DIY Toy Storage Bench

DIY Toy Storage Bench

Organize your children’s play items with a kids’ storage box. Besides stashing toys, the unit lets kids' imaginations run wild in a litter-free, paperless way. Chalkboard paint makes it a snap to turn any surface into a doodling board. Note: This unit is NOT designed to be freestanding. It must be placed against a structure or fence.

Skill Level: Intermediate
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  1. Step 1 Begin by Cutting

    Begin by cutting the pieces that will make up the body of the box from two 4' x 8'sheets of ¾" plywood. One 48" x 68" back; one 18-1/2" x 48" base; one 19-1/4" x 48" face; two 18-1/2" x 19-1/4" sides. To make a hinge support cut a cedar 2" x 4" to a length of 46".

  2. Step 2 Assemble the Body

    Assemble the Body

    Assemble the body of your box using carpenter's glue and 1-1/2" #8 woodscrews.

  3. Step 3 Prime and Paint

    Prime and Paint

    Prime and paint the bun feet with a light sanding between coats; then, to install them, drill a ¼" centering hole 2-1/2" from the front or back and side in each corner. Attach from inside the box with three 1-1/2" woodscrews.

  4. Step 4 Prime the Exterior of the Box

    Prime the Exterior of the Box

    Prime the exterior of the box then paint the face and upper panel with Rust-Oleum black chalkboard paint; sand lightly between coats.

  5. Step 5 Use Tongue and Groove

    Use Tongue and Groove

    Use tongue and groove cedar to line the inside of the box. Attach with glue and ¾" 18-gauge brad nails.

  6. Step 6 To Make the Cedar Surround for the Upper Panel

    To make the cedar surround for the upper panel rip three 8' cedar 2" x 4" to 2". On the cut face dado a ¾" channel 1-3/8" deep, 5/8" from the 2" front edge. Use a trim router with a ¼" round-over bit to finish the front edge. Next cut the two side caps at 68" and remove the 5/8" tongue from the bottom 19-1/4" of each cap where it fits along the edge of the box. With the third piece cut the top cap at 69-1/4" and remove the front and back tongues from 2" on either end to fit between two side rails and cap the corners. Glue and pin the surround using 1-1/4" 18-gauge brad nails.

  7. Step 7 To Make the Cap for the Top Edge of the Box

    To Make the Cap for the Top Edge of the Box

    To make the cap for the top edge of the box rip an 8' 2 x 4 to 2-1/2" and centre a 1" dado ¾" deep. Notch the side caps to fit over the 2 x 4 hinge support and mitre the corners to fit the front cap. Glue and pin the cap using 1-1/4" 18-gauge brad nails. Next rip a 2 x 4 from 1-1/2" to ¾" and cut to 45" to cap the back hinge support. Install by gluing and countersinking 1-1/2" #8 woodscrews. To complete the cap cut a piece of 1" x 4" cedar to 45" and install on the upper face using glue and 1" 18-gauge brad nails.

  8. Step 8 Use Tongue and Groove

    Use Tongue and Groove

    Use tongue and groove cedar to finish the sides and upper face of the box. Glue and pin using ¾" 18-gauge brad nails. To finish the corners cut 1" x 4" cedar to 3/8" thick and rip to 1-3/8" for the front edge and 2" for along the base. To complete the front base rip 1 x 4 cedar to 2" and install on the sides and bottom using glue and brad nails.

  9. Step 9 To Finish the Lid

    To finish the lid rip a piece of 1 x 4 cedar to ¾" and attach to the edge with glue and brad nails. Complete the lid surface by installing 1 x 4 cedar ripped to 2" and insert tongue and groove panels.

  10. Step 10 Fill All Nail Holes With Wood Filler

    Fill All Nail Holes With Wood Filler

    Fill all nail holes with wood filler sand and apply clear-coat to all surfaces. Install safety hinges (inside box) to finish.

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