As you may recall from my previous post, we recently acquired a new furry family member, a Border Collie named Hannah. She has a lot of toys to keep her entertained (since she does have boundless amounts of energy!) But this means that many rooms in our house look like this (but usually worse!):
So, to combat the mess of dog toys and to satisfy my organizational needs, I decided to build a dog toy box to store all of her toys. I wanted something that was easily identifiable as being for the dog, but yet still looked rustic and classy. Here is what I came up with :
My goal is to teach her how to put her toys in this toy box at the end of each day (fingers crossed!) Today I’m sharing the plans for building this cute dog toy box! Here are the materials and free plans for this project:
DIY Dog Toy Box Materials:
|1/2 sheet||3/4″ plywood|
|1||1″ x 12″ @ 6′|
Tools and Supplies:
|Miter Saw||Jig Saw||Drill/Driver||Kreg Jig|
|Circular Saw||Ryobi Airstrike Nailer||1 1/2″ 18 gauge brad nails||Rustoleum Dark Walnut stain|
|Wood Glue||Wood Filler||1 1/4″ Kreg pocket hole screws||Carbon Transfer Tracing Paper|
|#||Board Type||Cut to Size/Length:|
|2||3/4″ plywood||30″ x 18″ bone shape (download template here)|
|1||1″ x 12″||25″|
|2||1″ x 12″||11 1/2″|
DIY Dog Toy Box Instructions:
First, download and print the template for the bone shape (in the cut list above). If you would like a smaller or larger toy box, you can create your own template by inserting a clip art of a bone shape into Microsoft Excel (use Excel instead of Word because you can print a picture across multiple pages in Excel). Once you have the template printed, assemble the pages into the correct shape and tape the pages together.
Next, place enough sheets of carbon transfer paper on a portion of the 3/4″ 1/2 plywood sheet to fit under the template.
Place the bone template on top of the tracing paper and trace the shape onto the plywood.
Next, using a jig saw, cut out the shape that has been traced onto the 3/4″ plywood.
Now, sand down the edges of the bone shape until the shape is as smooth and perfect as you can get it.
Using a circular saw, cut off the excess wood where the shape was just cut out, this will make the next step easier.
Using the second half of the 3/4″ plywood sheet, place the cut-out bone-shaped piece of plywood onto the remaining plywood and trace it with a pencil.
Time to cut the 1×12 boards. Cut one 1×12 board to 25″ in length, and cut two 1×12 boards to 11 1/2″ in length each.
Then, using the Kreg jig, drill four 3/4″ pocket holes into each of the long sides of one side of the 25″ 1×12 board.
Then, drill 3/4″ pocket holes into one edge of each of the 11 1/2″ boards.
Now, using wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws, attach one 11 1/2″ 1×12 board to each end of the 25″ 1×12 board.
Then, use wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws to attach the 1×12 boards to one of the bone-shaped boards. The 25″ board should line up with the bottom middle section of the bone-shape. (At this point you will only be attaching the 25″ board to the bone-shaped boards, you will use brad nails to attached the sides pieces in a later step).
Now, attach the other side of the bone-shaped board to the 1×12 boards using wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.
Once the front and back boards are attached, use the Ryobi Airstrike nailer and 1 1/4″ brad nails to attach the front and back bone-shaped boards to the side 1×12″ boards.
Your dog toy box should look like this:
Sand the box and add your favorite wood stain or paint. I chose Rustoleum Dark Walnut.
I wanted to personalize the box, so I printed off wording saying “Hannah’s Toys” in a font I liked. I used my usual go-to method for painting lettering onto wood. I taped the printed wording onto the toy box in the location I wanted, and then traced the lettering with a pen (pressing hard enough that the wording is indented into the wood).
I then used a Sharpie, white oil-based paint pen to fill in the lettering. Once dry, I added in some of her toys! Much cleaner now! 🙂
This is a fairly easy project (after some practice with the jig saw!) and inexpensive to make. I now have a way to keep all of those painful-to-the-feet-when-stepped-on dog toys off the floor (at least until the dog pulls them back out again…) 🙂 How do you keep your dogs toys organized and off the floor? I’d love to hear from you!