Sunday, July 10, 2011

"T" is for Trug

wood trug tutorial

Build a kids trug for toys, books, games, almost anything and I have free plans down below for you to use.

wood trug tutorial

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

kids toy trug

Similar to the caddies I made here:

wood Easter caddies

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

kids wood trug

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

kids toy storage

Below are step by step instructions to make a wood trug.  Always follow all safety precautions when using power tools.

wood trug free plans

  • 1 - 1x8x6 pine board
  • 1 – ¼” plywood scrap @ 13 ½” x 7 ¼”
  • ¾” dowel @ 13”l
  • 1 ¼” finish nails
  • ¾” finish nails
  • wood glue
Cut List:
  • 4 - 1x8 @ 12” pine board (sides & ends)
  • 1 – ¼” plywood 13 ½” x 7 ¼” (base)
  • 1 – ¾” dowel @ 13” (handle)

wood trug free plans

Step 1: Make curved ends as per sketch.  Predrill inset for handle using ¾” spade bit going only ½” deep.  Make 2.

wood trug free plans

wood trug free plans

Step 2: Attach sides to end using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.

wood trug free plans

Step 3: Insert handle into predrilled hole in end piece and secure using wood glue and 1 1/4" finish nails.

wood trug free plans

Step 4: Attach other end piece using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.  Secure handle with finish nail.

wood trug free plans

Step 5: Attach base using wood glue and 3/4" finish nails.

wood trug painted

Paint as desired.

To add monogram print out lettering (I used American typewriter font), position, trace letters with ballpoint pen leaving a slight indent in wood.

how to add personalization without vinyl stencil

Paint inside indent and seal with Minwax clear satin poly.

how to add personalization without vinyl stencil

Use and enjoy.

diy kids trug

Detail of distressed edges:

diy kids trug

wood trug for kids with free plans

Inspired by this wood caddy from Pottery Barn Kids:

wood trug for kids with free plans

(I don't think it's available anymore.)

wood trug for kids with free plans

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

wood trug for kids with free plans


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...?