Picture of A wooden box
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

Picture of 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)
antling2 years ago
Nice old looking treasure box.
Nice job, I'm sure it will last you many years & it's nice for kids to have things that have been made for them rather than shop bought.
I had thought about making something similar this year but used most of the timber for this instead, our granddaughter is only one so I'm sure I'll find some suitable salvageable timber before she really needs it.
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 & it's surprising just how much you can make from a set of bunk beds.
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.
Do you have any plans for other projects using salvaged materials?
rolfy12 (author)  Nostalgic Guy2 years ago
Thanks. I've just finished making a sled with parts from a) a discarded roof, b) a pallet, and c) a piece of 1"x6" 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"x4" and some more of the discarded roof.
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.

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.
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 & I tend to concentrate on getting the job done rather than documenting the process.
I get a lot of my materials from my local Freegle group I'm currently looking out for things to make a king size bed frame & a large run for our chickens complete with outdoor roost/rain shelter.