|Project by Goodsh||posted 08-30-2014 03:03 AM||1245 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
This is my first large project; a Toybox for my daughter. She is one and a half. Everything else I’ve built has been small stuff like boxes, cutting boards or rough projects not requiring precision or beauty (like my lumber rack or work bench). Made with pine and finished with brushing lacquer. The edges of the top are cut in from the sides to prevent finger crunching and I used lid supports from Lee Valley that work nicely. I preferred having sides when it’s used for sitting rather than having the top rest on the sides of the box. Only problem with this and leaving the “finger safe” space between the top and the sides is that the lid ends up only being supported by the hinge, lid supports and the front of the toy box so although it’s fine for kids an adult couldn’t sit on it without putting some serious stress on the top. Once my daughter is older I’ll add in full side supports so she can use it as a blanket chest and sit on it. Oh, and in case someone mentions it the dowels are intentionally crooked. I didn’t measure any of them to go for a more rustic look. Not sure if it looks rustic or just crooked and done wrong but my daughter won’t care so neither do I.
It was definitely a challenge doing a larger project especially with my cheap table saw. Getting precise square cuts on these big pieces took a bit of doing. For some cuts I actually found it easier to use my circular saw with a guide. Overall I’m pretty happy although I don’t think I’ll work with pine for a while. It’s so soft that the top is much more flexible than I expected and I continually put dents and nicks in it while working. Dropping a screw on a board left a mark! Sheesh. Oh well, my daughter will soon do much more damager than that!!