Hello Ella Claire readers! It’s Alicia from A Burst of Beautiful stopping by again, and today I’ve brought my husband, Nick, along too.
We love scouring flea markets and quaint little vintage shops for those one-of-a-kind finds. One of our favourite Saturday morning rituals is to wake up early, jump in the car and peruse our local markets and antique shows with a coffee in hand. These are usually my favourite type of weekends.
And sometimes discovering those one-of-a-kind treasures leads to a really great DIY project.
I’ve used it so much and moved it from room to room in our home, it got my husband thinking. He knew he could easily build me a few extra vintage-inspired toolboxes so I wouldn’t have to keep swapping out the one we have.
I love this project because it’s so versatile. You can change the size of the toolbox to suite your needs, depending on what you are using it for and where you are displaying it. And you can have so much fun with the way it looks – you can give it a white-wash, stain it or paint it a bright bold colour. There are so many possibilities.
I painted it in a simple white (using a very thin coat of paint so that the natural wood was still visible), because you know how much I love neutrals. You can read my tips for decorating with neutrals here.
And because you’ve built it you don’t need to worry about the condition it is in, like so many vintage pieces there is always concern about lead paint or mold. It’s safe to use in your kitchen to store seasonal fruit and veggies or as storage in the playroom for books or arts and craft supplies.
Now, I’ll let Nick jump in with the instructions on making your own vintage-inspired wooden toolbox. I hope you enjoy this project just as much as I have!
This plan uses only one piece of 1″ x 6″ x 8′ wood and one dowel, which makes it a very efficient project.
Supplies & Tools Required
- 8′ piece of wood (we used pine)
- 24″ dowel (1″ diameter)
- Mitre saw
- Nail gun and nails
- Carpenters glue
- Drill with 3/32 bit
- 2 – 8 x 1 3/4 screws
- Paint or stain
- Cut the 8′ piece of wood into the following lengths: 2 x 24″, 1 x 22.5″, 2 x 12.75 (See Figure ‘A’ below).
- To create the angles on pieces 4 and 5, mark your wood 1″ in on either side. Adjust your mitre saw to a 15 degree angle and cut each side of the plank from the 1″ point at the top down to the side.
- Lay the 22.5″ plank on a flat level surface. Apply a small amount of carpenters glue to the end piece and using a compressed nail gun attach your end pieces to the base.
- Lay the box on its side and line up one side piece and attach to base and end pieces using carpenters glue and nail gun. Repeat for the other side.
- Pre-drill using a 3/32 bit 1.25″ from the top of the end piece and in the centre. Also pre-drill the end of the dowel in the very centre, making sure that you keep the drill bit going in straight.
- While holding the dowel in place, screw from the outside of the end piece into the dowel on each side.
- Paint or stain in any colour you wish.
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