Toy box

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Project by studie posted 11-24-2009 12:51 PM 3222 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had some V G Fir plywood left from a job & my neighbors baby girls 1st birthday was coming up so made this box. Mitered the sides & top with biscuits, bottom is rabbeted. Assembled & glued without the bottom as a unit & have to say it was hard to get all those biscuits & miters to fit up as 1 unit! I have seen this somewhere before that if you make the box as one then cut the lid off then the fit is perfect. It worked for me without worry about any alignment of the lid VS box issues. However the mitered edges & top did not come to a perfect point. But wait, the ply could not have radiuses anyway for safety sake. The thin veneer is only 1/32” and you can’t have sharp things with a child around. So I used a 45 degree router bit on the edges & top then made Brazilian cherry strips to fasten all around, also for the base. Next a 3/8” radius edge. The ply is VG on both sides so makes for a nice feature inside & out. A trick I have to share is using a #23 gauge pin nailer on this edge, hold the gun away about 1/4” then shoot to have the pin stay out from the wood enough to pull out with pliers after the glue is dry. If they don’t come out clean then just file then sand, they are so small you can hardly see them.

-- $tudie

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#1 posted 11-24-2009 01:20 PM

Nice workmanship, should hold lots of toys

-- Guy,PEI

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#2 posted 11-24-2009 01:30 PM

Great Clean Job!

-- Ted, TX or PA

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#3 posted 11-24-2009 02:31 PM

Good box!

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#4 posted 11-24-2009 03:36 PM

Nice clean looking toy box.
Question: How did you cut to top off?

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#5 posted 11-24-2009 03:57 PM

Very elegant looking result.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 11-24-2009 06:07 PM

Sure looks good in the back of your truck in front of your other job box. Only kidding. Where were you Saturday?

I’m sure glad your shop looks kinda like my shop with most flat surfaces covered with tools and material. We call that “horizontally challenged.” Keeping a horizontal surface clean is definitely a challenge to me.

-- JoeR Nothing that I could make will ever be perfect but I'll use it anyway.

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#7 posted 11-24-2009 06:15 PM

Great toy box

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 11-24-2009 09:08 PM

I’m sure she’ll love it for many years and give it to her children in turn

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#9 posted 11-24-2009 10:45 PM

What a great neighbor you are! Super looking toy box. Very clean lines, highly functional. Beautiful job on that!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#10 posted 11-24-2009 11:33 PM

Lookin’ good Scott! That could be her hope chest when she’s a bit older!!

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

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#11 posted 11-25-2009 01:52 AM

Man I really like the way you did the bottom of the box. It certainly adds simple elegance to an otherwise humble shape. What an heirloom quality toy box, from the interior hinges to the hardwood trim. I am sure it wont end up on the curb like so many of those horrible plastic monstrosities do! I am certain your neighbors appreciate your obvious effort. Its gifts like those that are long remembered. You should sign and date the bottom of it so years from now it wont be a mystery who made it!

-- "The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should be a Store, Not a Govt. Agency"

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#12 posted 11-25-2009 05:23 AM

Thanks all! I should have a wood burning stamp made like everyone should. I cut the top off with my Festool tracksaw. That thing makes life too easy with the splinter guards on both sides of the blade, almost perfect cut. Funny when I brought it there his father had made a huge box about 6×4x4, very nice but painted. They were thrilled with both. Little Liv Lavender was only concerned with the cake. He always gives me salmon from Alaska and I fix anything that breaks on his house while he is fishing. His wife is about the sweetest gal in the world. Friends make the world GRAND.

-- $tudie

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#13 posted 11-25-2009 06:11 AM

Great Lookin Toy Box

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#14 posted 11-25-2009 10:37 PM

Great toy box. She seems to be partying it up. Must be excited about the gift.

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

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