Tuesday, September 17, 2013

"S" is for Simple Toy Box with Lid

Build: simple toy box with lid

I teamed up with Ana White to build this perfectly simple yet functional toy box with a lid.

Ana drew up the plans and I built this toy box complete with a torsion hinged lid so
no little fingers get pinched!

The hinges operate exactly like your lap top, the lid stays in the position you leave it until you push it down to close:

The inspiration for this simple toy box with lid came from Land of Nod's I'm Just a Toy Box:

Using Ana's plans you'll be able to make this toy box for a fraction of the retail price AND you can personalize it to coordinate with your space.

The lumber for this project runs about $60 and the hinges are $50 (but worth every penny!).

Some more detailed shots of the hinges, they are functional, easy on the eyes and most importantly provide a tiny gap between the lid and the box so no fingers get trapped:
Ana even included the cut out detail at front center, easy to do with your jig saw:

How to build the simple toy box with lid:

1. Use Ana White's plans to cut your lumber and assemble.
The trick to getting the inset walls is to use 1/2" plywood.

2. Predrill all your pocket holes and attach the top and bottom trim flush to the back:

3. In order to attach the sides to the legs with an even 1/4" inset I simply placed a piece of 1/4" scrap under the sides and then screwed into the legs:

4. Main box assembled:

5. Add base cross supports:
(and spill your pocket hole plugs all over the ground :))

6. This toy box uses pocket hole assembly which is wonderful for ease and square but does leave a ton of pocket holes on the interior.  Personally I prefer to plug the holes for a smooth finish but it's not necessary.

If you do use plugs you'll definitely want this Ryobi Multi Tool which makes quick work of slicing off any protruding pocket hole plug:

A little wood putty and sanding and your pocket hole is now invisible:

7.  Prime and paint the toy box and lid.

8. To attach the lid I choose to use Rockler lid stay torsion hinges:
(The alternative would be a piano hinge and slow close lid support hinge.)

9. Use the instructions included to mark the hinges, predrill then attach.

10. For the monogram I used Monogram KK font at 600 and 700 point.
Print out the letters.  I made a paper piece about the size of the monogram area, place the prints out behind the paper piece as desired (I overlapped the side letters onto the middle H a bit) and trace to get your layout:

11. Take your final layout and center on toy box lid.
Using a ballpoint pen trace around the edge of the letters with heavy pressure:

12. The pressure of the pen creates an indent in the wood, this is where you will paint:

 13. Using a fine brush and acrylic paints fill in the monogram:

14. Seal the monogram with clear satin poly spray.

Thank you Ana White for such perfect plans, little Miss Charlotte thanks you too!

I'm linking up to:
SAS @ Funky Junk
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
That DIY Party @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
The Scoop @ Lolly Jane
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming


Our Pinteresting Family said...

It's so pretty and functional. :) I love the monogram on it too.

Carissa Rasmussen said...

i totally want to make this! i definitely don't even need something as fancy. soo gorgeous

Carl Dombek said...

This is generally a very good design (just finished one for the grand kids) but I'd suggest one small change: Place the back panel so that it is flush with the back edges of the legs so that there is no inset on that side.

That will provide greater flexibility in the types of hinges you can use. For example, you could use no-mortice hinges with a soft closer instead of being limited to the torsion hinges. That would also save a bit of money in the process.

Debbie Cadene said...

Hi Jamie...I'm making your tool box, and am getting ready to drill my pocket holes into the side panels, which is the half inch...but even though the kreg "says" 1/2 inch, it wont come up to the 1/2" mark. How did you make your holes successfully???

Debbie Cadene said...

I meant toy box

Julie Sands said...

Can you please tell me what paint was used for this toy box?

Thank you!