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Mad Woodworking Skillz – Building a Toy Box

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The title of this post is pretty misleading, I actually have no woodworking skills but I though I’d give it a shot and build a toy box for my new daughter using these plans. I am not a very handy person, so this is very much a learning experience for me and since I am new to this type of thing (mainly due to not having the space for a workshop until now) I had quite a few tools I needed to buy. Here is a short overview of the project so far; it is moving along slowly because I’m taking my time to make sure my mistakes are kept to a minimum, although there have already been several.


These first two photos are of the front panel, the second is the rear side showing the pocket holes filled and sanded (this side will end up being on the inside of the toy box):

Front/Back of Toy Box

Front/Back of Toy Box

Back side of front/back panel.

Back side of front/back panel.

The main panels are hardware oak plywood with the trim pine. I used my circular saw to cut all the wood (I eventually want to get a miter saw) and then drilled pocket holes using the Kreg Jig (this is a very handy tool, I highly recommend it). Let me also say that I had a heck of a time trying to find decent lumber at the big hardware stores (Lowe’s and Home Depot); I had to make several trips to each store at different times to find lumber that would work. After I drilled the pocket holes, I attached the trim to the panels using pocket screws, filled the pocket holes with wood filler and sanded.

This next photo is of one of the side panels:

Side panel.

Side panel.

Putting together the side panels was the same procedure as the front and back panels. After I cut the trim pieces (1×2’s and 1×3’s) I was really wishing I had a miter saw, so I think before I start my next project I will invest in one. So I have the side panels and front and back panels assembled, the next step is to start attaching these panels to the toy box legs.

Toy Box Legs (2).

Toy Box Legs (2).

The photo to the left is 2 of the 4 legs, 18.5 inches each. The plans call for 2×2’s and let me tell you, it was impossible to find these at Home Depot or Lowe’s. The 2×2’s that Lowe’s did have were raw wood, full of knots and not one I saw was even remotely straight. I ended up going to CO Lumber Specialties and Unfinished Furniture Warehouse in Colorado Springs and special ordered some beautiful oak 2×2’s (they are actually 1 3/4), nicely sanded and straight.

I am looking forward to completing the assembly of this toy box and I will either add to this post or create a new one with updates.

–UPDATE–
5/31/2014

Side and rear panels attached to the legs:

Toybox - Legs Attached

Toybox – Legs Attached

–UPDATE 2–
6/1/2014

I bought a miter saw yesterday. I can see already that this will be very handy in finishing up the toy box! Nice!

–UPDATE 3–
6/14/2014

Finished assembling the toy box, just need to paint, attach the lid and add decoration!

Toy Box Lid

Toy Box Lid

Toy Box Bottom

Toy Box Bottom

Inside of Toy Box

Inside of Toy Box

Week 30


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My name is Paul and I am The Unexpected Dad.My wife and I married late in life and we didn’t really expect to have children (thus the title of my blog). We weren’t opposed to the idea of having children, but just assumed that it was not in the cards for us.

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