I am making a Toy Chest for my daughter Candace. Well, it is actually for her two girls Lola and LuLu. This project has been an adventure. This toy chest I am making it after a blanket chest that was featured on a cover of Fine Woodworking. I have modified the magazine’s plan somewhat; for instance I am going to add a base to my chest. Since this will be a toy chest I am also looking to purchase a nice hinge that will make the lid safe for small children’s use.
On my lumber shopping trip my eye was caught by a stack of eastern yellow pine. I forget how many board feet I bought. I made sure that I would have plenty of extra in order to navigate my panels around some knots. I surely was going to allow knots in my chest’s design, but I was planning to join the case at the corners with dovetails. The knots would not be allowed in the tail or pin area of the joinery.
I milled the lumber, of course, to flat and square. Then I began to glue up some panels for the sides, front, back and lid. At some point during this glue up process I realized that he magazines chest, if I was going to follow its plan, was going to be quite small. I began looking for more pine lumber that I had milled so I could at least add more height to my chest. If I followed the magazine’s plan the height of the chest would have been only about 15 inches tall. I added additional board pieces so I could get a chest height of 21 inches. There wasn’t much I could do about increasing the length of the chest at this stage but for the panels I already had glued up, I was going to maximize this chest’s length as much as I could.
For now this chest’s overall size will be approximately the following:
Pine milled thickness is 7/8 inches. The base’s pine will be 3/4” thick.
Overall height: 26 inches
Lid dimensions: 19” wide by 30 1/2” long
Dimensions of the case: 18” wide by 28 1/2” long by 21” tall
Base dimensions: 18 3/4” wide by 30” long by 4” tall
However, I am designing this chest as I progress on its build. These dimensions are just a guideline. The final dimensions may change.
A Pine Panel Glue Up…
Checking the height of my panels… I decided I need more height…
I needed to stabilize these knots so I am applying some epoxy…
After Panels are Glued I Milled them
further to Four-Square. Stick Stacked.
My Leigh D4R JIG used to cut the dovetails in these panels.
After dovetails were cut I did a dry fit of this case.
Next step will be to route a rabbet around the inside bottom edge of case so I can fasten the case’s bottom slats.
-- --- Happy Howie