DIY Toy Chest

WE GOT A PUPPY! This weekend was all about our new miniature schnauzer puppy, Howie. We got him on Saturday and are still in the “you’re too cute to get mad at” phase but we will see how long that lasts after he chews up one of my shoes.

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We started buying him toys weeks before we even got him because we were so excited and went a little overboard. I thought we needed someplace to keep them together but out of the way so we built a little toy chest to keep his toys in. We may have miscalculated Howie’s size because the box (and most of his toys) are so much bigger than him but it’s just darn cute for now.

We started off by cutting 4 pieces of birch plywood for the sides of the boxes. The long sides are 18″ x 9″ and the short sides are 9″ x 9″.

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For the joints at the corners, we used box joints which we cut by inserting a 1/2 inch dado set into the table saw. We had to remember to cut the long sides and the short sides opposite of each other so the fingers and slots were opposite and would fit together.

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We put wood glue in the slots and glued all of the sides together.

DIY Toy Box

Clamps held the box together while it dried.

DIY Toy Box

The bottom of the box is made from birch plywood as well. We used wood filler to fill in the nail holes that were made from nailing the bottom of the box to the sides.

DIY Toy Box

To secure the pieces of wood for the lid of the box, we used a biscuit joiner to attach them together without having to use nails. We did 3 on each piece of wood.

DIY Toy Box

DIY Toy Box

While the lid dried (we held it with clamps again), we added a bottom trim to the box. We used a scroll saw to cut out some of the trim which gave each corner their own feet.

DIY Toy Box

Jack cut grooves in the box to give it a little depth and added the 1/4″ recess around the lid by running it through the table saw right on the edge to give it the edge detail you see in the picture below.

DIY Toy Box

The painting of this box was a complete trial and error and it took way longer because I couldn’t make up my mind on what I liked. Go figure.

I didn’t want it to be really bright so we started off by painting it with a light coat of turquoise and then wiping it immediately off with a rag.

DIY Toy Box

This just made it look unfinished I thought. So we did a thicker coat of turquoise paint and didn’t wipe as much off this time:

DIY Toy Box

Now I thought it looked too bright. Cue Jack rolling his eyes at me 🙂 So we brought out a can of white paint and dipped a rag into it and wiped it all with that white rag.DIY Toy Box

Immediately after we wiped the white paint on it, we took a clean rag and wiped it off. We went side by side so the white paint didn’t dry before we could get to wiping it off. One of us would wipe the white paint on and the other would wipe it off.

DIY Toy Box

After a few tries and touch ups, I finally liked the color. We added handles on either side of the box by drilling holes with a forstner bit, and then shaping and sanding the insides with a Dremel tool.

DIY Toy Box

Jack got some really cool pieces of walnut from his grandpa so with one of the pieces, we traced a bone and cut it out with a jig saw.

DIY Toy Box

We put on some letter stickers that we got from Michael’s to make it personalized. I’m sure he really appreciates that.

DIY Toy Box

We used soft close hinges with the thought that when we become really awesome dog trainers, Howie can open the box by himself. We are still working on making it past the end of the street on walks so that might be a ways away. But that’s alright because the cheap hinges we got at Menards still slam shut because they are meant for vertical cabinet doors. Howie can’t reach the lid of the box yet though so we have awhile before we really need to get better hinges 🙂

DIY Toy Box

I’m hoping this will help keep things organized and all the “dog stuff” in one place so we can keep it hidden and out of the way. I’m sure it won’t be long before this box is filled up with toys and goodies. He is already spoiled!

6 comments

  1. Lori McDevitt says:

    The chest looks terrific. I love that washed look. Not sure what you call it! Howie looks so cute posing beside the chest.

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