How to Build a DIY Wooden Tool Box

DIY Wooden Tool Box

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!

DIY Wooden Tool Box
coloring DIY Wooden Tool Box

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Time to Complete

1 hours

Total Cost


Skill Level


Wooden Tool Box PDF


This PDF download includes Cut Diagrams, a List of Supplies, and 3D illustrations with detailed steps to build the project. Measurements are in imperial and not metric. Does NOT include SketchUp/CAD files.

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Wooden Tool Box

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Tools for this project

Material List

  • 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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DIY Wooden Tool Box dimensions

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.

DIY Wooden Tool Box dimensions
assembling wooden tool box

Step 2 – Nail Side Piece to Bottom Piece

Now take one side piece and nail it to the bottom piece using finish nails.

nailing the side of the tool box
nailing the wooden tool box

Step 3 – Nail the Other Side Piece

Then take the other side of the box and again nail it to the bottom piece.

nailing the sides of the tool box

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.

nailing the ends of the tool box
nailing the end piece of the tool 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.

DIY Wooden Tool Box
attaching the handle to the tool box
attaching the handle to the tool box
DIY Wooden Tool Box
painting DIY Wooden Tool Box
DIY Wooden Tool Box

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