How to Build a Child's Toy Storage Bin


When it is time to put the toys away, a sturdy, wooden toy box is an attractive option. A classic piece that is both aesthetic and functional, a wooden toy box can easily be built by the amateur carpenter with a little know-how. The materials are basic, but the design is classic and should last for many years.

Cut Out the Pieces

Step 1

Put on safety gloves, a dust mask and goggles before using the saw. Take the two-foot-by-four-foot piece of hard plywood and cut it in half, then in half again. You should have four one-by-two rectangles.

Step 2

Put three of these rectangles aside for the front, back and top panels of the box. Take the fourth piece and cut it into two one-by-one squares for the side panels.

Step 3

Take the two-foot-by-two-foot piece of plywood and measure and cut it to 23 1/2 inches by 12 3/4 inches. This piece will be the bottom panel.

Assemble the Pieces

Step 1

Set the dado blade to cut 3/8" inch deep and fence 3/8" deep. Cut dado slots, or three-sided grooves, along the bottom edge of the front, back and two side panels.

Step 2

Set the front, side and back panels around the bottom panel, so that it fits securely into the dado grooves. Use four screws to secure each edge, pre-drilling and countersinking each screw hole first.

Step 3

Attach the hardwood top to the back edge of the box with screws. Position the plywood top panel, attaching the two hinges on the back side of the box.

Step 4

Attach the lid-support bracket between one of the sides of the box and the top. This will "lock" the lid open when you are putting toys away in the box.


Step 1

Apply the edging material to the box and fill the screw holes with wood plugs to give the box a softer look.

Step 2

Use sandpaper to sand the box. Apply a stain and coat of polyurethane.

Step 3

Attach wheels or pads on the bottom of the box. Add brass corners and handles if desired.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Dust mask
  • One two-foot-by-four-foot piece of 3/4-inch hardwood plywood
  • One two-foot-two-foot piece of 3/8-inch plywood
  • Table saw
  • Dado saw blade set
  • Drill
  • Countersink
  • Matching edging material
  • Eight to ten 5/8" woodscrews
  • Two hinges
  • Four brass corners
  • Wood plugs
  • Two handles
  • Interior lid support bracket
  • Four wheels or eight pads
  • Measuring tape


  • Wayne of the Woods: Toy Box

Who Can Help

  • Lowe's: Toy Box and Bench Seat
  • This Old House: Barn Toy Box
Keywords: build a toy box, intermediate carpentry projects, classic wood toy box

About this Author

Lynn Holmgren is a freelance writer based in York, Penn. She has published articles about writing, international exchange, travel and outdoor recreation in ShowcasePA! magazine and Homgren also enjoys writing and reviewing short stories on her blog Long Story Short.

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