Toy Box

December 24, 2015 Categories Projects

My cousin asked me to build her kids a couple of large toy boxes, so I made some very simple boxes with padded tops for sitting. I started by cutting the following panels out of 1/2″ White Birch plywood to make a 16″x16″x48″ box.

  • Two 16″x48″ panels (one for the lid, one for the bottom)
  • Two 15″x48″ panels (one for the front, one for the back)
  • Two 15″x15″ panels (one for each side)

Once I had the panels all cut, I began gluing and nailing them together.

Then I drew on, cutout, and sanded locations where I wanted to have handle grips and a slot to make opening the lid extremely easy.

Being that these are for young kids, I figured they would get drawn on or marked up in some way, so I painted the entire box in a few coats of gloss white. After I had everything painted, I took some cloth and padding and covered the lid to make a cushion for sitting (I forgot to take pictures of the process). Once complete, I added some hinges and some lid supports to ensure the lid doesn’t smash their fingers.

This is the boy one (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles); I also made a “princess” one for a girl.

Dog Kennel End Table

November 15, 2015 Categories Projects

I was asked to build a dog kennel that was also an end table, so I did. I didn’t take pictures of the process, but here’s the finished product. It’s meant for a small dog to sleep in at night; obviously a cushion would be on the bottom.

Although I designed it as I built it, I created a SketchUp file after I was done in case anyone wants to build their own. It’s 24″ wide, 24″ deep, and just over 28″ high.

Small Table

November 8, 2015 Categories Projects

I got bored today and built a small table to replace my night stand. There just wasn’t enough space on the smaller one I was using. Sorry, I didn’t take any pictures of the process.