Step 1: Lay out and cut the parts

building a toolbox
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Using spring or bar clamps, clamp the plywood to a sturdy worktable. Make sure the piece you will cut hangs free over the edge.

Using a jigsaw, circular saw, or handsaw, cut the plywood into the individual pieces. For added accuracy, clamp a straightedge saw guide next to your saw.

To parents: Using a jigsaw or circular saw is a job for grown-ups. Be sure you and your children wear safety glasses before you start.
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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)