I made my kids first toolbox for under $25 and less than an hour!

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I made my kids first toolbox for under $25 and less than an hour!
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I made a super simple and inexpensive wooden toolbox for my son’s first birthday. If you are interested in making something similar, these are the supplies I used (not including wood glue or optional polyurethane):

1/4” sheet of plywood for the bottom $11.62

x6 for the two end pieces that hold the handle $7.42

1×4 for the two side rails $2.23

7/8” dowel for the handle $3.87

Total: $24.94

If you want to see a step-by-step of the project, I made a video here:


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#1 posted 07-16-2019 07:32 PM

I think the $25 in the title/image is reading the opposite of how it is intended. You could probably buy a similar tool tote at the hardware store for $5. And I would think a project like this could be put together for $0 with scraps for 99% of woodworkers

Here is my unsolicited advice regarding marketing your youtube channel. Including the costs of full sheets of plywood and 1×6s for a project like this just seems silly. If you assume someone can cut the tapers on the 1×6, why not assume they can rip the 1×6 down to prevent them from buying a 1×4? Why not use part of that 1×6 for the bottom so you dont have to buy a sheet of plywood? If you use a square handle all of this could be made with a single 2×4, a hand saw/hammer/nails in no time at all.

Feel free to ignore this free advice. The tote looks nice!

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#2 posted 07-16-2019 07:39 PM

Those are good points, thanks for the input. I guess I was just more focused on presenting a project for someone who is new to woodworking and looking to make something for the satisfaction of making, not necessarily to get the least expensive option. Thanks again though.


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