Toy Box With Shelf


I found this project on Pinterest and started to make it without a pattern. For that reason, you may have to watch the angles and do the 36 degree first then 37 degree angle and see how tight it joins before cutting the 45 degree angles and lengths down in case you have to adjust the angles slightly. Here are the steps.

Things you need

4 – 1 x 4″ length boards (5 for safe measure)

1 – 1/4″ sheet of plywood

Wood glue

Screws to attach the back and front to the sides

Furniture Paint or chalk paint and finishing top coat


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Here are the angles. Watch that you flip the 1 x 4 ” halved board when cutting the second side so that it is opposite of the other side.

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Starting with the front face of the toy box, lay the two 17 1/2″ lengths boards on a flat surface side by side leaving enough space for the three width boards. Then place all three 18 1/2″ boards between. Mark the spaces starting from the bottom 3″ up on the 17 1/2″ board and spacing each board 2″ apart. Glue each board in place, clamp and leave for required amount of time as glue specifies. Do the same for the back.


You will want to frame the inside where the shelf goes and the bottom for the base with a 1 x 1″ board.


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I found this after I’d already started the toy box but I sure could have used this pattern.


Turning a TV Stand into a Bench


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Wondering what to do with the old, plain TV stand? Well, here is an idea. Take it apart and turn it into a bench with a coat rack. That is a project I took on. Here is what I did with the help of my daughter and husband.

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After it was apart, I sanded it so that I could paint it when the project was complete.

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Since I didn’t have a saw, I had a few helpers. I had the legs cut, leaving the ledge on so that the new top board, which was the middle, would now be the top. When the legs were cut, I attached the bottom base so I could draw a line on the inside where I wanted to slide a back and side piece of plywood in to box it in, leaving the front open for drawers.

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The line needed to be about 1/4 inch in and the depth of the cut should be at least 1/8 deep. I then had the line cut down the leg from the top down to the next notch, which is to the bottom base. I measured sides, both length and hight. and had a 1/4 inch sheet of plywood cut to size.

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Next was to make a middle so the drawer track could attach to it. Once that was done it was time to make a drawer. The drawers needed to be as accurate as possible, a bit smaller on the inside is okay because it could be adjusted until if fits in and slides with ease using shim.

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I painted the finished bench part and moved on to the next thing, making the top part (optional).

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I had to use my daughter to cut the first part of the coat rack frame. It should be at least 6′ high total from the floor, with the bench, to the top of the rack. Once I marked the cuts, hight and width of the bench, I sent the two side 4 x 4 boards and the top 6 x 2 board with the bottom 4 x 2 board to be cut. She had done an accurate cut. Once the frame was put together I had the plywood that was left over from the framing of the bench attached to the frame. I cut two strips of 2 x 2 for the centre to dress it up.

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Now it was my turn to take over the cutting. I wanted a top shelf so I measured a 2 x 6 board to the width of the top frame. Then with a 45-degree-angle cut I cut a 2 x 4 for the front face of the shelf and sides and a quarter round extending the length to fit around the front 2 x 4 and sides.

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I attached the top and then cut a 4 x 4 and 2 x 4 piece for the center of the arm and a top and bottom 2 x 4 arm rest. I attached that to the frame.

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I painted it and the hooks were put on to match the door handles. Adding a cushion and pillow matching the curtain tied the room together. To make the cushion go to – bench Cushion.

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Bench Cushion



To make a cushion for a bench, the first thing is to make sure the foam is cut to fit the seat.


Once cut, lay out the fabric and place the cushion foam on the fabric. Draw stitch lines with chalk, leaving enough stitch room to fold around the cushion and up, which should cover the sides with an extended 1″ to 1 1/2″ sewing room. Cut the fabric.


Then cut the top with a 1″ to 1 1/2″ overhang that will attach to the bottom. Make bias piping with a cord and choice of fabric as your bias tape. Use a zipper pedal so that the stitch is close to the cord (rope). I made a matching button with the same material which I used fabric from the curtain I resized to fit the window so that it would match the décor.


When piping is sewn, pin it to the bottom fabric while also shaping to the foam to create a tight fit. Sew the piping to the bottom.


Turn the fabric inside out and place foam back on. Place top material wrong side up. Pin.


Sew it using a zipper foot pedal. Leave the back side unsewn for last. When sewn, pull the foam out and turn your fabric right side out and place the foam back in. Hand stitch the back-end to close up the cushion.


To view the bench for which the cushion belongs on go to – Turning a TV Stand into a Bench