Granddaughter's Toy Box/Hope Chest

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Project by Carl W Richardson posted 07-20-2014 02:34 PM 1959 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

SWMBO recently told me that the Grandbaby needed a Toy Box or a Hope Chest. I had used up the last of my cedar on the last project so I went to a local Sawyer and acquired some rough-sawn wood for this project.

Chest was made heavy enough so that a very active little girl could get inside and dance with her toys. A spring loaded lid support will prevent her from ever squashing a hand or bumping her head. Interior was left unfinished so that when she turns it from a Toy Box to a Hope Chest, that cedar smell and protection should still be there.

I installed carpet casters under the corners so it can be moved around easily and a few minutes with a screwdriver can remove them and make it a more permanent piece of furniture. When she turns the chest into a Hope Chest, there is a full mortice lock there to protect her “hopes” from the prying eyes of her brothers.

-- Carl W Richardson, Tennessee Woodworker

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#1 posted 07-20-2014 02:40 PM

Absolutely great finish.Cedar look amaizing.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 07-20-2014 02:47 PM

Well get back to work! That is too beautiful for a toy box, that is a Hope Chest! She need a toy box also.

Very nice work.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 07-20-2014 03:26 PM

Nice work Carl, but you better get used to your work going to the grandkids. First thing I made was a chest like yours, then a stool, then some chairs and now a table to go with the chairs. Kinda like it though!

Your granddaughter will always think of you when she sees this piece, a great reward for good work.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#4 posted 07-20-2014 04:19 PM

Absolutely beautiful. Love the cedar. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 07-20-2014 04:38 PM

Really Nice Carl! Maybe a pink motorcycle next? Get them early. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 07-20-2014 07:24 PM

nice job

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#7 posted 07-20-2014 08:10 PM

Very nice, I hope she’s old enough to appreciate it, as theoldfart said it looks more like a hope chest that a child’s toy box. The finish looks fantastic.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#8 posted 07-20-2014 09:11 PM

Another VERY NICE build from “Karl’s Bad Kavern”! A new family heirloom for sure!

(Say “hey” to Angel for us. We sure do miss 10aSEE)

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#9 posted 07-21-2014 10:44 AM

Beautiful work. A keeper that is sure to be cherished.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 07-21-2014 02:16 PM

this is a beautiful trunk very well made, but i have a question as to the slats on the underside, i know they don’t show only when the lid is opened, but i wonder if they were not so thick and would look better as a wider board maybe only 3/4 to an inch thick, if they were this way you could screw on both sides of a wider board, and the look would be a bit better, and not so blocky..they just look to blocky to me…but i know its not my trunk, but just see what others think as well, i also think that both ends should be mitered, it gives it a good flow…it look like you did that…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 07-21-2014 02:19 PM

wow pop, nice job!
what finish did you use?

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#12 posted 07-22-2014 03:39 AM

To SgtRich: Waterlox—my favorite finish!! 3 coats on the chest and 5 on the top. Each coat rubbed out with 0000. I advised new owners to wait a few weeks and rub it out again with 0000 and put a good coat of paste wax on it..

To grizzman: Top is 3/4” thick and reinforcement slats were added for future strength because of dancing children on the top as well as relatives sitting there when in her room..

To JoeinGa: Thanks.. Your sign still lets people know the name of my shop—I also used that name for my website I’m about to start a coffee table/gun safe for a granddaughter and her husband who is a gunsmith and firearms dealer..

To DocSavage45: No need for a pink Harley rocker… There’s a 2 year old great-granddaughter in NC who is riding the latest Harley rocker because her brother has outgrown it..

To Hoss12992: Thanks for the compliment.. Still plan to come see your shop and Lake Roush..

To PaulDoug: No room in her bedroom for another chest.. Advantage of waterlox finish is that in 12-14 years when she wants to pull out the toys and make it a hope chest, a light sanding and another coat of waterlox and it will look just like it does now..

-- Carl W Richardson, Tennessee Woodworker

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