I wanted to transform my home from the simple bare builder's grade to the one with lots of moldings and details. So my liking for moldings urged me to get into other wooden projects to decorate around the house.
With baby steps, project by project, I have taken bigger bites every time. That's the case with the latest, building bookcases in my bedroom, one of those projects that has given me lots of headaches, sometimes I think I'm trying to bite more than I can chew, but when the project is done I'm always happy I got into it.
A wooden toolbox, is one of those projects where you can gain more confidence with your measurements, and perhaps conquer the fear of using some power tools. Even though it's such an easy project that it can be done with a regular saw, hammer and nails.
Some pieces of scrap wood would work perfectly fine. You can go ahead and cut the bottom and long sides to your desired measurements. The one I made is somewhat big 24"L x 9"W x 10" H All the material was 3/4" thick.
The end sides are then cut to size and you can draw the lines for the top "triangle" to be cut.
Again, you can do this with a regular saw. I did it using a circular saw, both pieces at the same time, it fastens the process a lot. You need to clamp the wooden pieces to your bench and attach a guide for the saw to keep the line. Measure the distance from the blade to the side fence of the saw and that's where you need to clamp that guide. Then go ahead and cut it!
Time to open the holes where the handle goes. The handle I used was about 3/4" in diameter, I placed the drill bit point 3/4" from the top and attached some tape around to mark how deep I wanted to drill. Both pieces were then sanded to round the sharp edges.
The pieces were all cut and ready to be assembled.
But first some pinky pink acrylic paint was applied.
A wash out white was applied next.
After the paint dried, it was time to put it together. The long sides were attached to the bottom piece.
Then the end sides, but don't forget to insert the handle before nailing the last side.
The toolbox is ready.
After a light sanding of the end sides and applying a bit of wax on the whole thing, it was time to play :)
These green bottles I took from my neighbor's recycling bin where the ones awaiting a box!
I like the texture, the roughness on those long side pieces of wood.
I got so excited with my new "toy" I went outside to take some more pics! My lilies are still going strong, remember them from my previous post?
I can't wait to set my Easter table now that I have the centerpiece.
Are you ready to build your own toolbox? Send me a picture if you do!