How to Build a Toy Chest From Scratch

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Something had to be done about all the toys laying around everywhere, and a toy chest seemed to be just the right thing to make her. She has a low window in her room, a toy chest with seating is going to be functional and practical since she will be able to use it for seating and storage for a long time to come!
customizable toy chest
As we grow older we accumulate things, things that we love or need at a daily basis! Jasmine is a collector of EVERYTHING colorful and fun to play with. Well, what can I tell you the house is overflowing with toys and we can't start taking stuff to Goodwill because little baby brother is still using most of them.
All you need is a 1'x8'ft pine board and a one 2914 board with a thickness of 1/2 inch, this is for the bottom.
To secure the corners I cut four 1.512 inch boards from my left over side boards.
Plus some furniture screws!
Step 1. Attach two 1.512 boards to your 30 inch board(s), with a 1/2 gap to the edge. This is to secure your boards.
Step 2. I used furniture screws on the outside, but made sure all the holes were pre-drilled in order to avoid cracking.
Attached the bottom and the legs, and it's ready to be sanded.
After sanding, I also gave it 3 coats of paint.
While the base was drying, you can start building the top, which can also be used for seating.
Attaching the fabric to the top
Applying some nailhead trim to the top for more stability.
Newspaper is the best and most affordable way to transfer a design onto wood. See more images on the blog.

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  • Kil388081
    on Jul 31, 2014

    What are the dimensions of the chest once finished?

  • Jerry
    on Jan 28, 2015

    if it is a toy chest make sure you put some holes or vents so that a child can breathe if they get trapped inside while a playmate is sitting on the lid. just sayin

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