Sunday, July 10, 2011

"T" is for Trug

I built a trug.

A tool trug, a book trug, a utensil trug.  Anything goes.

But in this case it's more than likely a toy trug.

Similar to the caddies I made here:

I modified the curve of the sides for a more open look.

The open concave curve actually makes the trug much more user friendly than the caddy.

Here's how I made it:

1. Using 3/8" plywood cut pieces:
2 sides: 7"h x 12"l
2 ends: 8"w x 12"h

2. Draw curve on end pieces.
(I used a plastic container top.)

3. Draw curve at top.

4. Use jigsaw to cut out curved parts:

5. Drill handle holes in end pieces.
I used 3/4" dowel for the handle therefore a 3/4" circular bit:

6. Construct. Pre-drill nail holes on ends to avoid splitting the side pieces:

7. Glue and nail, I used 1" panel nails:

8. Cut your bottom piece out of 1/4" plywood.  Glue and nail to bottom using 3/8" nails:

9. Slide handle into holes, mark about 1/4" in from end pieces for dowel stopper holes:

10. Drill 1/4" hole through handle at both ends for 1/4" dowel stopper piece.

11. Paint.  I choose to leave the interior natural and paint the exterior and handle two coats Behr signature blue.

12. Monogram.
Print out lettering (I used American typewriter font), position, trace letters with ballpoint pen leaving a slight indent in wood.

13. Paint inside indent.

14. Seal with Minwax clear satin poly.

Use and enjoy.

Detail of distressed edges:

If you don't want to make your own you can buy this one from Pottery Barn:

Their cost is $39 plus $7 for the monogram, free shipping of course!

I can guarantee with $46 you could make about 6 of my trugs.

This is a gift for our neighbor, hope he enjoys it!
(You can see it all wrapped up here.)

I'm linking up to:,
The 36th Avenue.,,


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that looks great, jaime! so nice that you can just build that stuff... i wish i had that patience!

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

That is just adorable! You are very talented. :)

Erin said...

That turned out super cute!

joetterer said...

scolling down from the first trug pic to that ADORABLE shot of the boy with captain america stuff=priceless!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

He'll love it! It's so cute, and kids love to tote their stuff around.

Jamie said...

whoa! I never would have imagined I could make something like this! I'm pinning it right now :)

Amanda said...

It looks fantastic, I want to knock a whole bunch up! So many uses around the house for these.

adventuresindinner said...

Clever! I need another idea for the endless toy storage in the basement.

Deanne said...

these are great, I might have to make some for my little boys and girl!

silly eagle books said...

I love this as a next-to-the-bed book trug. :) thanks for sharing!


Rachel said...

Wow I love that you made this from scratch. It really is so cute! I would love it if you would stop by and link up this post with the crafty link party I recently started at Lines Across My face.
:) Rachel

Jen Woodhouse said...

This is adorable. Does the dowel slide in and out? I know you put stoppers on the ends, but I noticed they're on the inside of the trug, not the outside. Just wondering why you chose to put them on the inside instead of the outside...?