My daughter's toys had out-grown their Rubbermaid container. My wife wanted a toy box that could be sat upon. I had just salvaged a bunk bed that someone left at the dump. With that, let's start the journey:

I checked instructables and ran an Internet image search for plans and ideas. I decided to use ProRock's "Pallet Trunk"(http://www.instructables.com/id/Pallet-Trunk/) as the base design for the box.

As for the lid, it looks like the one from NutandBolt's "Simple Storage Box" (http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Storage-Box/), which I must have seen during my browsing and subconsciously committed to memory for future inspiration.

I tried to remember to take pictures as I went, but I didn't do a great job. If you get stuck, check out the instructables I just mentioned and they should help you out.

Step 1: Preparation


As I stated previously, I had salvaged a bunkbed. Actually, I only took the frames that the matresses lay on. Breaking these down left me with 4 long pieces of 1"x4", a number of shorter 1"x4"s (maybe 16?), and a few handfuls of bent, broken, and otherwise useless staples. I figure that the average instructibles viewer knows what a 1"x4" looks like, so no pictures.

A piece of plywood that will fit as a floor for the box is also a good idea, but I didn't think of it 'til I got to that point.

I have a coffee can full of reclaimed screws. From it, I was actually able to pull ~90 1-1/2" wood screws. If a magic coffee can of wood fasteners is not available, I would suggest buying enough screws. I used a few longer screws where they wouldn't come through the wood and I did switch to nails (from my other magic coffee can) when I ran out of the right sized screws.

Hinges (if you want a hinged lid).

Your choice, of course, but I used a water-based polyurethane (left over from a previous project.

(Not all are necessary, but I used all of them)
measuring tape and pencil
table saw with cross-cut sled
2 cordless drills (one for drilling holes and the other for driving screws)
a Picquic multi-bit screwdriver (one of my most favourite tools ever)
drill bit (slightly smaller diameter than the screws)
coarse-grit sandpaper (80 or 100 grit) with block
fine sand paper (I actually tried out a sanding sponge, 300-grit)
block plane
carving knife
radio (for talk or tunes while working)
Nice old looking treasure box.
Nice job, I'm sure it will last you many years &amp; it's nice for kids to have things that have been made for them rather than shop bought.<br> I had thought about making something similar this year but used most of the timber for <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Salvaged-timber-table-for-a-corner-suite/" rel="nofollow">this</a> instead, our granddaughter is only one so I'm sure I'll find some suitable salvageable timber before she really needs it.<br> It's always good to see someone re-using timber, I hate to see perfectly good materials go to a landfill just because it's original purpose has been served &amp; it's surprising just <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Using-recycled-or-salvaged-timber/" rel="nofollow">how much you can make</a> from a set of bunk beds.<br> I have a few of those magic coffee cans although in my case they are magic plastic peanut butter jars, my usual plan is to only use materials or fixings I have bought if I really have to.<br> Do you have any plans for other projects using salvaged materials?
Thanks. I've just finished making a sled with parts from a) a discarded roof, b) a pallet, and c) a piece of 1&quot;x6&quot; that my wife rescued from the highway (I'll probably post it later when I take a photo). I'm now seriously considering a spring pole lathe using a 7-ish foot 4&quot;x4&quot; and some more of the discarded roof. <br>We do get quite a bit of wood in our local dump, I just don't have much in the way of storage so I've unfortunately had to pass on pallets and other useful things. <br> <br>P.S. I like some of those tables you've done.
I'll look out for the sled, that's another project I doubtless have in my near future with two grandsons living close by.<br> I've made quite a lot more than is in those two 'ibles but I'm not very good at remembering to take pictures as I go, mainly because my free time is limited these days &amp; I tend to concentrate on getting the job done rather than documenting the process.<br> I get a lot of my materials from my local <a href="http://www.ilovefreegle.org/" rel="nofollow">Freegle</a> group I'm currently looking out for things to make a king size bed frame &amp; a large run for our chickens complete with outdoor roost/rain shelter.

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