Raised Panel Toy Box

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Project by poroskywood posted 08-03-2009 12:56 AM 6777 views 11 times favorited 22 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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#1 posted 08-03-2009 01:04 AM

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.

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#2 posted 08-03-2009 01:08 AM

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.

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#3 posted 08-03-2009 01:46 AM

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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#4 posted 08-03-2009 02:34 AM

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

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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#5 posted 08-03-2009 02:40 AM

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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#6 posted 08-03-2009 02:57 AM

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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#7 posted 08-03-2009 04:03 AM

Beautiful, nice wood choice!

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#8 posted 08-03-2009 07:47 AM

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.


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

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#9 posted 08-03-2009 09:35 AM

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

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#10 posted 08-03-2009 01:45 PM

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 .

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 08-03-2009 03:11 PM

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.

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#12 posted 08-03-2009 05:48 PM

great job, awesome wood choice

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

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#13 posted 08-03-2009 10:30 PM

Nice work.

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

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#14 posted 08-03-2009 10:56 PM

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

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#15 posted 08-04-2009 07:08 PM

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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