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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!!!

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Step 1: Gather Materials

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Tools you'll need
Drill & bits
Nail Set

1x6 board
3/8 dia. dowel
fasteners (#6 drywall screws)
nails (#6)

Step 2: Cut and Drill

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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

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Assemble the toolbox using the clamps as shown.  You do not have to use bar clamps, but it is recommended to ensure a good fit.  My little helpers and I drilled pilot holes into the bottom and ends of the toolbox.

(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. 

Step 4: Decorate

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Once assemble decorate any way you want. 

Thanks Papa for your help.
foobear2 years ago
Your kids are cute and they are having a good time. Great project!
caitlinsdad5 years ago
Ooo, ooo, the kids are going to want their own tools too! Nice!
I have 15 years old and I work on carpentry

I sorry but I dont speak english I speak spanish
Now that is a DRILL!!!
Im going to do this but Varnish it And try to get a oil Seal so my rusty oily tools can go in!
lemonie5 years ago
These things might last a lifetime.

Kiteman5 years ago
Simple and effective project.

Well done.