This set of tool box plans is for a project my son and I built a couple of years ago to give away at Christmas. My wife lined them with decorative moss from the craft store. We gave several of them as gifts, filled with bags of goodies and jars of homemade jam (12 ounce jelly jars fit perfectly).
My son was only five when we made them, but was able to help with drilling the holes for the dowels, spreading glue on the parts, and nailing the pieces together. Because of their simplicity, they are great woodworking projects for kids.
To keep things simple I used inexpensive one-by-four boards (3/4" x 3-1/2" actual size) for the construction. Cutting the pieces to length can be easily accomplished with a handsaw. This is a great way to teach kids how to measure, mark, and cut wood.
The most difficult part of the project is cutting the angles on the ends. A chop saw or table saw can be used. However, the angle is greater than 45 degrees so you'll need to make a jig to perform the cut safely. A hand saw or jig saw would also work great.
For the dowel I drilled the hole at 1/2", same diameter as the dowel itself. This was pretty snug so I didn't need glue to hold it in. Assembly would probably be a little bit easier if you drill the hole slightly larger and then glued it in place.
Depending on the finish you choose, sand all the pieces before final assembly. Then fasten the ends to the bottom with glue and two or three nails. Next, glue and nail the sides to the bottom and ends. Finally, slide the dowel through the ends and glue in place, if necessary.
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