Every so often my son asks me to give him a simple project to work on. So we both agreed to make a DIY Wooden Tool Box so that he could store and organize his future tools. Currently, he doesn’t have many tools, but as he grows up he’ll be able to help with more complicated projects.
I precut the pieces from my scrap wood pile and had him put it together and paint it. While they are young and eager to learn, it’s our chance to teach them those skills. This project doesn’t take long, so then they want to build more later on. It’s a win-win!
Time to Complete
- 18″x26″ – 1/2″ Plywood (x1)
- 1 1/4″ Dowel Rod
- Finish Nails
Note: Lumber dimensions are listed as nominal size. See lumber sizes for actual dimensions vs nominal.
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Step 1 – Cut all Pieces for Tool Box
First, take 1/2″ plywood and using a table saw cut all the pieces as shown in the picture. You will have one bottom, two sides, and two end pieces.
Step 2 – Nail Side Piece to Bottom Piece
Now take one side piece and nail it to the bottom piece using finish nails.
Step 3 – Nail the Other Side Piece
Then take the other side of the box and again nail it to the bottom piece.
Step 4 – Attach the End Pieces to the DIY Tool Box
After both sides are attached, nail both of the end pieces to the box.
Step 5 – Attach the Dowel Rod and Paint
And finally, take the 1 1/4″ wooden dowel rod and insert it between the two end pieces and nail it with finish nails. Use two nails per side so that the wooden dowel rod would not twist. Now you can paint it. That’s all, you’re done with this DIY toolbox.