Pursuading kids to put away toys can be a battle, but giving them a rocket storage cabinet makes the job a lot more fun.
In the February 2016 issue of Handyman, we explain how to build this fun cabinet using timber and Corflute. Click here to get this issue of the magazine online.
We have included templates for the parts below, as well as additional instructions to make assembly easy.
Apply adhesive and push halves of the planform together. Use bar clamps at the narrower end and bind the larger wing section by wrapping it with a tiedown strap then ratcheting it tight. Use an offcut to shield the plywood from the ratchet.
Apply interior PVA adhesive and tap in the dowels on one side, then position the planform on a flat surface and align the dowels with their corresponding holes. Use baking paper, a drop sheet or plastic wrap to catch any drips.
To save money and reduce wastage, the planform can also be assembled from two identical pieces cut from a lengthways half-sheet of 12mm plywood and joined edge-to-edge. Start by drilling holes for 6mm dowels using a dowelling jig and 6mm brad-point bit, 50mm and 150mm from the nose end and then at 200mm intervals. Use dowel centres to transfer the hole positions to the second half.
The main engine nozzles are made from children’s plastic drink tumblers, sanded lightly with 120 grit paper and painted with matt black enamel. Secure them to the base of the carcass by drilling 2mm pilot holes 75mm in from the sides and base shelf edge, and 120mm from the planform for the side engines. Use an extra-long driver bit to secure a screw through the base of each cup.
Cut each shelf and pair of door ribs as a single unit. The kerf of the jigsaw blade will provide suitable clearance, but mark each set with numbers or letters to ensure everything matches perfectly when assembled.