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Age range: 7 or up
If your children are naturally skilled at DIY, they will be able to use their Dad’s tools. Consider giving your handymen their own tools. You can encourage your handymen to get involved and help you keep your tools safe.
A toolbox could contain basic tools that are simple to use for beginners, such as a saw and pliers. It’s easy to construct: Most of your tools are already in your house, and you can find materials at sporting goods shops and home centers. A stable work table is essential, regardless of whether you are using it in the garage, workshop, or playroom. You need to have something for everyone, and practice for future projects.
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There are seven parts to this toolbox, and they will all fit on one 2×4-foot sheet of plywood. The parts can be arranged so that they share the same cutline. You should still account for the 1/8 inch kerf which will be eaten by the saw blade.
Birch Veneer plywood would be the best choice for this project. It is strong and can withstand paints and stains. However, construction plywood is not as good for smoothing the face.
Lay out and Cut the Parts
Using spring or bar clamps, clamp the plywood to a sturdy worktable. Make sure the plywood pieces you are cutting hang freely from the edge.
Use a handsaw, jigsaw, or circular saw to cut the plywood pieces. For extra precision, a straightedge saw guide can attach to your saw.
To parents: Operating a circular saw or jigsaw is for adults. Make sure you and your children wear safety glasses before you start.
Lay out the Handle Grip
Using a combination square, lay out a 5×1 1/2 -inch rectangle near the top of the handle to denote where the grip will go. The grip should be at the center. To create the angled sides, mark the handle’s top at 5 inches above its bottom. From these marks, draw a diagonal line to each side.
Secure the handle to your table. To cut the corners of your rectangle, use a drill/driver equipped with a 3-inch bit. Follow the lines. These holes let you insert and turn the jigsaw’s blad to make a cutout.
Cut the Handle Grip
Set the jigsaw flat on the workpiece, with the blade in one of the holes.
Continue to cut along the layout line, until you reach your next corner. Then, turn the saw so it faces the next line. Stop the saw, then start cutting again. Continue to work in the same direction, corner by corner, until you reach the center.
Use a jigsaw for each angle.
Drill the Tool Holder
Clamp the tool holder insert on top of some scrap wood. To drill holes in the square, use a 1/2-inch or 1-inch spade bit.
Sand the Parts
Using a random-orbit sander and 120-grit sandpaper, sand all the toolbox parts until they’re smooth and free of splinters. Place the dust bag on your backside of the sander. You can smoothen edges of plywood but not round them.
Hey, kids! Help with sanding. While you can help with the sanding process, a parent should supervise. The vibrating sander can be very loud.
Glue and Assemble the Pieces
Put a thin bead of stainable wood glue on the short ends of the long side pieces. These should be placed on top of the smaller sides. To hold the box together, use bar clamps. To remove glue, wipe the box with a damp cloth.
Hey, kids! As you help your parents glue the pieces of wood,
Nail the Box Together
Hammer 4d finish nails at the corners, through the ends of the small sides, and into the long sides. Each corner will be finished with four nails per side.
Remove the clamps. Apply glue to the bottom edges. Place the bottom piece on top. Attach the bottom piece to your top, and secure it with 4D nail heads.
Glue the insert to the tool holder. Apply glue to the handles and around the outside corner. Place the whole assembly in the toolbox. The clamp should be placed on the handle.
Use an electric nailer to get all nails down below the surface. To fill in the holes, you can use stainable wood glue. Let it dry, then sand it.
To parents: Nail setting can be tricky. Either have your children practice setting nails with scrap wood, or you can do it yourself.