Introduction

toychest
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Age Range: 7 and up

Open up a toy chest and a child’s imagination takes flight, especially if the chest itself is part of the fun. This toy chest looks like a barn, designed to make even a city dweller feel a little bit country. A bonus: With wheels on the bottom and special toy box lid supports, it’s easier than ever for kids to round up their toys when playtime is over.

You can make this chest in an afternoon with tools on hand and materials available at the home center. Kids can handle most of the work that includes measuring, nailing, sanding, and painting, while adults should do the sawing and clamping. Once the toy chest is put together, kids will be scrambling to fill it with their prized possessions.

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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • straightedge guide
      Straightedge
    • adjustable clamp
      Adjustable clamps
    • safety glasses
      Safety glasses
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • random orbit sander
      Random-orbit sander
    • bar clamps
      36-inch bar clamp
    • hammer with nailset
      Hammer and nailset
    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with -inch bit
    • putty knife
      Putty knife
    • paint brush and roller
      Small paint rollers and brush
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Screwdriver

    Shopping List

    1. 4-by-4-foot piece of ½-inch birch plywood

    2. 120-grit sandpaper

    3. Stainable wood glue

    4. Rag

    5. 4d finish nails

    6. Stainable wood putty
    7. Four 2-inch casters

    8. Satin-finish latex paint
    in red, white, and silver

    9. Painter’s tape

    10. 30-inch continuous hinge

    11. Two toy box spring lid supports
    (one left and one right)