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Blog series by John M updated 08-28-2009 06:54 AM 3 parts 18040 reads 15 comments total

Part 1: Secret Compartment Toy Box

08-22-2009 08:26 AM by John M | 5 comments »

This project is definitely my most ambitious to date. How complicated can it be right? I’m sure for some of you experts out there, the answer would be “not very”. But for me, this project represents the largest scale project as well as the first that I have had to engineer important aspects entirely on my own. Here’s what I’m doing: I have a nephew who is turning 1 and as a special gift I decided I wanted to make him a “toy” box. I use the...

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Part 2: Secret Compartment Toy Box Continued...

08-22-2009 07:13 PM by John M | 1 comment »

First, thanks for all the great comments so far! I’ve only been here for a few hours and I already feel like I found the best place to explore woodworking. : ) So in my planning I figured that I would build a toy box and hide the secret compartment into the frame/trim area in the bottom. I would attach a drawer to one of the sides of the trim which would act as the drawer front. The biggest issue I had with my planning was how to lock the thing. I thought of a few different de...

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Part 3: More Progress

08-28-2009 06:54 AM by John M | 9 comments »

Time to make the lid. Easy enough, I made it overlap about a half inch on each side (mostly dictated based on the size of the project panels that I used) and 1.5” on the front for the lifting of the lid. I should comment here on the project panels issue. I bought the standard project pine panels for this project at Home Depot and I felt a bit guilty about it. I told my fiancee when I bought them that I felt like I was “cheating” and that buying the pre assembled pane...

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