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Project by pete79 posted 11-11-2009 04:35 AM 2206 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My First Lumberjock’s Project Posting! Thanks to everyone that provided input on tips and techniques – this wouldn’t look even close to how it does without you guys.

This is a toybox that I started building for my kids about two months ago. It’s technically the 3rd piece of furniture that I’ve ever completed, but first of any real significance and what I would consider to be pretty good quality. The box took two months since I hold a “day job” and only got to work on this an hour or two each night after the kids go to bed.

The box is made of solid birch and birch ply. Legs and rails are all 4/4 stock, and the ply is 1/2” ply. I routed 1/2” deep channels in the legs and rails to receive the panels, and then just used glue to hold them in – they’re recessed looking from the outside, and flush on the inside.

I sanded everything to 180, used one coat of Bullseye Sealcoat, the General Finishes “Candelight” Gel Stain, followed by three coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Semi-Gloss.

I’m hoping the kids don’t destroy it, and can keep it around for a long time, eventually using it as a blanket chest or something. I figure it’s just wood, so if they do something to it, I can probably fix it.

-- Life is a one lap race.

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#1 posted 11-11-2009 04:45 AM

Nice box. Getting ready to start a series of projects and was thinking of using Birch. Your photo convinced me it’s the way I’m going to go. :-)

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#2 posted 11-11-2009 05:11 AM

Nice work….my first “real piece” was a toy box as well. Actually, it is fairly similar to yours. I guess great minds think alike. Anyways, the finished product looks very well built, and if is anything like my daughter’s, it should be overflowing with toys any moment.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#3 posted 11-11-2009 07:01 AM

Nice Box!

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#4 posted 11-11-2009 08:12 AM

Very nice toy box really like the wood selection

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#5 posted 11-11-2009 11:11 AM

Looks great, great color and flow.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 11-11-2009 01:55 PM

Very nice toolbox. Great work!
The outside and inside panel seem to be of the same finish/furniture grade ply. It’s hard to find plywood with fair finish on both sides, in my place. Or maybe you put extra effort to make it equal?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 11-11-2009 04:16 PM

I love it. Very nice contrasting colors. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#8 posted 11-11-2009 04:30 PM

Nice one. It looks very familiar:
- yours truly.

-- Andy Brownell

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#9 posted 11-11-2009 05:05 PM

Great looking toy box! Good job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#10 posted 11-11-2009 05:45 PM

Pete, that is an excellent looking box. Chances are it will be around for a long time. Did you sign and date it? Someday when your kids are showing it to their kids it would be fun to be able to say “see this mark right here, Grandpa Pete made this waaaaay back in 2009”

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#11 posted 11-11-2009 05:56 PM

Hey thanks everyone. MOJOE and Andy – I actually came across yours when looking for ideas, so thanks for the inspiration. I got the color scheme idea from this PWW design:

woodworm – The ply was like that when I started, didn’t have to do much other than a light sanding, sealing, and some Arm-R-Seal.

I did sign and date the box on the inside of the panel for the lid. Looking back, I wish I had done something a little cooler like the set in penny with a signature or something, but in the excitement of finishing the thing, I completely forgot all about that idea.

-- Life is a one lap race.

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#12 posted 11-12-2009 06:28 PM

Great toy box. Maybe a spring hinge could save a few fingers though. Just a thought.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#13 posted 11-14-2009 04:28 PM

Would you share the dimensions, please?

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#14 posted 11-14-2009 08:01 PM

Hi Sandy. The dimensions are 34.5”w x 18”d x 21”h

Those are for the box itself, the lid is slightly wider and deeper so there’s about a half inch overhang all around. The bottom inside the box is about 4” or so from the floor.

Rex – check out the torsion stay lid hinges from Rockler. That’s what I used on this thing and they’re VERY strong. My son can’t even open/close the thing so I figure his fingers should be safe for a while (I hope).

Thanks for looking!

-- Life is a one lap race.

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#15 posted 11-17-2009 09:41 PM

Thanks for the outside dimensions. May I ask the widths of the rails and stiles, and the height (above the floor) of the bottom rail?

Also, did you rabbet the panels in from the inside, or are they in dados?

I need to build a toy box for my 7 month old grandson (the first), and I like the look of yours.

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