Star Wars Themed Toy Chest

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Project by Denco posted 01-04-2015 07:49 PM 1048 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son and daughter-in-law needed a toy chest for their son’s room. The theme is Star Wars, so they wanted a black painted toy chest. The toy chest has book cubbies on both ends. The lid has Rockler toy box hinges to keep the lid from falling down. I used a piano hinge on the back. I made the chest out of 3/4” MDF. I used glue and Miller Dowels for joinery. It’s about 90-100lbs. The ladder-looking frame on the inside of the lid is for added strength in the center of the lid to guard against bowing as my grandson the ‘stunt man in training’ will most likely stand on it, jump off it, possibly put an engine in at and drive it down the street. I put an air-gap in the front to help guard against little fingers being pinched. Corners are all rounded as, again, my grandson attacks everything ‘face first’. The unit is about 19”H x 46”W x 21”D. Fun project.

-- Cut wood or cut weeds today.....well, 6ft weeds can go another week.

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#1 posted 01-05-2015 03:21 AM

Way to go Grandpa for thinking ahead on the ‘safety features’. Nice job!

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#2 posted 01-05-2015 11:39 AM

That is a great project that you have; it is well thought out and executed.

Having a new g-son to make stuff for, I really like the boy-proofing that you designed into it, especially the pinch proof finger design on the front of the hatch cover.

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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#3 posted 01-05-2015 04:24 PM

Thanks, Guys. Appreciate the encouragement. The first thing my grandson did was to crawl up on top of the chest and sit on it, grinning like he climbed Mount Everest.

-- Cut wood or cut weeds today.....well, 6ft weeds can go another week.

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#4 posted 01-05-2015 07:31 PM

Looks great. Nice design. Giving the lid additional stuntman support is a great idea. I also like the book cubbies on the end.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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