Overview

illustration of how to build a toy chest
Illustration: Carl Wiens
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The toy chest is made from birch veneer plywood, with four sides that fit around a rectangular bottom. The roof fits over the two triangular gables at the ends. It’s easiest to build the roof by first clamping the gables to the box, then attaching the front and back roof pieces in place. That way you’re sure to end up with a lid that fits the box perfectly, with a pleasing overhang on the front edge that makes it easy to flip open.

For sturdiness, the roof is attached to the bottom box with a long continuous hinge all the way across one edge. To accommodate the hinge, the back of the box and the roof are both slightly shorter than the corresponding front pieces, and the back ends of the gables are clipped off slightly. For safety, there are also two toy box spring lid supports, which hold the weight of the roof and close softly with a gentle push of your child’s hands. These keep the box from slamming on little fingers. Casters attached to the bottom of the chest make it easier to move around for play and cleanup.
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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)