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Wooden toolbox for 10-year-old, plan?

I've a granddaughter who is a "can-do" personality and she wants a toolkit. I thought it would be great to make her a toolbox and wonder if anyone has done that or has a plan?

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I've a granddaughter who is a "can-do" personality and she wants a toolkit. I thought it would be great to make her a toolbox and wonder if anyone has done that or has a plan?

Thanks, all!
Hey Chuck...I love to teach and work with kids...I'll see what others have to offer you in regards to your request first before dragging you down any of my "rabbit holes"...lol...

In the meantime, I can share it is a blast to have them "build there own" and she is more than old enough (at least I think so!?)

I have designed a few that even younger can do, and/or assemble themselves with only joinery...

Do you use Sketchup and/or know what it is? You can download it free if you are open to it...?..That is what I tend to design in now...

We can explore some to that later if you don't get a design you like from others here on the forum...

I'll check back in on the weekend!!!
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If you "google" "children's tool box plans" you will come up with lots of ideas.


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I like the look of this one on BuildSomething. Looks like a pretty straight forward build. You should be able to scale it as needed. LINK



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This is one of those projects that I would not want to work off of a set of plans...design it as you go based off the tools it will hold and add your own finishing touch.
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Micheal's sells a kit for $7.00.

And lots more here: https://www.google.com/search?q=kids...AFGw1qZQ8-GlM:
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Great opportunity ......

It wll be a good time to sit down with her, a sketch pad and some colored pencils/markers and "spit ball" some of her ideas. Let her design it based on the questions you ask her.... how big, how long, what's made of..... wanna paint it or leave it rough, unpainted... OR paint flowers, birds or animals on it .... should it lock.... what should it hold..... get my drift?


Some kid's stuff have a long handle and they can pull it around on wheels.

Combine it with another toy, wagon, rocking horse, doll carriage ...?


Repurpose another item like a large mailbox, old radio cabinet, toy box ...?



In order to "fit in" when i was 5 years old, my tool box had a small baby doll inside along with the hammers and saws. I don't remember for sure, but there weren't a whole lot of boys to play with in our apartment building....... and the little girls all had dolls.
No one every questioned my "manhood" then or to this day.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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Do you use Sketchup and/or know what it is? You can download it free if you are open to it...?..That is what I tend to design in now...
Thank you, Jay! I've looked at Sketchup but felt I lacked the gray matter to catch on to how to make it go. So I've stuck with scratching out what I want to do with pad and pencil.

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No one every questioned my "manhood" then or to this day.
Yea...about that...you can consider yourself questioned now.
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Thank you, Jay! I've looked at Sketchup but felt I lacked the gray matter to catch on to how to make it go. So I've stuck with scratching out what I want to do with pad and pencil.
I hear you Chuck...

Don't underestimate your "gray matter," on this one...You can do it!!!

More importantly...your Granddaughter can do it!!!!...

This would be a great way for her to not only help design her own Tool Box that you help her build, but you both get to learn something together (that's assuming she isn't already playing with the program...many school kids are now!) She probably will take to it faster than you...LOL......and can take your "hand sketch" and turn it into a CAD model that is much easier to manipulate, change and augment as she (or you?) see fit.

I have taught Sketchup to elementary school kids as young as Kindergarten. My last school involvement with this subject (as it might relate to your project) was with 3rd to 5th graders that all where making
CAD models of the different examples of archtiecture by Frank Lloyd Wright. Some of there models where exceptional!!!

I'm confident she would take to this like a duck to water, unless she is one of the "rare ones" that really does not like computers...???

If you would like to try this...and need some guidance or assistance just let me know?

Look forward to her ideas about what she wants for a tool box...???...no matter how the final rending is done...
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I totally agree with the two of you design it argument. Come on, all were talking about is a box. Ive been doing woodworking for 60+ years and the most enjoyable part has always been designing my own stuff. This is especially true when I was a youngster. After all, in my view, the whole point is to build stuff thats unique. Otherwise, go to Walmart. I do love the idea of a toolbox for a youngster. My father, God bless him, gave me a steel toolbox loaded with the real deal stuff, when I was maybe 9 years old. I still have that toolbox and all the tools, which I continue to use 60+ years later. We need a generation of people who can actually do stuff beyond thumbing a cellphone.
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It occurs to me that all kinds of people ask for all kinds of plans to built all kinds of things.
So here's a first chance to teach the art of designing and planning.

All the stuff you need to know _before_ you cut a stick.


This charming grandchild needs to build a box, to use her tools, to wrap around her tools.
She's better off without chrome, blinking lights and many sanded coats of sanded finish.
I'm too busy making sandwiches to cut wood for her.
Then we can sit and have lunch and cocoa with our sandwiches and discuss progress.
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It occurs to me that all kinds of people ask for all kinds of plans to built all kinds of things.
So here's a first chance to teach the art of designing and planning.

All the stuff you need to know _before_ you cut a stick.


This charming grandchild needs to build a box, to use her tools, to wrap around her tools.
She's better off without chrome, blinking lights and many sanded coats of sanded finish.
I'm too busy making sandwiches to cut wood for her.
Then we can sit and have lunch and cocoa with our sandwiches and discuss progress.

???????


You lost me.


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No one every questioned my "manhood" then or to this day.
Is it because you hide the doll under the big wrench, where the other workers can't see it? :-)

Note to self:
I have never seen a teddy bear strapped to a table saw or bandsaw, the way we see them strapped to the back of motorcycles sometimes. My "shop bear" would get covered in wood chips and sawdust, just like the real ones in the forest!
-> Time to start a new fad / trend?

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This has been fun!

While I like the diagonal handle design Joel suggested above I was thinking of something a bit larger with fold-outs or nesting trays or something -perhaps with a double hinged lid? IDK. A simple box is certainly something we/she could design and build and maybe I was thinking in too grandiose a realm.

I think that if I could make use of Sketchup regularly I could better remember how to do things with it. My "woodworking' isn't well-developed (I'd love to build a cabinet but haven't yet.) I have finally build my first stringed instrument and make jigs etc. for that and small projects. Perhaps one day...

I will try to get a photo of what we come up with posted down the road.

Thanks, all!
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GeorgeC: Planning and designing come before building. Just another wood working skill to be learned.
I have a coil-bound notebook of sloppy pencil sketches with measurements,

plans from all kinds of projects that I've built from wood and metal.


Some things, like a "Golden Mean" proportional divider, have such specific measurements that I can NEVER remember.
So, I was quite careful to make nice sketches to enable my feeble mind.



Like wood carving: 1/2 the skill is being able to sustain carving sharp edges, to know what they are.
Shaving sharp is inadequate.
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This has been fun! ...I think that if I could make use of Sketchup regularly I could better remember how to do things with it. My "woodworking' isn't well-developed (I'd love to build a cabinet but haven't yet.) I have finally build my first stringed instrument and make jigs etc. for that and small projects. Perhaps one day...I will try to get a photo of what we come up with posted down the road..Thanks, all!
Hey Chuck,

It has been fun...

By hand or with CAD...sitting down with her and designing this is a big part of "that fun!" You will remember this the rest of your life, and I know she will, as many of us do from our own pasts...

Have a great time, and reach-out if you need anything...!!!

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