Lego Build and Store Toy box

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Lego Build and Store Toy box

Build your own giant lego toybox! Free step by step plans!

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Lego Toy Box, Lego Table, Lego, Giant Lego, Duplo
Lego box on casters to make it easier to Move
Legos on the Top, will stay but when closed
Building Surface on the Lego Box

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Author Notes: 

Hi everyone!

It's almost that time ... time to pull out your tools and turn your garage into Santa's workshop and handmake gifts!

When Michael W made this lego table and shared the plans with us (thank you Michael for your generosity!), we had quite a few emails asking for sketch up diagrams to match as many of you like to see a diagram with each step. Michael was kind enough to let me draw a few diagrams to match his instructions for this amazing creative lego table. Best part? Flip the lid over and attach lego mats to the underside to make this both a toybox and a play table.

Brilliant design for sure!

A huge thank you again to Michael for sharing the plans. What is your favorite color lego? What color are you painting yours?

Shopping List: 

1 - 4 x 8 Sheets of 3/4" Surfaced Plywood.
1 - 8 foot long 2x2.
1 gallon of Indoor Paint (color of choice)
1 - 16 oz bottle of Wood Glue
4 - rolling casters, or Wheels. If you want it to be Mobile.
2 - 10" x 10" Lego building Plates

1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
paint
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
hammer
safety glasses
hearing protection
circular saw
jigsaw
level
General Instructions: 

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Dimensions: 
Lego Dimensions
36"L X 18"W X 10 3/4" H
Cut List: 

Plywood Cuts -
2 - 18" X 10 3/4" end Pieces
2 - 34 3/4" x 10 3/4" Side Walls
2 - 34 3/4" X 16 3/4" Base & top Plates (NOTE: You may wish to cut one of the top pieces 1/4" less in width/height to fit easier in top as noted in plans)
24 - 5 1/4" Diameter Circles

2x2 Board Cuts -
6- 9 1/4" Long Boards (Lids supports)

Cutting Instructions: 
Cut the 1x2 first, then Cut your straight Pieces from your sheets of Plywood. You can have the hardware store cut you sheets of Plywood in half to make 4' x 4' squares, which are easier to handle. Cut the rectangular pieces for the Lid and Base first, then Cut the Sides and end Plates. Lastly cut the circles from the plywood leftovers.
Step 1: 

Cut Sheets of Plywood to dimensions listed above, and mark each piece with so you will know what is what.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Start by assembling the Rectangular exterior. You can use either Nails and Glue, or even a Kreg jig to assemble. We used wood glue, and nails to construct the outer box.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Once the outer box is assembled, we used some scrap pieces of 3/4 ply wood to give us a raised support for the base, we then sat the base on the scrap pieces and lowered the box onto the base. This will give you a 3/4 space beneath the bottom of the box to install your casters. If you don't want to use casters, then set the bottom on a flat surface and attach to the rectangular box.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Take your Circles that you cut out earlier and glue 3 of them together to equal 1 Peg. Do this for the remaining 7 Pegs. Clamp tightly or nail them together from the bottom of the peg.

Step 5 Instructions: 

Once Circles are glued together, sand them smooth and to the desired height and Paint them the color you are going to paint the box (or maybe a different color). I recommend painting the sides and tops of the circles only, this will aid in getting the circles to attach to the top better in the next step. And it is easier to paint them now.

Step 6 Instructions: 

Cut out two 3 1/2 x 2" Cut outs in the end of the top sheet of Plywood to act as handles. Once that is complete, sand the piece smooth and attach the circles with Wood glue, and screws. on the Other side of the lid, glue on the 2 10"X10" building plates, this will be a hidden building area once complete.

Step 7 Instructions: 

While the top is Drying, attach the 2x2 supports to the inside of the box,1 in each corner, and 1 along the sides. These strips are the lid support, and also help keep the box strong.

Step 8 Instructions: 

Sit Lid on box, and test for final fit, some sanding may need to be done to the edges to round them a little, and to allow for a little gap to form

Step 9 Instructions: 

Sand all exposed surfaces, and paint them your desired color.

Step 10 Instructions: 

Attach Casters to bottom of box using provided hardware or 1/2" scews.

Step 11: 

Once everything is dry, you may want to coat with a layer of spray on Polyurethane, this will help keep the box looking nice, and reduce the tackiness of the paint.

Step 12: 

Fill with Lego's and go Play.

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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Comments

This is awesome, creative, and so fun!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

I'd love to put a few diagrams for the step together for you! Let me know if you are interested!

Ana

Ana,

That sounds awesome.. I am very interested in doing that. My wife found your site a little while ago and we have been hooked ever since. Also, if you ever need anyone to volunteer to build something and send you pics of the process let me know and I will see what we can do.

V/r,

Michael

I saw something similar on extreme home make over except they made a bunch and created a bed frame, and full bedroom suit out of them. Just an idea for when plans are being drawn up.

He Anna!
I was wondering if you could modify this to have a hinged top? What hinges would you recommend? Also if I made this twice as tall how much more material would I need? Thanks for posting this!
Dulce

Hi Dulce, of course! I'd use the narrow profile butt hinges that sit in the gap between the top and the box frame to make the hinge invisible. But another way is just to surface mount the hinge (easiest way). Because it's a toybox, I recommend lid supports to keep little fingers from getting pinched.

You definitely have the plywood to go taller in this shopping list already. Just draw out a 48" x 96" sheet of plywood and draw the top and bottom pieces out. From the remainder, you will need to cut:

2 - 18" X 10 3/4" end Pieces
2 - 34 3/4" x 10 3/4" Side Walls

To make taller toy box, you would make the 10 3/4" measurement larger. So for example, the sides could be 34 3/4" x 15" or whatever you can fit on the plywood. Hope this helps you modify the plans to fit! Ana

This is a great looking plan and would be a lot of fun for the kiddos. The only problem is that adding those 24 circles of wood will increase the weight of the lid dramatically. Instead, of full circles, 16 of those circles should just be hoops. Cut out the interior of the bottom two layers of the circles before assembling them so that your pegs have 3/4" walls You could even cut out holes in the lid so that the pegs can be seen from the interior of the lid. This would save a significant amount of weight and should still be fairly kid-proof.

I'd like to know how youre cutting the circles out. The easiest way I can think of to do this is actually to use my whole saw. Then I know that I am going to get a perfect circle that is going to be exactly the same every time......but then that leaves the hole where the drill bit sits in the middle. I guess I woudl just fill that with a dowel or something to make it appear solid when finished. I guess they could be cut with a jigsaw, but that seems to provide too much variable on how the circles turn out.

I'd love to try to build this in the near future. I wonder how difficult it would be to make the round parts of the lid storage as well? I apologize if anyone has already put this idea out there! I'm not 100% sure how you'd do it yet though...just have to sit on it awhile!

Judging from the photo of the lid with 2 building plates, those are actually Lego Duplo plates that are 15" x 15" (24 pegs wide), not standard 10" x 10" Lego building plates (32 pegs wide). Duplo blocks are larger than standard Legos. You can purchase 15" x 15" building plates for standard Legos, but if you only want to use 2 10" x 10" plates the whole project could be smaller.