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Project by andy_P posted 08-15-2009 10:30 PM 1823 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first of two chest that I have to make. I have twin grandsons and in the interest of peace, I will make them each one.

Except for the back and bottom, I used Volador lumber from South America for this project. It should stand up to the abuse I am sure it will get from two five year olds. The lumber works really nice but it is very heavy. I used Lid-Stay Tortion Hinges from Rockler to eliminate the chance of one of them catching their finger in any support hardware. I mentioned the wood was heavy. It took two 60lb and one 40lb rated hinge to keep the top open.

The dimensions (36W x 24H x 22D) were set by a specific location where the box will be located. It is stained with MinWax Aged Oak Gel Stain and finished by about five coats of Wipe On Poly.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.





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#1 posted 08-15-2009 10:35 PM

Nice looking chests, I am sure your grandkids will love them.

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#2 posted 08-15-2009 11:56 PM

Looks super a great first chest .

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#3 posted 08-16-2009 12:36 AM

Looks good from here, Welcome to LJ!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 08-16-2009 02:35 AM

Nice looking toy chest.

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#5 posted 08-16-2009 03:50 AM

Great lookin toy chest. it looks like a big one, but they will fill them up .Very good build

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

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#6 posted 02-24-2010 03:27 PM

Hi, Andy… I know this post is a bit dated now, but something caught my eye. It looks (from the first photo) like you used pocket screws for the edge gluing. Is this correct? I was considering doing the same for an upcoming project. Any comments on this technique now that you’ve finished the project? Any other LJs out there have experience with this?

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#7 posted 02-24-2010 11:06 PM

Hey, Nerd….LOL

The toy chests have been in use now by my twin five year old grandsons and they are still holding up. As you noted the entire project was made using pocket holes to both edge join the panels and pocket holes were used to attach the panels making up the sides, front and back. I glued and screwed the edges of one of the boxes and just used the screws for the other ans a test to see how they hold up. Both boxes are alive and well and I know the boys use them to stand on.

As an added note, Rockler has come out with a “Pocket Hole Specific Clamp” You might want to look into it.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#8 posted 02-25-2010 03:14 AM

Thanks!

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#9 posted 02-25-2010 06:09 AM

Great Lookin Chest

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#10 posted 02-25-2010 08:02 PM

Thanks, Jim.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#11 posted 10-24-2010 01:32 AM

Very nice chest andy. I’m gonna be makin a toy box for a granddaughter. This is a nice looking toybox. Thanks for inspiring.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#12 posted 10-24-2010 07:24 PM

Good luck. Since I have grandsons….twin grandsons…..I used a very heavy hardwood (Volador) to make mine. The Krieg jonts are holding up very well and I used “tension” hinges….like the ones that you see on laptops. This way there is no chance of the lid falling on their fingers. Might want to consider that A little pricey but worth it I think. I got mine at Rockler.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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