How to Build Your Own Toolbox

A wooden toolbox and drawer
What You'll Need
Wooden material
Miter box
Measure tape
Nails or screws
Wood finish

Having a toolbox is quite handy; just think about how often you needed a particular wrench, screwdriver or some other tool and, always under pressing circumstances. You searched everywhere for it, turning your garage and basement upside down, only to end up speeding off to the nearest hardware store. In these cases, a toolbox, neatly safekeeping your instruments, would have saved you much time, effort, and, more importantly, money. A toolbox is not too expensive to buy and will always be of good service to you. What is even better, you don’t have to buy one. Investing a little time and imagination, you can build a wonderful toolbox all by yourself.

Step 1 - Choose the Toolbox Materials

Out of the different kinds of wood you can purchase (maple, oak, walnut, etc.), you may consider opting for pinewood. It is durable, easy to work with, and reasonably priced.

Fasten the parts of the toolbox either with finishing nails (the stronger option) or with wood screws (the neater alternative). Both types of fasteners are largely available and can be purchased at a good price.

Step 2 - Prepare the Basic Instruments to Be Used

For the cutting of the toolbox parts, you will need a handsaw and a miter box, or a miter saw. Also, prepare a drill with a suitable bit, which you will utilize to bore holes for the fasteners (the bit diameter should be slightly smaller than that of the fasteners). A hammer and a measuring tape will come in handy, too.

Step 3 - Build the Toolbox

smaller toolbox filled with tools

A basic toolbox consists of two sides, two ends, a bottom, and a handle. Cut these in a size of your choice. Pre-drill holes in the toolbox ends, at the junctures where they will meet with the toolbox sides. Also, drill holes in the toolbox bottom where it will join with the sides and ends.

Spread a bead of glue over the edges of the sides and ends and press them together to form a frame. Wait for the glue to dry and fasten with nails or screws. Spread some glue over the toolbox bottom and press it to the frame. Wait for the glue to dry and fasten. All that remains is to add a handle to your toolbox.

On each side of the toolbox, drill a hole with the same diameter and position. For a handle, you can use a dowel with diameter equal to that of the holes. Run the dowel through the holes and fasten with nails.

Step 4 - Finish Up

Sand the whole toolbox with 120-grit sandpaper to smooth any rough edges. Apply a protective coating of wood finish (e.g. exterior-grade paint) and wait for it to dry. Your brand-new toolbox is now ready to use.