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Toy Chest (For Now)

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Project by ShakerBoxMaker posted 02-22-2009 03:15 AM 1820 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The wife has been on me to build a toy box. Our youngest turned 8 and I thought I could just keep putting it off. Well to clear the clutter and make everyone happy, I came up with this toy chest that should easily convert to a side table. It’s not an heirloom piece, but has more staying power than a toy box.

I made it using some MDF, #2 Pine and 3/8” bead board. It is three simple boxes with a single adjustable shelf in each. For a finish I sprayed two coats of lamp black milk paint and let it dry, then did some light sanding in a few selected areas, then added a mocha gel stain and wiped it off. I then sprayed 2-3 coats of lacquer (Deft).

Knocked it out in two weekends for under $175. If in a few years, the wife tires of it, I have no problem with donating it to the next garage sale.

-- -- Mark in Fort Wayne, IN





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scarpenter002

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#1 posted 02-22-2009 03:26 AM

Very nice. I like the details on the finish. That is incredible for only $175. Seems like a waste to use such a nice piece for a toy chest.

-- Scott in Texas

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Beginningwoodworker

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#2 posted 02-22-2009 04:20 AM

Nice Toy Chest!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Scott Hildenbrand

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#3 posted 02-22-2009 04:41 AM

Wow.. That’s pretty inexpensive for what you end up having. Really nice work. Would make a nice vanity for my bathroom for sure. Actually pretty close to what I want.. Now if I can find the time to do the same and build something like it.. Have a copper (not hammered) sink standing by just waiting for a new vanity. :p

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WoodSpanker

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#4 posted 02-22-2009 06:19 AM

Perhaps built for functionality rather than heirloom… er… ality… yeah thats it… but well constructed, and it does look nice! That should serve for the purpose it was intended.

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#5 posted 02-22-2009 06:29 AM

You know that just about the time your son doesn’t need this for a toy chest, I see a large flat screen TV hooked up to the latest gaming system. You may never get this back!

-- Gary

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Karson

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#6 posted 02-22-2009 06:30 AM

Got a toy box and some practice in distressing finishes. Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#7 posted 02-22-2009 04:52 PM

Beautiful construction!

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

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firecaster

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#8 posted 03-02-2009 12:57 AM

This looks great.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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Mark Shymanski

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#9 posted 03-02-2009 01:01 AM

Good looking project. I agree Gary that the toys may change with your 8 year old and suddenly it will be going to university with him somewhere.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#10 posted 04-01-2009 05:15 PM

Great job! Let us know when it hits the garage sale. I’d buy it.

-- Brent (Table saws worry about kickback from Chuck Norris)

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