Step 5: Nail the box together

nailing a plywood box together
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Nail along all the edges—sides as well as bottom—with 4d finish nails every 3 to 4 inches. Using a nailset, sink all the nails below the surface. Fill the holes with wood putty.
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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)