    7. Stainable wood putty

    8. Water-based stain

    9. Latex gloves

    10. Hockey-stick tape

    11. Nail-on furniture glides
    (optional)