Toy chest

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Project by flatrock posted 11-28-2014 05:06 PM 810 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first toy box for my first grandson. Made from red oak. The lumber came from an old barn dating back to the early 1900’s. I believe the boards were milled on the farm. Good history. They were incredibly hard so this box should last. You will see some markings on the wood that are nail holes. Tried to work around them but it is what it is. I really enjoyed the project especially when it is going to someone special.
The finish is min wax golden oak. Not my first choice but it’s what matches the other furnishing, kinda.
The book holder on the end idea I borrowed from other toy chest makers on the web. You can guess who. I just fancied it up a little.
Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 11-28-2014 07:14 PM

grandson is probably too young to appreciate the history but he’ll surely appreciate the box. Parents will for sure
btw – nice use of could be scrap wood

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#2 posted 11-28-2014 07:45 PM

Hope you remembered a set of soft-downs for the lid. Little fingers can sure get hurt if the lid slams down on them. It’s only another $25-30 and worth the price to protect little ones. You need to weigh the top and get the one that will carry the weight..

BTW, very nice chest. I’ve got to make one soon for my great grandson, he’s about 18 mos. and will be needing a place to store his toys. What are the dimentions of your box. Looks about right for the one I will build.


-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#3 posted 11-28-2014 08:01 PM

Yes sir George. I bought two soft close hinges from Rockler. They worked ok until the lid was about a foot from closing. Then it would come down a little faster than I wanted. So I went to Lowes and picked up a center mount soft close hinge and now it passes my inspection. I sure don’t want any smashed fingers.
The box measures 16”x16”x32”. Glad I didn’t make it any bigger. I just can move it as it is.

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#4 posted 12-01-2014 06:15 PM

Hi Flatrock,

I like the chest a lot. I like the book rack on the side. It”s a nice feature I never thought about. I wouldn’t worry about those nail holes. After the normal scratches and dings you can expect expect from a little boy I’m sure it will just add to the character.

-- Linda - It's only a mistake if you do it twice!

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#5 posted 12-01-2014 06:35 PM

You did a fine job on this piece and I’m sure that he will love it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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