Build: simple toy box with lid
I teamed up with Ana White to build this perfectly simple yet functional toy box with a lid.
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:
14. Seal the monogram with clear satin poly spray.
Thank you Ana White for such perfect plans, little Miss Charlotte thanks you too!
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