How to Build Unfinished Wood Toy Chests

Kids love to play with toys more than they care to keep them properly. Some of these toys, if wrongly kept, can lead to some accidents and injuries in the house, mostly when they are made of thick plastic. How do you ensure that they properly store their toys for later use? The best part about having a wood toy chest is that it keeps the toys safe and secure. People who have toy chests and boxes usually get to give them out, still looking perfect and useful.

One of the major turn-offs for people who would love to make crafts with wood is that they can’t bear the thought of having to do the finishing. Don’t worry; this tutorial wouldn’t require you to have sandpaper or a sander. You just need good old wood and some other carpentry tools.

What you’ll need

Before we go on, I must first tell you that we’re making a reasonably big chest, so you might want to consider making yours smaller if you have a more compact home space.

●  1×4 Boards (22x 8ft)

●  2×2 Boards (2x 8ft)

●  Drill with 1/16 bit for pilot holes

●  1 1/4″ Kreg Screws

●  Miter Saw

●  Kreg Jig

●  Ebony Stain + Outdoor Clear Coat

●  Long hinge, hinge supports

●  1×2 Board (1x 8ft)

●  1″ Screws

You can decide to switch to a nail and hammer if you want. The point is to make sure you’re able to fasten the pieces of wood together.


1. Cut your wood into the appropriate shapes and sizes. You can follow these instructions if you want a chest as big as mine.

●  12 1x4s cut to 4 ft

●  4 2x2s cut to 2’2″

●  2 1x2s cut to 4ft

●  2 1x4s cut to 2 ft

●  25 1x4s cut to 1’9″

●  6 1x4s cut to 3’5″

2. Drill all the holes where the screws will fit into. Start with the front and back panels. Place the woods on a bottom wood to serve as the foot. While you’re doing this, ensure that you give some room between two planks of wood.

You can use one of the pieces from what you cut to measure out the spacing so that they can all be of the same size. However, ensure that it’s not big enough for rodents to enter into it if you’re keeping it outside your house.

3. Repeat step two for the side panels. Remember, however, that your chest should be in a rectangle shape, and as such, the side panels should be a lot less in width than the front and back panels.

4. Build the cover. You’ll need something to cover your chest, wouldn’t you? You’re going to need the hinges. Remember that the heavier your wood, the thicker your hinges should be. If you don’t take note of that, your lid could fall off after some time, damaging the wood and overall beauty of the chest.

That’s where it ends. Now, for some people who might want to make the chest look finer, you can use a sander with 120 grit sandpaper.