Friday, September 16, 2016

DIY Rustic Carpenter's Toolbox

Hello and happy Friday everyone! Tomorrow is Tristan's birthday and I'm pretty sure I'm more excited about it than he is. We plan on going to the zoo and out to dinner tomorrow, then going to a Day out with Thomas the Train on Sunday.  It's going to be such a great weekend :)

Earlier this week when I shared Tristan's Super Why Party I mentioned that Alpha Pig's tool box was actually a DIY.  When I first came up with the idea to have snacks served inside the character's props, I started searching high and low for the perfect rustic toolbox like the one that Alpha Pig has on the show.

I almost got these beauties but since I really only needed one and not three, I decided that I would try to mimic this design myself.  (Although I am almost positive that I would have found good uses for this set!)

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I began by measuring out how tall I wanted my sides to come up from the top of the box opening.  I made marks on both sides, and I also marked where the center was.  

I knew that I wanted the top of the sides to be 3" wide so I measured out from the center line 1.5" and made my marks on either side.

Using a straight edge I connected the marks to draw lines to show where my cuts needed to be made.

I set each piece on the miter saw and adjusted the angle to make a cuts on the lines.  I didn't take a picture of cutting the straight edge at the bottom, but all I did was measure down 5.5" from the bottom of the angled lines (which is the width of the 1x6).  Hope that makes sense!

Once I had my sides cut, I had the hubby use a 3/4" Spade Drill Bit (which is the coolest tool I've seen in awhile!) to drill holes in top of each, making sure that they were centered. 

Here is where I messed up.  I originally had purchased a 3/4" pipe thinking that it would fit perfectly in my 3/4" holes.  Wrong!!  

I didn't realize that pipe measurements actually go by the interior diameter.  Whoops!

So I returned that one and got a 3/8" pipe which fit perfectly.  I put my pipe in with the caps on the ends to determine what length the bottom should be cut at.  By the way I decided to go with a pipe to mimic Alpha Pig's, but a cheaper route would be to use a wooden dowel and screw it directly to the sides like the set that I saw on Amazon.

I also marked where my other sides needed to be cut.

I spray painted my pipe silver so that it would look just like Alpha Pig's.

Once the pipe was dry, the hubby secured all of the pieces with wood screws and I finished it up by giving it a light sand and staining it with my favorite wood stain.

Here is how it turned out!

My only regret is going so low with the handle.  But that could be an easy fix by chopping some of the top on each side.

It's super sturdy and I love the vintage industrial feel that it has to it.  I didn't add wood filler to the screw holes for that very reason.

It could be left as is but it also looks really nice filled up with seasonal d├ęcor items.

Hope you all have a great weekend, I will be back next week! :)
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  2. The toolbox looks so cute. I have been on the hunt for an old toolbox but I might actually build one myself now and by that I mean let the hubby build me one! Thanks for sharing!

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