Toy Box

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Project by Gene posted 11-25-2008 02:57 AM 2390 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This toy box is made from maple using simple rabit jointery. I made the bottom of the box 1 1/4” wider all around and added a chamfer. The hinges are mortised flush and there is a friction lid support to protect little fingers from a heavy lid. The lid is opened via a 1/4” chamfer on the underside of the lid, just enough space to get your fingers in and lift. I also installed black 11/16” quater round on the inside bottom of the box. This prevents cards and smaller toys from getting stuck in the corners while kids are trying to pick them up. I cut decorative lines in the top of the lid and painted them black to match the quater round. Then to finish it off I put the first letter of the kids name on the top of the box. All together it measures 24”x 18” x 18”. Any comments questions or advise would be appreciated thanks for reading.

-- --Gene Plumley--

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#1 posted 11-25-2008 03:00 AM

Nice box. I think im going to make my first box soon.

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#2 posted 11-25-2008 03:49 AM


Beautiful looking box. I really like the way you made the top!!


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#3 posted 11-25-2008 03:55 AM

I used two of the friction hinges on a toy chest for my daughter. I’ve had to keep a monitoring the friction adjustment. I’m not sure if it’s backing off or simply wearing in.

I like the overall balance for size and accents on yours, and especially your use of 1/4 round as a solution for a function issue for the little hands…

Thanks for sharing


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#4 posted 11-25-2008 04:36 PM

Very nice box!

I would consider using a safety hinge if you are concerned about little fingers. The friction type you used will always loosen over time.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 12-03-2009 08:52 AM

Beautiful box!

I do agree with Charlie though, I had friction hinges on my daughter’s toy box until it hit her on the head. I switched them to toy box lid supports the same day.

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