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Make a Herringbone Wood Toy Box Storage Ottoman

Add designer flair to a basic wooden toy box with strips of wood, tacks and an upholstered plywood top.

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Materials Needed:

  • rectangular or square wooden toy box at least 36" in length
  • measuring tape
  • 8'-long strips of 6X1/8" pine
  • drill
  • 1/8" drill bit
  • wood glue
  • chop saw
  • wood stain
  • wood sealer
  • mini roller handle
  • mini roller sleeve
  • mini roller paint pan
  • painter's rags
  • carpentry tacks
  • speed square
  • 1/2" precut plywood top
  • routing tool
  • pencil
  • piano hinge with coordinating screws
  • casters
  • 1" wood screws
  • paintbrush
  • upholstery batting
  • patterned fabric
  • upholstery staples
  • upholstery staple gun

Take Proper Measurements

Using a measuring tape, determine proper measurements for cutting pine strips to size for a herringbone installation as well as the length and width for the plywood top.

Tip: Pine strips will need to be cut to a size proportionately in check with toy box measurements to achieve the intended herringbone look. A good rule of thumb is to stick with a width of 3” and a length of 6” (standard dimensions for subway tile). This size will work well with wooden toy boxes 36” - 72” in length. Toy boxes longer than 72” may require slightly longer lengths.

Cut Pine Strips to Size

Mark 8’-long strips of pine to size with pencil, then cut with chop saw.

Drill Pilot Holes Into Cut Pine Strips

Once enough pine strips have been cut to size to cover all four outside panels of toy box, stack strips four high, then use drill bit 1/2" inward from each of the four corners to add pilot holes. This will ensure symmetrical placement of the carpentry tacks upon installation.

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