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Pine Blanket or Toy Chest

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Project by HappyHowie posted 04-05-2015 03:15 PM 1388 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This blanket chest will be used by my granddaughters to store their toys so this is a pine toy chest. It was made from southern yellow pine. Its design progressed as time past. That occurred first and once I discovered or realized the plan I was going to follow was going to be very small; from this point it became “a design as you go” project. Since children are going to be using this I added torsion hinges so little fingers do not get hurt and I added a lid stop with sliding dovetail cleats to the lid in case a young grandson is tempted to open the lid and stand on top of it. Now with the lid stop that will be impossible; it can’t lay back in the open position, but the with the cleats the lid should stay flat and strong.

-- --- Happy Howie





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jburklow

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#1 posted 04-05-2015 03:22 PM

they look great I am sure the kids will get many years of use from them! I also wanted to comment that you have an impressive looking shop! Thanks for sharing!

-- Jeff Lemont, IL. https://jeffscustomfurniture.com

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#2 posted 04-05-2015 03:39 PM

nice little project – i wouldn’t have thought of dovetailing the feet too
have to admit drooling over the shop pic as well!

-- Greg Simon

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#3 posted 04-05-2015 04:16 PM

Great job, shop looks great also.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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HappyHowie

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#4 posted 04-07-2015 01:35 AM

I appreciate all of your kind comments. Thank you.

Your equally kind comments on my shop made me realize that I haven’t posted any pictures of my 3-car garage woodshop. I will get some pictures out here so a full view can be seen. I will get that done soon.

My shop has been a work in progress really, but a few basics had to be laid down first. For example: where was the best location for lumber storage and where should I store my sheet goods, plywood? Some areas was obvious such as the space between my two car and single car parking areas would have to store my large jointer and planer. The planer would many stay parked where stored, but I could move the jointer to a place where I park my truck. Everything in my garage would have to be mobile. However, some storage racks would not have to move so I would dedicate those spots for storage bins. Many of the lawn and garden equipment I had in this garage had to find another place so I had a shed built near my fence property line, near my gate for my RV parking. Clearing these things out created space for my woodworking power equipment.

I know I always like to see what others have done in their shops. There are many shops that are so well done and neat and clean, and boy they are amazing. Some are so well organized, but that is just not me.

Well, I do feel fortunate that I have a nice range of equipment that makes me happy.

I recall holding a flashlight when I was a young boy. My father needed the light when he worked on his old Dodge pickup truck. This was probably in the late 50s. It wasn’t until years later that I finally realized that he wasn’t yelling at me to shine the light better. He was upset because he didn’t have the right tool to get the job done right. This experience has made me determined to get the right tools before I start any project.

When I was searching for a hobby, something worthwhile to do in my retirement years, I bought an inexpensive Porter Cable table saw, but it cost good money. I figured if this hobby did not turn out well for me; meaning I discovered I did not have the skills or the health to continue, I could sell the table saw to someone else for a discount price.

Well, what I learned was this: that skills in woodworking is a process building upon experience and challenges. It was fun. It was rewarding, in and of itself. Also as long as I could get myself in the shop then my mind could focus on other things rather than my health issues and problems. It was therapeutic.

Also as always, my spouse was supportive, encouraging me to have fun and also to invest in it. Having a supportive wife is everything, isn’t it?

-- --- Happy Howie

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#5 posted 04-12-2015 12:13 AM

REALY NICE I AM TRYING TO USE THE DOVETAILS ON MY BOXS, I USE T&G YELLOW PINE. THANKS FOR SHOWING THE PIC, NOW I KNOW WITH A LITTLE HARD WORK I MIGHT BE ABLE TO DO IT

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