Gift Toy Box

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Project by Sawdustonmyshoulder posted 11-19-2009 12:57 PM 2018 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a gift for some friends of ours little girl’s first birthday.

Made from completely from spruce. It features raised panels on all sides and the frame is made with tongue and groove construction. The corners are formed using tongue and grooves also. The lid is attached used a piano hinge and lightweight lid support. The bottom is covered with a bright cloth with a hot air balloon allover pattern. I applied this fabric with Titebond II glue cut with a little water. I used “spaceballs” in the construction of the panels so the panels would be tight.

The outside measures 34 inches wide, 16 inches deep and 20 inches high.

The finish is 2 coats of water-based Kilz brushed on and lightly sanded between coats. The final finish is two coats of Krylon H20 Satin White spray paint. This is the first time I used this paint. I like it because it is water-based and non-toxic which makes it ideal for childrens furniture plus it dries super fast and you can re-coat in about an hour. It is a bit expensive. Paid 5.99 per can at Hobby Lobby but that is the only place that carried it in town. This project took 2 cans to complete.

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!

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#1 posted 09-13-2009 11:18 PM

This is a very nice toy box. well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 09-13-2009 11:35 PM

I have a question about painting this kind of frame and panel construction.
If it is painted after assembly, the panels will float in the grooves producing cracks in the paint, and will expose unpainted wood if the panels shrink.

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#3 posted 09-13-2009 11:46 PM

Abrakadabra, good point. Thanks.

I did paint the panels before I assembling the toy box. The photo of the unpainted box is my dry fit.

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!

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#4 posted 09-14-2009 12:31 AM

I’ve wondered the same thing about frame & panel doors in kitchens, since they’re often painted after the fact. I guess the paint would seal it and prevent expansion/contraction?

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#5 posted 09-14-2009 02:13 AM

Very nice toy box.

I am sure they will love it!

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

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#6 posted 09-14-2009 02:15 AM

Jimi_C, don’t think the paint will stop the wood from expanding and contracting. It will not move as fast but it will move. A 32nd of an inch and you got a paint line showing.

Looked at your blogs. Glad you are on the woodworking super highway! Lots of great stuff out here!

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!

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#7 posted 09-14-2009 02:26 AM

Very good craftsmanship, well done.

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#8 posted 09-14-2009 02:34 AM

Very nicely done….

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#9 posted 09-14-2009 04:16 AM

I’ve added this one to my favorites. Nice!

-- Jim,

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#10 posted 09-14-2009 04:53 AM

Nice toy box!

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