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Shaker Blanket Box #1: The Design Brief

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Blog entry by DoctorDan posted 04-28-2010 12:10 PM 1336 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I wanted to make my two young nieces (under 5) a present for Christmas. Their mother suggested a blanket/toy box with the following specifications. Size 800mm wide, 400 deep, and 500 high. No sharp corners. A slow close mechanism for fingers. And it should be able to be used as a seat.

More pictures.

-- Daniel - http://theloveofwood.blogspot.com/



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Moron

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#1 posted 04-28-2010 12:42 PM

you have one sharp corner on the side apron…..comes to a point. Imagine walking at night and sliding your bare foot right into it. That said it looks nice.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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crank49

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#2 posted 04-28-2010 08:04 PM

Is that green part on top a cushion?

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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JohnnyW

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#3 posted 04-28-2010 10:46 PM

You might want to add a relief to the top of the vertical panels so that your nieces can’t trap their fingers as the lid closes. Just an inch or so at the edges would probably be enough to support the top. It would also mean they would get air if they decided to climb into it!.

Nice design though, especially the scroll work.

-- John

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bigike

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#4 posted 04-28-2010 11:41 PM

great work, i think it’ll be a nice chest. You might want to incorp. a chalk board kids at that age love to express themselves. ;)

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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DoctorDan

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#5 posted 04-28-2010 11:50 PM

The green thing is a cushion, yeah, the plan was for someone else in the family to patchwork the cushion.

I wonder that instead of making it of nice timber (eg. cedar) I should make it of pine and then paint the whole thing in blackboard paint.

-- Daniel - http://theloveofwood.blogspot.com/

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