Toy Chest

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Project by LesB posted 01-09-2009 02:14 AM 2151 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is a Myrtlewood toy chest I made for a granddaughter. Her sister got one just like it in Mahogany. I have made 5 so far and it looks like I will need two more before I’m done. I try to use a different wood for each chest but two of the boys have gotten good old durable oak chests designed more like army foot lockers, leather handles and all.

As a commented on another LJ contributor I am always concerned about the lid coming down on little fingers so I tend to overdo the lid supports. You can see this one has two when one was probably sufficient.
This chest was finished with 4 costs of water base varathane rubbed out with carnauba wax and steel wool. With Myrtlewood I have found that you have to do a good job of sealing it or the wood darkens quickly. Oil finish makes the darkening even worse.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#1 posted 01-09-2009 02:27 AM

Wow I really like this, great looking grain in that wood.

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#2 posted 01-09-2009 02:35 AM

Nice toy chest.

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#3 posted 01-09-2009 02:43 AM

Beautiful job Les. I love the choice of wood. Nice craftsmanship…how about a few more pics.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#4 posted 01-09-2009 03:08 AM

No more pictures available. I’m in Oregon and the chest is with granddaughter in Idaho.

-- Les B, Oregon

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Bob A in NJ

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#5 posted 01-09-2009 04:11 AM

I love it, nice wood and design.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#6 posted 01-09-2009 04:16 AM

Great Job Lookin Good

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#7 posted 01-09-2009 05:07 AM

Beautiful chest. I like the sliding till idea.

-- If worse comes to worse, we're all f'ed

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#8 posted 01-10-2009 03:37 AM

nice work … beautiful grain

welcome to lj’s

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#9 posted 01-12-2009 07:20 AM

Another great project, well done. Definitely some ideas for a long overdue toybox in my house.

-- Just 'cause a cat has kittens in the oven, it don't make 'em biscuits.

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#10 posted 04-17-2009 09:13 PM

Nice looking toy chest. I really like the extra addition of the small box in the top. Good place for the small stuff that always ends up at the bottom.


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