Heirloom Quality Beats Store Bought ANY DAY | Building a Chest/Toy Box

Heirloom Quality Beats Store Bought ANY DAY | Building a Chest/Toy Box

How to build a toy box/chest! Step by step how I built this white oak toy box.

Toy Box Build Plans – https://www.johnbuildsit.com/plans/p/chesttoy-box-build-plans
6 Drawer Dresser Build Plans – https://www.johnbuildsit.com/plans/p/6-drawer-dresser-build-plans
Baby Crib Build Plans – https://www.johnbuildsit.com/plans/p/baby-crib-build-plans
All my other plans! – https://www.johnbuildsit.com/plans

JH Circular saw shaped push sticks – https://www.johnbuildsit.com/products/p/table-saw-push-stick

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All tools/products Used:
Freud Router Bit Set – https://amzn.to/3rAQQfH
Laguna Planer – https://bit.ly/3eVxkWa
4’x8’ Bora Centipede Work Table – https://amzn.to/3uN1h11
Router Coping Sled – https://amzn.to/3742G8E
Bosch Router Table – https://amzn.to/2UOMAxj
Bosch 2.25hp Router – https://amzn.to/2VbCyX1
Milescraft Drill Block – https://amzn.to/3I3OYEw
Milescraft Center Finder – https://amzn.to/3iTEhs7
Milescraft Dowel Jig – https://amzn.to/3i2qAIa
Jet Drill Press – https://amzn.to/3nqMkzd
Drill Press Table – https://amzn.to/3nurfUE
Glue Roller Bottle – https://amzn.to/3bEXbDd
Rubio Monocoat Natural – https://amzn.to/3iTCfIv
White 3M buffing pads – https://amzn.to/3uel2jz
Milwaukee Jigsaw – https://amzn.to/3OwRO7j
Mirka Sandpaper sample – https://amzn.to/3cJkBEd
Makita Cordless Plunge Track Saw – https://amzn.to/3mpcsdF
Dustopper Dust Separator – https://homedepot.sjv.io/9Kvx0
Milwaukee 18g Brad Nailer – https://amzn.to/3mDFvJe or https://homedepot.sjv.io/A4Lkx
Milwaukee M12 23g Pinner – https://homedepot.sjv.io/5bgme2
Bessey Trigger Clamps – https://homedepot.sjv.io/Ar5GK
Milwaukee M12 Fuel Hammer Drill & Impact gun – https://homedepot.sjv.io/eMjaQ or https://amzn.to/2OWb4h9
Delta Dust Collector -https://amzn.to/3e2ZYF6 or https://homedepot.sjv.io/LPa9qV
Delta Cruzer 12″ Miter Saw – https://amzn.to/3sCK88c
Dewalt Sander – https://amzn.to/2HuKJXX or https://homedepot.sjv.io/JgDev
Glue Brush – https://amzn.to/3jgZBHE
Bessey 50” Parallel Clamp – https://homedepot.sjv.io/3xmBM
Bessey 24” Parallel Clamp – https://homedepot.sjv.io/x1AXR
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Ridgid Table Saw (New Model) -https://homedepot.sjv.io/x1AXd
Rubber Mallet – https://amzn.to/3eDmv8O
Titebond Wood Glue – https://homedepot.sjv.io/BMAeB or https://amzn.to/2TnYIke

1/2″ White Oak Plywood – https://homedepot.sjv.io/VyZnGR

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  1. Primal Edge Designs on July 10, 2023 at 1:44 pm

    came out great!! well done!

  2. Chris B. on July 10, 2023 at 1:44 pm

    Love all the white oak builds you’ve done, as well as every, freaking, thing else you build. Great work as always. 👍👍

  3. nikki hopson on July 10, 2023 at 1:45 pm


  4. Ernesto Escobar on July 10, 2023 at 1:47 pm

    When are you getting a saw stop?? 😉

  5. Rodolfo Callahan on July 10, 2023 at 1:47 pm

    𝕡𝕣𝕠𝕞𝕠𝕤𝕞 🤘

  6. Matthew Silver on July 10, 2023 at 1:47 pm

    Oh no, you don’t have a $1500 Festool Domino joiner? But how will I, average Joe YouTube watcher, know that you’re a serious professional woodworker? No man, great job. Simple explanations and good videography.

  7. Mainer DIY on July 10, 2023 at 1:48 pm

    Another fantastic build. This is fine wood working at it’s finest.

  8. Mike Feddersen on July 10, 2023 at 1:49 pm

    Seeing your baby, a video about good solid wood furniture with a lid that is heavy, had me hoping you built in a safety measure to save their fingers. :/

  9. tonyflynn25 on July 10, 2023 at 1:51 pm

    Lovely build 🙂

  10. ButtmunchCookie on July 10, 2023 at 1:51 pm

    Awesome job! That looks great!

  11. Steve Hillard on July 10, 2023 at 1:51 pm

    You do simply amazing work. Very admirable of all your work and videos.

  12. chevy vega on July 10, 2023 at 1:53 pm

    what was that you spread over the top and sides then buffed off, grain filler? Looked like that little clear screw or drill guide for the hinges gives you an overhang, how much do you have across the front and back??

  13. Dennis Dickson on July 10, 2023 at 1:56 pm

    Great build and video👍

  14. MSartain on July 10, 2023 at 1:59 pm

    Very well done, love that white oak

  15. Alan congrats soon you’ll head 5,000,000 Haghdad on July 10, 2023 at 2:00 pm

    Love it

  16. boggi 123 on July 10, 2023 at 2:01 pm


  17. HD Woodshop on July 10, 2023 at 2:02 pm

    I was wishing I had a nice jointer like you…and a planer. 😅 thank you for sharing. I am making a crib for a grand baby and you’re giving me lots of ideas. I’ll also make a matching chest

  18. Jeremy Huggins on July 10, 2023 at 2:03 pm

    Another great video and awesome build. I just read a comment from someone saying they are glad you actually build things in your videos. I feel the same way. Thank you! I am appreciative of the dowling method you use. Pocket holes are okay in their proper place, and not everyone can afford (or wants) a Festool Domino Joiner. Thanks again.

  19. raul soto on July 10, 2023 at 2:03 pm

    Hola amigo, un placer como siempre ver tus videos, trabajos, siempre me inspiras a seguir aprendiendo, un abrazo desde Chile 🇨🇱🇨🇱🇨🇱🇨🇱🇨🇱🇨🇱

  20. Terri Stroh on July 10, 2023 at 2:05 pm

    Someone told me about your channel a while ago but I mixed your channel with another one and basically just started watching. I’m loving your builds. A good binge watch is in my future.

  21. Gordon Tickle on July 10, 2023 at 2:05 pm

    It is not a Rabbit it is a Re bate my god you Yanks can not speak English.

  22. Evan Quay on July 10, 2023 at 2:05 pm

    I just found your channel and can’t believe the amazing content I have been missing out on! You do amazing work and can’t wait for more videos!

  23. Seth Jaspan on July 10, 2023 at 2:06 pm

    I’m just finishing up the dresser from your plans (thought I made a couple small changes). Need to ask if he wants a toy box to match, or if he still wants a big boy bed to match his dresser.

  24. Two Bit Woodworker on July 10, 2023 at 2:07 pm

    I’m looking at using those hinges soon. The back of the chest is flush with the outside of the legs, is that because the hinges wouldn’t work with a set-back/reveal on the back? If so I’ll have to see about a bevel or something to allow the top to open. Looks great, John.

  25. afd2016 on July 10, 2023 at 2:08 pm

    Another great video! I really appreciate your channel…you make awesome stuff without all the ads and other garbage. The other thing I appreciate is that you actually BUILD stuff. So many other YouTubers don’t build anything anymore…just pitch products or the same “tips” that everyone else has done a video for too. Your channel is pure quality. Thanks!

  26. Rick Cimino on July 10, 2023 at 2:08 pm

    Very nice…..curious about the total cost of materials….?

  27. Robert on July 10, 2023 at 2:10 pm

    Tip: Cut copes first, profile removes tearout, otherwise you need a reverse backer board for 1/2 of them 👍🏻. Good job.

  28. Kelly Scott on July 10, 2023 at 2:11 pm

    Wow, it turned out beautiful!

  29. Lincoln Dickerson on July 10, 2023 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks for sharing your process and the beautiful toy box.

  30. Jordon Harris on July 10, 2023 at 2:16 pm

    What thickness did you plane the panels down to?

  31. joeystork57 on July 10, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    So beautiful!! He will enjoy this toy box for years to come!! Stay safe!!

  32. John Hughes on July 10, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Great build. I appreciate no corny outtakes.
    Just imagine you were able to build without festool and sponsorship.
    Great job, thanks for sharing. Nice shop setup .

  33. Aaron Olmstead on July 10, 2023 at 2:18 pm

    Love your videos and awesome build like always!

  34. Lyn Jermey on July 10, 2023 at 2:19 pm

    Beautiful build.

  35. AZ Paul on July 10, 2023 at 2:19 pm

    Beautiful work, as always.

  36. The Weekend Builder on July 10, 2023 at 2:19 pm

    Good Job

  37. Aaron Singer on July 10, 2023 at 2:20 pm

    How long did this project take? Very nice

  38. Irena Durakic-Edwards on July 10, 2023 at 2:23 pm

    Is this video actually for carpetners who have personal factory at home?All those machines i dont even know names,tables,tools..i taught there are videos for ordinary people who want to make "simple,easy" project..🤔😒

  39. Pancho Brown on July 10, 2023 at 2:23 pm

    Wow!! Nice build. I’m subscribed after watching this video.

  40. Chewy Bacca on July 10, 2023 at 2:24 pm

    Love that you used the drill press….simple and effective. Nice job john!

  41. Kevin Hopson on July 10, 2023 at 2:25 pm

    Another awesome project 👊🏻 keep up the great work

  42. Jim DFW Woodworks on July 10, 2023 at 2:25 pm


  43. John Builds It on July 10, 2023 at 2:30 pm

  44. Linton Rentfro on July 10, 2023 at 2:30 pm

    Thank you for including the glue scraping.

  45. John Mousaw on July 10, 2023 at 2:34 pm

    John, how do you like the Delta Cruzer miter saw?

  46. Aaron Huttner on July 10, 2023 at 2:35 pm

    Will this work for outdoor patio storage?

  47. RTH IRL on July 10, 2023 at 2:38 pm

    I really wanna build this now. I just finished your crib plan.

  48. Stephen S on July 10, 2023 at 2:41 pm

    Another great build job. I’d be very interested in a workshop tour. Esp those Milwaukee tool boxes at 2:07 and what you think of them and how you kitted them out.

  49. Kathy Phetteplace on July 10, 2023 at 2:43 pm

    Beautiful build as always!! Can’t wait for your next project!

  50. Zachary Hawkins on July 10, 2023 at 2:43 pm

    I browsed the internet high and low for a build exactly like this a few months ago and couldnt find it. I ended up throwing my own plan together but definetly wish I would have seen this first for a few changes. Very similar to what I did tho.