Toy Boxes for Christmas

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Project by Sawdustonmyshoulder posted 12-19-2014 08:58 PM 1535 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just delivered 5 of these boxes to a fellow church member for his grandchildren and they are Mississippi State University fans if you haven’t guessed it. I made these using 3/4” oak plywood with oak edge banding applied with iron. Four of them were finished with white Benjamin Moore Regal semi-gloss paint over Benjamin Moore oil-based Fresh Start primer. One was stained with Rustoleum Cabernet stain and clear coated withGeneral Finishes pre-catalyzed semi-gloss urethane. The bottoms were made of 1/2” mdf with glued on collegiate cotton prints from Joann Fabrics. I used screws to assemble the boxes. The hinges are Amerock inset partial wrap hinges (#PK3180TB-14) from Cabinet Parts ( and the lid supports are from Home Depot.

I made a full size template of the side pieces and a partial template of the cutout on the front piece. After rough cutting the shapes, I used a flush trim bit on a router to finish the shapes. Trimming the edge banding on these toy boxes presented a challenge so I built a router-based flush trimmer that I found on Woodsmith TV show. Here is screen photo of the trimmer from the show. It worked like a charm. I am throwing out all those plastic edge band trimmers.

The overall size of the toy box is 36” x 18” x 20”.

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!

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#1 posted 12-19-2014 11:32 PM

Great job as always. They will enjoy them for years to come.

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#2 posted 12-20-2014 03:23 AM

Did you come up with the plan alone or is it copied from somewhere? I ask because I like that design better than what I’ve been using.

-- “Always take a banana to a party, bananas are good!” - Tenth Doctor

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#3 posted 12-20-2014 12:49 PM

BuzzBate, I searched on Google for toy box designs and found several that I liked. I took several and combined them. I do believe that the next set of these I build will be made of oak-veneered MDF so I don’t have to treat the edges. Bending oak edge banding is time consuming. Requires water and and a heat gun.

Here is the side template:

NOTE: the sides of the cutout on the sides are not square. Slightly angled.

Here is the front cut out template:

NOTE: the sides of the cutout on the front are not square. Slightly angled.

The arc in the back was done with a thin strip of wood bent to the radius that fit. The back height is 20” high.

The front and back pieces were 34 1/2” wide and the top is 34 5/16” wide.

I hope this helps.

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!

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#4 posted 12-20-2014 03:10 PM

Thanks! I’ve made a toy box for every niece and nephew for the past 10 years. Each one is different so I’m always looking for new toy box designs to keep them special.

-- “Always take a banana to a party, bananas are good!” - Tenth Doctor

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