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Blog entry by David Grimes posted 08-15-2011 09:59 AM 3794 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This toy box is for my Grandson Alex (he’s two) that I have been waiting to finish for far too long.

It is oak veneer and solids, quite simple and includes two of the Rockler toy box safety hinges (two because I ordered the first one under-estimating the weight of the lid). ’=)

Now that it is finger-safe, I have stained the top and sides with Minwax Provincial stain, then brushed on one thick coat of Zinsser gloss urethane. It will likely require a second coat.

The edge of the top and the base trim will be painted immediately after the clear gloss has cured.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia



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ajosephg

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#1 posted 08-15-2011 02:24 PM

Looks nice. He will get many years of enjoyment.

If you want it to be CPSC compliant, you should add some vent holes in locations that can’t be blocked. I don’t immediately remember the minimum size of the holes. Let me know if you want me to find out. (I used to test these sort of things.)

-- Joe

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David Grimes

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#2 posted 08-15-2011 04:07 PM

Thanks, Joe. I’m sure he will.

Only thing is, most kids get as many toys on one b’day as this toy box will hold (or that I ever got in five Christmas’s).

I already checked on the safety aspects with the hinges and the air access. When I put the top corner bumpers (1/8”) on, there will be sufficient air access around the perimeter of the lid to prevent asphyxiation (if he climbed in the box and fell asleep with the lid down).

Small world. I have worked in quality and testing labs with Tecumseh Products and Cooper Tires over the years.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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ajosephg

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#3 posted 08-15-2011 04:16 PM

Cool, I couldn’t see the corner bumpers.

I worked for an independent test lab for 5 years as a pre-retirement job. Tested the exact safety hinges that you used on your chest. If my memory is correct, they had to withstand 5000 cycles and still hold the lid up. That was a tough test.

-- Joe

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mafe

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#4 posted 08-16-2011 12:03 AM

Some one will be really happy now.
And when hew grow up he can fill it up with tools!
Really nice job you have done.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Grandpa

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#5 posted 08-16-2011 04:39 AM

beautiful chest. He can pass that to his children some day.

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David Grimes

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#6 posted 08-17-2011 07:01 AM

Second coat of Glidden gel paint drying.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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