Legos. Kids love them and parents hate stepping on them. These little bricks are such a great way to let your child's imagination run wild, or teach them how to follow instructions, but they can become a huge pain when the collection starts growing. Here is a simple and functional way to store those loose Legos while also giving the kids a place to play with them. I'll be showing you the step by step instructions, but you can also download the free plans for this build. This particular project is made with a Duplo base plate, but it can also be made with a large Lego base plate. This project can be customized with any color or stain you like using your HomeRight Finish Max.
Here's what you'll need to build this project:
- 1 sheet ½ birch veneer plywood (save the rest for another project)
- 2 – ¾” square dowels @ 4’ long
- 3 – 1x3 @ 8’ long
- Kreg Jig
- 1” pocket screws
- Brad nailer
- 1 ¼” brad nails
- 1” brad nails
- ¾” brad nails
- Lego baseplate or Duplo baseplate
- Trunk handles
- Wood Glue
- 220 grit sandpaper
- 3 – ½” plywood cut at 16” squares
- 3 – ½’ plywood cut at 15” squares
- 8 – 1x3 cut at 16” long
- 4 – 1x3 cut at 11” long
- 4 – 1x3 cut at 12 ½” long
- 2 – ¾” square dowels cut at 16”
- 2 – ¾” square dowels cut at 17 ½”
- 2 – ½” plywood strips cut at 1” wide and 14” long
Note: When cutting out the pieces for this project, it is good to measure and cut to size all trim pieces to ensure a proper fit. Step 1: Drill 1/2" pocket holes into all edges of what will be the bottom of the storage cube. Grab the 15" side pieces and drill 1/2" pocket holes into the sides of those as well.
Step 2: Glue and clamp all four sides together and attach with 1" pocket screws. Assemble the sides with the pocket holes exposed on the outside of the box. They will be covered later with the trim. Then slide the bottom piece in flush with the bottom edges of the sides and clamp and screw into place with 1" pocket screws.
Step 3: Measure and cut the 1x3 vertical trim pieces. For the first two pieces, attach them flush with the sides of the box with wood glue and 1" brad nails. Do the same to the opposite side of the box.
Step 4: For the remaining vertical pieces, cut to size and attach them flush with the outer edge of the trim on the adjoining side. Measure and cut to size all of the horizontal trim pieces and attach them flush with the top and bottom of the box using wood glue and 1" brad nails.
Step 5: For the lid, take the 16" plywood square and cut and attach 3/4" square dowels to the outside. The bottom of the dowels will be flush with the bottom of the lid to create a lip around the top of the lid. Attach using wood glue and 1 1/4" brad nails.
Step 6: Cut two 1/2" plywood strips and center them from edge to edge on the bottom of the lid and about 1 1/2" from the sides of the lid. This will keep the lid from sliding off. Attach using 3/4" nails and wood glue.
Step 7: Fill all of the nail holes with wood filler and then sand the entire project down to prepare for paint or stain.
Step 8: Prepare your HomeRight Finish Max for paint or stain. If staining this project, there is no need to dilute the stain. If painting, dilute the paint following the instructions in the Finish Max manual and using the viscosity cup. Paint entire project, inside and out, using three coats of paint or desired number of coats of stain.
Step 9: When the paint is dry, add trunk handles and casters using 1/2" screws. The box can be left as is or personalized with an initial or any way you like! Center the base plate on the lid and glue down with super glue.
The finished box is ready to be enjoyed! The 1/2" plywood construction makes it lightweight and easy to carry or roll around and then set back in place when done. This box is big enough to store quite a bit and your child can leave their creations on display for everyone to see when they're finished. It's a great way to keep things organized, but also a great gift idea for your little Lego lovers! Don't forget to download the free plans as a guide when you build your own!
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