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Alphabet Blocks Inspired Kids Storage Seating

 

I couldn’t make an Alphabet Blocks inspired Play Table without making matching seating. I wanted the seating to do double duty.  Kids come with a lot of…toys. (What did you think I was going to say?) So these seats are both ottomans and provide additional storage.

Approximate cost: $15/a seat

Materials
1 – 4×8 sheets of plywood
3 – 1x2x8
2 – 12″ continuous hinges (Piano hinges)
Felt Bars
Paint, stickers and stencils for decoration
Optional :4 – Soft Down Lid Supports

Ok, Let’s Get Dirty!

Cut Dimensions

Alphabet Blocks Inspired Kids Storage Seating


The Lid (Top) 14″x14″





Instructions

Alphabet Blocks Inspired Kids Storage Seating By Toolbox DivasUsing my Kreg Rip-Cut Jig I was able to use my Circular saw and make straight cuts on a sheet of plywood. To cut the sheet of plywood on the floor I created a platform using 2x4s covered by a 1″ sheet of insulation.  This lifts the plywood at a safe cutting height off the floor. At this low flat level it provides stability when cutting such a large piece of wood.

 

Alphabet Blocks Inspired Kids Storage Seating By Toolbox DivasStarting with the bottom 10 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ piece start attaching the sides of the boxes in accordance to the cut diagram for the 2 ottomans. This projects moves faster with a nail gun. However, it can be completed with a hammer and nails and wood glue.
Alphabet Blocks Inspired Kids Storage Seating By Toolbox Divas
Apply wood glue to each side to add support.  Always ensure each side is square using a Carpenter’s Square.

Alphabet Blocks Inspired Kids Storage Seating By Toolbox Divas

Alphabet Blocks Inspired Kids Storage Seating By Toolbox Divas
Alphabet Blocks Inspired Kids Storage Seating By Toolbox Divas

Now cut the 1×2 to make the trim.  I would normally say cut to size because I don’t like providing cut lengths for trim.  But given these are straight cuts I can tell you what my cuts were starting with the first side to the fourth side.
Side 1:  2 – 8 1/4″ & 2 – 12″ cuts
Sides 2 & 3: 2 – 8 1/4″ & 2 – 13 10/16″ cuts
Side 4: 2 – 8 1/4″ & 2 – 13 1/2″
Alphabet Blocks Inspired Kids Storage Seating By Toolbox Divas

The top of the ottoman is 14″x14″.  I wanted to have a more finished look on the top of the ottoman.  So using my Ryobi router table I routed the edges of the top pieces.


Attach the piano hinges to the ottoman connecting the ottoman to the lid/top.

Alphabet Blocks Inspired Kids Storage Seating By Toolbox Divas Finally apply wood filler to cover the holes created by the nail gun and allow time for it to dry before sanding.
Alphabet Blocks Inspired Kids Storage Seating By Toolbox Divas Sand using a fine grit sanding paper.
Alphabet Blocks Inspired Kids Storage Seating By Toolbox Divas
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Apply felts bars on the ottoman where the lid closes.  An option is to add a soft close hinge to either sides of the lid.Now your done. Decorate and Personalize it! Add chalkboard paint to one side so you can add the names of your children. Or use it to identify what’s in the box.

Alphabet Blocks Inspired Kids Storage Seating By Toolbox Divas
Till Next Time! ~T.
Click Here for information on the tutorial of the play table.

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