How to build a toy box

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With Christmas nearly upon us, we could be thinking about building a toy box in order to effectively kill two birds with one stone. For any parent some of the biggest challenges at Christmas include knowing what to put under the tree and also where will the toys you buy your children be stored? In this how to guide I intend to give you a detailed insight into how to build a toy box.

What you will need:

When it comes to building your toy box you need to know what you are going to need in order to make this project work. If you are looking for a paint grade finish then I would advise you probably use 18mm MDF or other wood sheet materials, however if it’s a stain grade you will be going for then A1 plywood will do a good job. Something also that you will need to use is matching hardwood trim boards, along with this using footer moulding is a good idea; this allows you to add detail to the edge of the boards.

The shopping list for a 800mm x 400mm x 400mm toy box:

• 4x Long rectangle pieces of your choice of material (we recommend 18mm MDF 800mm length x 400mm height)
• 2x Square Pieces (we recommend 18mm MDF 364mm length x 400mm height)
• 2x Toy Box Lid Stays 
• 4x Heavy Duty Castors (for feet) 
• 18x  4mm X 30mm Chipboard Screws
• 2x 95° Concealed Hinges – Screw On, Full Overlay 
• Large D Handle
The tools you will need:
• Tape Measure
• Measuring Square
• Pencil
• Screw driver (to match screws head)
• Drill
• 2.5mm drill piece
• 5mm drill piece
• 35mm hinge hole cutter drill piece
• Wood Glue
• Safety Glasses (when using drill)
• Hearing Protection (when using drill)

Building the box

After you have got all your tools and your shopping list if you haven’t already cut your wood to the size that you require using a tablesaw or circular saw, lay out all the pieces in front of you to start work – we find its best to think of the procedure like putting together flat pack furniture, lay it all out and put it together piece by piece.

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