Curly cherry, raised panel, NO ply toybox

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Project by LyallAndSons posted 73 days ago 643 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a toy chest I just did for a customer who is also a friend. That being the case, I priced it at about 1/3 what I normally would. It’s solid curly cherry, raised panels on all 4 sides, mortise and tenon constructed rail and stiles. The nameplate on the lid is made to be removed if it’s ever handed down to another child in the family.

We call it the Taj Ma-toybox because its 5 feet long, 30 inches deep, and 30 inches wide! This beast must weigh 90 pounds or more! I used 8 lid stays across the back to keep the lid from slamming! My only fear is the lid or bottom splitting over time. I’ve made table tops this size or larger and they have been fine but they done move like a chest lid will.

The pics show it with a couple coats of BLO but I poped the grain with about 8 coats, then 4 coats of amber shellac over those. I’m going out to put a coat of good ‘ol yellow can Johnson’s on it next week and I’ll snap a few pics to update when I get back to the shop.

-- Lyall & Sons Woodsmiths...Custom handcrafted woodwork since 1989

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#1 posted 73 days ago

Really nice work. Family heirloom for sure.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 72 days ago

B – U – T – full. Excellent craftsmanship. Great work on popping the grain, cherry is beautiful.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 72 days ago

Wonder job.
The chest should be an heirloom for many generations.

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#4 posted 72 days ago

There’s a lot to be said for solid wood construction…..and you just said it with that gorgeous heirloom toybox.

Nicely done.


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