Plans to build a toy box are available online at hgtv.com, thisoldhouse.com, instructables.com and freebies.about.com. These sites feature a variety of styles for boys and girls and for ranges of ages, interests and different levels of woodworking skills.
The HGTV website provides written instructions for building a toy chest that doubles as a bench. The instructions include a list of necessary supplies and step-by-step directions.
This Old House features plans for building a toy box that looks like a barn. The site offers a downloadable template, pictures, a shopping list and cost estimate.
Instructables.com provides plans for a soft-close toy box. A shopping list of needed supplies and written instructions accompany a diagram and finished picture.
About.com has links to nine free toy box plans, including basic, themed and decorative boxes. There is even a caboose-inspired toy box with a checkerboard game top.