DIY Wooden Tool Boxes

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DIY Wooden Tool Boxes
Make a box for your tools. (the tools image by Oleg Verbitsky from

Wooden toolboxes can be used to carry many different types of tools. You can make toolboxes for household tools, craft tools or garden tools. They are a convenient way to carry your tools, and can be used for other purposes besides carrying tools. One way art teachers use wooden toolboxes is to put small containers in the bottom, and fill the containers with small amounts of paint. It keeps the children from being able to tip over the paint. Make several wooden toolboxes, and create new ways to use them.

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Things you need

  • 2 pieces of wood, 6-by-18-by-1-inch
  • 1 dowel, 1-by-19-inch
  • 2 pieces of wood, 8-by-12-by-1-inch
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • 1-inch paddle bit
  • Screw gun

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  1. 1

    Place the two 8-by-12-by-1-inch pieces of wood on a flat surface. At the top of the 8-inch side, measure in 3 inches and place a mark. Measure down from the top 8 inches on each side, and place a mark. Draw a line on each side going from the mark on the side to the mark in the middle of the top.

  2. 2

    Round out the top of the “V” shape. Draw a curve from the top of one side of the “V” to the other side. Cut out the “V” shape.

  3. 3

    Place one of the 6-by-18-by-1-inch pieces of wood on the flat surface. Place a second 6-by-18-by-1-inch piece of wood beside the first with the 1-inch side pointing up toward the ceiling, and line up the edges. Nail the pieces of wood together. Repeat this procedure on the other side. Make sure you put in several nails to hold the wood securely.

  4. 4

    Place the pieces with the “V”-shaped tops on the flat surface. Measure the curved top, and place a mark in the centre 1 inch from the top. Drill a hole a half-inch into each of the boards.

  5. 5

    Place one of the “V”-shape-topped pieces of wood on one of the open sides of the tool box with the drilled hole facing inward. Squirt a little bit of glue into one of the drilled holes, and push one end of the dowel into the hole. Put some glue into the second drilled hole, line up the “V”-shape-topped piece of wood, and press the other end of the dowel into the hole. Nail the piece of wood into place. Allow the dowel to dry in place.

  6. 6

    Sand the toolbox. Make sure you sand the inside and outside, so you won't get splinters while hunting for your tools.

  7. 7

    Paint the toolbox. Here's your chance to get creative. Paint it a solid colour, or add decorative accents to make it look prettier. This step is optional, but it makes your toolbox more attractive.

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