Hide and Seek Chest!

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Project by JoshLawson posted 12-31-2014 02:57 AM 1296 views 3 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I found that while this end table/ blanket chest does serve well in both those purposes, the biggest benefit is the addition of an awesome hide and seek hiding place. I can barely convince my son to leave it…

It’s a pretty standard chest, frame and panel construction sides, 3/4” plywood with 1” rails and stiles. The legs are tapered to match the legs to the entertainment center I made for the room previously. Also to keep the wide top from cupping, I added heavy duty stabilizers with slots to allow for expansion/contraction across the grain. Due to the size of the lid—the Rockler friction stay hinges don’t strictly work for my application, to truly do their work, I would need 10 of them, which seems a bit ridiculous. So I utilized two of the 60 in-lbf for now, and will add a single direction flow limited pneumatic cylinder when I get a chance. That’ll completely eliminate the finger guillotine aspect out of the design. Since the Rockler hinges were only intended for 3/4” stock, I had to route out some material to make it all work on my design.

Thanks for looking.

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-- Josh Lawson - Ankeny, Iowa

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#1 posted 01-01-2015 02:28 PM

Maple sure is purdy. Nice build.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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