How to Build a Toy Box Bench
Make a toy chest that doubles as a bench with these simple steps.
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Materials and Tools:
table saw with dado blade
drill press (or band saw)
3-inch trim screws
drill with screwdriver attachment
router with rabbet bit
lid support designed for toy boxes
1. Cut 2-by-4's to size for the frame. Wearing eye protection and an eye mask, carve tenon joints and mortise joints on the ends of the 2-by-4 framing pieces, using a table saw with a dado blade for the tenon joints and either a drill press or a band saw for the mortise joints.
3. Apply wood glue along the tenons and tap the pieces together to assemble the end pieces.
4. Before capping off the end pieces, slide pre-cut beadboard sections into grooves cut along the inside of the pieces, and tap the final frame piece into place using a hammer and a scrap piece of wood.
5. Finish the end pieces using a pneumatic nailer with finishing nails to hold the pieces together.
7. Attach cleats around the bottom of the box with the pneumatic nailer. Attach the ½-inch plywood bottom to the cleats.
8. Drill pilot holes in the backrest frame, and then use 3-inch screws to assemble the pieces of the frame together. Attach a 2-by-4 piece to the back of the toy box as the bottom of the back frame.
10. With the frame in place, use a router with rabbet bit to make a groove to support the beadboard panel.11. Apply glue all around the groove, put the back in place and secure it with finishing nails using the pneumatic nailer.
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