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Project by poroskywood posted 1720 days ago 4231 views 11 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey LJ’s! Been working in the shop, this time for my boys. They needed a Toy Box. I had it in my head that I was going to use my Freud raised panel bit set and did just that. This was also an opportunity to buy a sweet set of 48” parallel clamps (YES)!
The Box is 42” x 24” x 20” deep. Made from Black Walnut and Ambrosia Maple (wormy) for the panels. I lucked out and found a beautiful piece of Curly Walnut for the lid. I had been saving this piece but never dreamed it was so Curly! I used Lid-stay hinges from Rockler. The lid stays up nicely, used three could have put four on. I used some 1/2” T&G Walnut for the floor and inset it with my Dado. I added a piece of trim to the bottom so it did not look so “panelly” thought of adding a piece to the top under edge of lid. What do you think?
Once I assembled the Box (Titebond / Kreg Pocket hole jig) I thought it was way to big so I improvised a bit and added a dividing piece of wood 5” from the backside for books or whatever and made a removable, sliding tray set on 1/2” rails for small things so they don’t get buried in the bottom.
My two boys Nick and Clark fit nicely in it, as do their toys.
I’m glad I made it that big after all!
All in all it was some more good experience filled with trial and error, trouble shooting, If I had to do it again I would make some different choices but I’m pretty satisfied and know it will last my boys and serve it’s purpose.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott





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degoose

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#1 posted 1720 days ago

Scott,
A wonderful project, I love the wood selection and the boys seem to like it to play in as well.
I have not seen the Ambrosia Maple but it works here. You have some really nicely figured timber to choose from.
Larry

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 1720 days ago

Wow Scott
That’s a knock out.Beautiful build outstanding wood(I wonder were you got that) and very handy place to store Kids :-)) Very amazing.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Innovator

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#3 posted 1720 days ago

Beautiful piece, BTW for the title did you mean play pen instead of toy box :)

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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Ben Kahmann

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#4 posted 1720 days ago

Great looking chest and it doubles as a babysitter too :-)

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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griff

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#5 posted 1720 days ago

Very nice chest. The boys will truly enjoy this box for many years. Very good build .

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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tinnman65

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#6 posted 1720 days ago

Great job Scott, that top is very cool and what a fantastic contrast in the wood choice. It looks to good for a toy box but I guess when it comes to your kids nothings to good.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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zlatanv

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#7 posted 1720 days ago

Beautiful, nice wood choice!

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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scrappy

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#8 posted 1720 days ago

Beautifull box! The top is outstanding but the front and side pannels are just as nice. Fantastic choice of woods. Very good design and build. I am shure your boys will be useing this for many years to come.

Keep up the fantastic work.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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gregb

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#9 posted 1720 days ago

When this box caught my eye, my first thought was WOW that’s beautiful! Wonderful job.

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Dusty56

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#10 posted 1720 days ago

Beautiful as well as functional , Scott ! Such a great combination of woods and figures. My first thoughts were that you had stained some curly Maple as I had never seen that much curl in Walnut before. Great design : )
This will be a wonderful family heirloom .

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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Andy

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#11 posted 1719 days ago

Excellent! Your choice of woods is a perfect combination.I agree with the other comments,that curl in the walnut is not very common…its fantastic.

-- If I can do it, so can you. www.artboxesbyandy.com

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mcoyfrog

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#12 posted 1719 days ago

great job, awesome wood choice

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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BTKS

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#13 posted 1719 days ago

Nice work.
BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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mtkate

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#14 posted 1719 days ago

So pleased to see Ernie and Bert. Wow on the ambrosia maple.

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McLeanVA

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#15 posted 1718 days ago

Gorgeous work as usual Scott. Do I detect a little Watco and poly action? The wood combos are incredible. I sent you an e-mail about some lumber. Hoping I can order some from you soon. Your curly maple eBay store is unreal and the prices are awesome. Great looking kids and very lucky to have a talented father like you.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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