- 1 x SHEET CUSTOM BOARD (MDF) OR PLY 2400 x 1200 x 12mm (minimum)
- 5 M PINE SQUARE MOUNDING 25 x 25mm
- 2 x ‘BUTT’ OR ‘GATE’ HINGES
- PANEL PINS
- WOOD SCREWS
- PVA GLUE
- CHAIN OR ROPE
- CIRCURLAR SAW, DROP SAW & BENCH SAW (Optional)
- BATTERY DRILL/DRIVER
- TAPE MEASURE
- ‘STRAIGHT EDGE ‘ (2.4m long minimum)
BUILDING YOUR TOY CHEST
1: Measure and mark out cut lines on the ‘panel’ of choice to 2400 x 1200 using pencil, tape measure and straight edge..
Using the same straight edge and clamps, a guide (fence) can be set for a circular saw to make straight cuts…if a bench saw is not available.
NOTE. The base panel is best fixed inside the upright panels and smaller side panels between front and rear panels to minimize visible joint lines, so the thickness of your panel will determine some measurements.
2: Use panel pins and glue to fix panels together (advisable to nail a minimum of 50mm in from ends to avoid splitting or delaminating)
3: Measure, cut and fix 25x25mm cleats with glue and wood screws to both sides in all corners to provide strength, stability & durability, fixing cleats to top edges of front and back panels will also help.
4: Fastening the lid to the chest with hinges can be done a number of ways and will depend on what type/style you have chosen…the easiest being to fix ‘butt’ (as shown) or gate hinge leafs to outside faces of lid & back panels. If you prefer a concealed hinge, some rebating is required.
NOTE. If you are doing a concealed hinge a robe or chain should be used to limit the lids opening.