|Project by BinghamtonEd||posted 06-22-2015 12:37 PM||1085 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
This toy box was made as a gift for my mother-in-law. It took a lot longer than it should have, it got sidelined for 5 or 6 other projects along the way, but I finally wrapped it up, and she was very happy with it.
The box is made of QSWO, with bookmatched panels on all four sides. The dividers between the panels have a stub tenon to fit in the groove. The ends fit into the legs with a haunched tenon on the top and bottom rails, and a tongue & groove along the vertical piece. The bottom of the box is a solid panel that floats in grooves along the front & back, along with a small cleat underneath on each side with a single screw. The hinges are the torsion hinges from Rockler, I really like them as the lid will stay in whatever position you put it above 30 or so degrees, and below that will close softly (I epoxied in small rubber bumpers near the front, as well). I am 235lbs and I tested this by using it as a bench, I figured since I am the biggest person in the family, it should stand up to the abuse.
I made several test pieces with various finishes, dyed, gel stained, both, topcoat only. My wife made the executive decision and picked the Arm-R-Seal only finish, I wiped on 4 coats, and buffed it out with paste wax and steel wool at the end. I am pleased with it, it shows the wood off well, and the rays still show, and change depending on which direction you view it from.
I also put my personalized brand on the underside of the lid. I figured if this box outlasts me, it should have my name on it.
-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.