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Caiden's Toy Box

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Project by MT_Stringer posted 10-29-2014 07:35 PM 1392 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My grand daughter asked for a toy box for her son for Christmas. I couldn’t say no. He is 11 months old and should be able to crawl into the box soon. :-)

The hinges will keep the lid open and not let it fall on him.

Our first great grand child. Whew! I am getting too old.

A word about the construction techniques. With time getting short, I chose to buy the pine laminated panels at the big box store instead of gluing up the panels. This was a nice time saver. Probably a “thumbs down” from the traditional woodworker, bet hey, I had to get-r-done.

I used Minwax Chestnut stain and General Finished Van Dyke brown glaze. The clear finish is Parks Pro Finishes Clear Satin. It looks like this is going to be my new “Deft Clear Satin Finish” The Deft is getting harder to find.

I think I am going to try my hand at routing his name onto a piece of wood and attach it to the box. :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas





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Chris

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#1 posted 10-29-2014 07:40 PM

Very nice piece. He’ll be inside that toy box before you know it.

I remember my grandfather making one for a cousin once. It had and escape panel on the end. Just kick it and it would open.

-- Liberalism... Ideas so good, they have to be mandatory.

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#2 posted 10-30-2014 07:56 AM

Very Nice Toy Box…... I suggest you add some Lid support hinges so some little fingers do not get slammed on.
I know they carry them at your favorite hardware store… Hate to see the little guy have some bad memories of the toy box…. What kind of hinges did you use….. Are they spring loaded?

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#3 posted 10-30-2014 11:41 AM

Nice build Mike.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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MT_Stringer

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#4 posted 10-30-2014 01:04 PM



Very Nice Toy Box…... I suggest you add some Lid support hinges so some little fingers do not get slammed on.
I know they carry them at your favorite hardware store… Hate to see the little guy have some bad memories of the toy box…. What kind of hinges did you use….. Are they spring loaded?

- Gshepherd

Thanks. I have used them in the past and they work well. But for me, they are a pain to install. This time I went with the a Rockler torsion hinge. There won’t be any smashed fingers with these. And they are easy to install.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#5 posted 10-30-2014 01:25 PM

I will have to order some of those, I am currently building several cedar chest and was going to use the ones I listed but I do like yours much better….

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#6 posted 11-01-2014 03:12 AM

What are the measurements of your toy box? Good looking build.

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MT_Stringer

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#7 posted 11-22-2014 07:57 PM

Signed, sealed and delivered!

Thursday, we made a short 400 mile trip from Houston to Bristow, OK. for an early Thanksgiving with our kids and grand kids…and great grand son.

The project is complete. Caiden loves the box. I bet it won’t be long before he tumbles head first into it. :-)

Note: The torsion hinges are nice. No chance of the lid falling onto his head. You have to lift the lid and close it.

I made the name from maple sprayed with polyurethane finish.

This was a very rewarding project. His mom asked for one for Christmas. This was a great time to deliver it in person.

Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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