This Instructable shows you how to build your own toolbox. The one I built is for kids, but it could also function as a window planter if you drilled some drain holes or a storage box. Regardless of what you use it for, it is a simple weekend project that will allow you to have fun with the kids and use power tools!!!
Step 1: Gather Materials
Drill & bits
3/8 dia. dowel
fasteners (#6 drywall screws)
Step 2: Cut and Drill
Cut the 1x6 (3/4" x 5 7/16" for those who want the actual measurements) into pieces needed. For the one I made I cut the parts as follows:
qty 1 - bottom piece 15 1/4"
qty 2 - side piece 16 3/4"
qty 2 - end piece 10"
qty 1 - dowel 16 3/4"
Drill pilot holes around the edges as shown. I used a counterink bit so the screws will be flush with the surface once assembled.
Step 3: Dry Fit Up/Assembly
(Before letting children handle wood it is important to sand down any burrs and splinters. Also, make sure kids understand proper shop safety -- safety glasses, rotating equipment, sharp points, etc.)
After the pilot holes are drilled you may disassemble. Use wood glue around the mating faces and reassemble, then insert your fasteners. I did not use wood glue as this will probably not see heavy wear and tear. For fasteners you can use wood screws, nails, or whatever. I used some drywall screws b/c they were readily available. Install the dowel rod and secure with the nails. Use a nail punch to put the nail below the surface.