Make this easy toy box for under R900

Tired of your child’s toys littering your lounge floor? Build this easy toy box in a day, for under R900, and problem solved! By Marianne McDonald

You will need

  • 16mm plywood (see cutting list below)
  • Drill
  • Spade drill bit
  • 3.5mm x 25mm screws
  • Wood glue
  • Castors
  • Low VOC paint
  • Masking tape
  • 4m rope
  • Sandpaper
  • Washing-up sponge

Cutting list

  • 1 x base: 800 x 500
  • 2 x sides: 800 x 400
  • 2 x ends: 468 x 400

How to put the toy box together

  1. Using the spade drill bit attachment, drill holes (two on each side) evenly spaced in the middle of the side pieces where you will thread the rope through later. If the rope is difficult to thread, make the holes slightly larger by sanding them.
  2. Pre-drill four screws evenly spaced from each other halfway through on the underside of the base.
  3. Apply glue to the bottom edges of the side pieces and line up on top of the base. Drill the screws the rest of the way through to secure the sides to the base.
    Your end pieces should now fit snugly between the sides. Attach them in the same way you did the sides.
  4. Sand the entire box.
  5. Apply castors to the underside of the base. You can make sure the distance from the edge is the same all the way round by measuring 12cm from the edge of the wood to the edge of the castor. This will also mean the boxes can be stacked securely.
  6. Use the masking tape to outline your chosen pattern and sponge on your paint. Allow to dry slightly before removing the masking tape and allowing to dry completely.

Handy tips

  1. If your wood is a little warped, clamp another straight edge to the outside edge you are working with. This will help to create a flush finish.
  2. Remember to compensate for the thickness of the wood on the inside pieces. For our boxes, the end pieces were 32mm shorter to allow for a perfect fit between the two side pieces.
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