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Toybox for my granddaughter

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Project by CB_Cohick posted 12-28-2015 12:48 PM 633 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a toybox built from some blanket chest plans I found at Woodcraft. I started this about a week before Thanksgiving, intending to give it to my granddaughter as a birthday gift three weeks later. That deadline passed, then it became a Christmas gift. That deadline passed and now it is just a gift.

It was intended to be painted from the design phase, so I just used dimensional fir, cedar, and birch plywood from the box store as my material. I used chalkboard paint on the exterior surface of the panels. My son in-law questioned the wisdom of encouraging my granddaughter to draw on furniture, but he wasn’t the one building it, lol. The rest of the painting used milk paint. I had not used either type of paint before. I found the chalkboard paint went on best with a mini-roller with quarter inch nap. The milk paint was a delight, and covered well with regular and foam brushes.

The construction is entirely glue and biscuits. I had not used biscuits before. I picked up the inexpensive biscuit joiner from Harbor Freight to use. It seems to work well other than the dust collector which seems to clog easily. Gluing up the frame was the most difficult process on this project. I may enlist a shop elf next time.

Drawer construction took the most time. I used hand cut through dovetails which I had been practicing some. They came out alright. I still need to keep practicing. I mounted the drawers using slides not called for in my plans. I will modify the drawer design some next time to make that easier. My drawers were a little too snug in height, and had to be planed some to fit.

This was a fun project, and I have learned quite a bit. My son wants one now to use as a blanket chest. Rather than going with purple and pink paint, I think this next one will be lacquered hardwood of some sort.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.





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WoodNSawdust

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#1 posted 12-28-2015 01:13 PM

Great toybox! It looks like she is already enjoying it. I hope you used slow closing hinges to protect her fingers.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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doubleDD

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#2 posted 12-28-2015 01:48 PM

Nice toy box. I think the chalkboard panels are a great idea.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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CB_Cohick

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#3 posted 12-28-2015 01:55 PM



Great toybox! It looks like she is already enjoying it. I hope you used slow closing hinges to protect her fingers.

- WoodNSawdust

I used a pair of the 125 IP lid supports from Woodcraft. The lid stays where it is put. However, because of the geometry of the frame under the lid, it only opens about 3/4 of the way. The plans called for using one of those gas springs, like you might see on an SUV tailgate. I think I will use one of those on the next iteration.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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david38

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#4 posted 12-28-2015 02:15 PM

nice box

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