Step 7: Nail the box together

building toolbox
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Hammer 4d finish nails at the corners, through the ends of the small sides, and into the long sides. Do this for all four corners, using four nails along each side.

Remove the clamps. Run a bead of glue along the bottom edges, and lay the bottom piece over the sides. Clamp the bottom piece on, then nail it in place with 4d finish nails.

Glue and nail the tool holder insert to the side of the handle. Put glue on the side edges of the handle and on the outer corner of the tool holder, and place the whole assembly in the toolbox. Clamp, then nail it in place.

Using a nailset, sink all the nails below the surface. Fill the holes with stainable wood putty. Let it dry, then sand it smooth.

To parents: Setting nails is tricky. Have your kids practice on scrap wood first, or do this step yourself. Kids can still help out by filling the nail holes with putty and sanding it when it’s dry.
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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)