How to Build a Toolbox
How to make the perfect portable workshop, with instructions for parents and kids
Age Range: 7 and up
If your little builders inherited the DIY gene, then they're more or less programmed to dive into Mom and Dad's tools. So maybe you should think about giving the handy helpers their own set—the better to get them involved while keeping your precious collection from getting trashed.
This toolbox is just the thing to hold smaller, basic items that fit a young do-it-yourselfer's hands, including a hammer, saws, pliers, and screwdrivers. Building it is easy: The tools required are probably already in your stash, and the materials are readily available at a home center and a sporting goods store. Set yourself up on a sturdy worktable—in the workshop, the garage, even the playroom. The fun is in having something for everyone to do and getting in good practice for future projects.
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There are seven parts to this toolbox, and they will all fit on one 2x4-foot sheet of plywood. If you line up parts adjacent to one another so that they have a common cutline, make sure you account for the ⅛-inch kerf that will be eaten up by the saw blade with each cut.
Birch veneer plywood is the best choice as a material for this project because it's strong, has a smooth face, and takes stains or paints well. Construction plywood will also work, but the face will not be as smooth.