By Jessica Ansley of Artbucket Creations

Are you looking for a fun and usable gift to make for Fathers Day? We already made our custom hammers, why not make your own custom tool box to HOLD YOUR HAMMERS!?

Today I want to go over how to make your own wooden tool box, as well as give you some great resources where you could find ones already made that you can still customize, if you don’t have the ability to make your own!

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Tools List:
Miter Saw
Jig Saw
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Drill bit for pre-drilling with countersink
Driver bit for screws
1″ Spade Bit
24 in. Racheting Bar Clamp/Spreader
Sandpaper (220 grit)

Supplies List:
1x8x38.5 inches Wood Planks   ( I used common board made from pine)
1x5x29 inches Wood Planks ( I used common boards made from pine)
1″ Circumference  Dowel Rod- 16 inches in length
Wood Glue
Wood Stain
#8×2 inch General Purpose Wood Screws
3/8th Wood Plugs (optional)
If Stenciling A Design:
Acrylic Paint
Paint Brushes
Silhouette Cameo or Other Vinyl Cutting Machine
Stencil Material such as Oracal 631, Oramask 813, etc
Transfer Tape

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Wood Measurements:
(1) Bottom Base Piece- 1×8 cut into 14.5 inch length
(2) End Pieces- 1×8 cut into 12 inch lengths
(2) Side Pieces- 1×5 cut into 14.5 inch lengths



1. Make your measurements for all of your pieces and cut them with your miter saw.

2. Beginning with your two end pieces, clamp both together so that you get two pieces that are exactly the same size. Find your center and mark it with your pencil by measuring at one end of the board.

3. Make your measurements and markings to get ready to cut your end piece shapes. You will want to make a mark 1″ from either side of your center mark that you just made in step 2.  You will also want to make a mark 5″ from the bottom of your piece on either side.

4. Use your speed square to draw straight lines connecting your marks on both sides.

5. Using your jig saw, cut on your straight lines. Sand your freshly cut areas with your 220 grit sandpaper.

6. Find your center mark again and make an “X” mark 1.25″ below your center mark.

7. Using your drill and your 1″ spade bit, drill your dowel holes.

8. Your ends pieces are done, now it is time to assemble! If you have made it this far, the hard part is over!

9. Next we need to use our wood glue to glue all of our pieces together. Use clamps to hold them together while drying and they also help with holding them to screw everything together.

10. Following the video below and the diagram above, pre-drill your holes using your drill and countersink drill bit.

11. Screw your #8×2 ” general multipurpose wood screws into the holes your just drilled using your driver and bit.

12. Add wood glue to the ends of your dowel rod and slide them into the holes made for your dowel.

13. Pre-Drill a hole from the top of your end pieces going into your dowel rod. Screw one of your screws into this hole.

14. Use your 3/8th ” wood plugs to plug all hole using wood glue (Optional)

15. Stain your tool box using your choice of wood stain.

16. If stenciling, stencil your design onto the side. If not, seal with your favorite sealer for wood projects.

TaDa! You did it! Aren’t you proud of yourself? Give yourself a hearty pat on the back!

Here is the video tutorial for those of you that are visual learners like me!

Check out these awesome fathers day themed tool box designs that you can purchase to create a one of a kind Father’s Day Gift! Click HERE to check them out! They are also commercially licensed!

For those of you that don’t have the means to build your own, check out these awesome pre-made/built blanks that you can still personalize! Click the links to see them!

Wood Tool Box 1
Wood Tool Box 2
Wood Tool Box 3

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