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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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Measure and Mark Center Point of Outside Panels

Use a measuring tape to determine the center point for the two long panels on the front and back of the toy chest. Mark with a pencil.

For the two shorter panels, determine the center width-wise. On the small sides, we lined up pine strips horizontally, meeting in the middle.

Measure and Mark Pitch

Use a speed square to determine the proper pitch with which to create the herringbone pattern from each strip of pine. A pitch approximately 45 degrees works best; however, the exact measurement can be increased or decreased for the perfect fit. Once mark is made, hold cut strip up to ensure the pitch is proportionate.

Attach Wood Strips

Starting along center point and pitch mark, install cut strips. First, add wood glue to the back, then place in proper position. Next, once each strip is securely held in place with glue, add four tacks into each drilled pilot hole using a hammer.

Once one half of each panel is covered with strips, start again along center point, then finish attaching strips along uncovered half. As you near the edge, put strips in place, then measure, mark and cut to size before gluing and nailing.

Tip: It’s OK to completely cover handle holes with strips, just don't add nails atop the handle openings. Once all four exterior panels are complete, any strips covering handle holes will be cut out using a routing tool.

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