Finding your kid’s toys scattered all around will be the worst nightmare for the parents while returning home from a hectic day in the office. This taunting thought compels me to make a wooden storage box which is beautiful and easy to make, but extremely useful. Not only the toys, you can easily store other less necessary stuffs here, for example, the blanket during the summer season and those unused stuffs that are occupying your kitchen racks. It can easily be the replacement of your broken toolbox too. Moreover, you can make it at home on a weekend.
Things you will be in need of
- Wood ( depending on your choice)
- Mitre saw
- Mitre saw
- Belt and orbit sander
- One plywood floor- half inch thick ( 36 / 20 inches)
- Miler dowels
- Two torsion hinges
As we are planning to build a storage box of 1×4 inch, the measurement will also take in the similar way.
- Front and back panel of 1×4 box (long pieces)- 6 pieces x36 inch
- Front and back panel of 1×4 box (short pieces)- 4 pieces x34.5 inch
- Side panel long pieces – 4x 20 inches
- Side panel short pieces – 4x 18.5 inches
- 4 Lid pieces 1×6 – 40 inches
Steps to follow
When you have all the ingredients lined up and the measurement list ready, it’s the high time to move towards the next step. Never forget to follow the measurement properly for avoiding any misuse.
Step 1 – Cutting the board
Take out the measurement list and according to the measurement cut the board using a mitre saw. While approaching to cut the boards, special attention should be given to the measurement. The front, back, lids, etc., have different calculation. A little carelessness can spoil the whole board and you may end up buying a new one.
Step 2- Laying out the side panels
After cutting the board according to the size, it’s the time to build the side panels. For the front side panel, laid out five pieces of board, long and short alternatively. Place the long one at the top and the bottom, and others alternately. You can keep a measurement unit (a spacer) to ensure the boards are placed equally. Now, add the wooden boards with the glue and make sure your working surface is covered well to avoid any spilling of the glue. Repeat the process for other side panels and the lid.
Step 3- Clamping the boards
After checking the alignment of the boards apply glue to the each joint of the boards and wipe of the unnecessary one with a wet rag. In case of uneven seams, take a scrap wood block and level the uneven place using a hammer and the block. Now, attach the clamps for further tightening. Don’t forget to place another clamp on the opposite side to prevent from cupping. Remove the clamp after 1 hour and leave the glue to set overnight.
Step 4- Sand the lid and the sides
The next day when the glue is perfectly set on the panel, lay it on the work surface and with a belt sander, sand both the sides of the panels until the seams completely disappear. Then use an orbit sander for smoothing the panels
Step 5- Fit the panels
The next step is simply fitting the panels, but before applying glue, dry-fit the panels. In tight spots, use 180-grit paper to shed the unnecessary part. Once the joints fit perfectly, apply the glue onto the joints. Make sure the joints are perfect and attach the clamp for better fitting. Keeping the clamp on its place, glue and nail the formerly selected plywood floor to its place.
Step 6- Drilling the pilot holes
Mark the pilot hole, using a combination square on the long boards, 3/8 inch from the ends and 1/2 inch from the bottom and the top edges. Using a 1/8 inch bit, drill from the front to the end of the adjacent board. Now, use the TruFit bit to enlarge the holes so that the Miler dowels can be adjusted.
Step 7- Inserting the dowels
Insert the dowels into the pilot holes after applying the wood glue and tap them fully using a hammer. Check twice that the holes are free of any sawdust, before inserting the dowels. Now, cut the ends of the dowels that are pouring out of the socket. Use a small flush-cutting saw to do the job and for smoothing the corners, hand-sand the corners using a sanding block.
Step 8- Installing the hinges
At the end, attach the torsion hinges to the underside of the lid and the opposite side of the hinges on the top of the back of the storage box. Now, your box is complete unless you want to do some finishing job. You can use wipe-on satin for this job.
Finally, you are done with your simple storage box. This one will not keep your kid’s toys in place, but it will beautify your house. This storage box can easily be a part of the furniture in your house, which is not only beautiful but useful too. This will not even take longer hours, you can finish the task just by dedicating a few hours. Undoubtedly, it will not even charge more and if you have spare wooden boards, you can use them too without buying the new one.