Toy Chest/Blanket Chest

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Project by Darryl Jones posted 12-24-2009 02:27 PM 3376 views 13 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is definitely my favorite project of all time. A very close friend of mine asked me to create a toy box for her first grandson. I was given no direction what so ever, she just said to make it as if it were my own and to enjoy it. This is my own plan, which I never wrote down this piece sort of just became what it is. the box is made of walnut and spalted birch. if you look at the pictures you will notice that I incorporated the sapwood into the design of the piece, the sapwood frames the corners as well as borders the breadboard ends. It almost appears that the sapwood is pouring down the corners from the top. I also incorporated a sliding tray into the top of the chest so that the little guy could reach his favorite toys. I hope you all enjoy viewing this one as much as I enjoyed creating it. Thanks for looking.

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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#1 posted 12-24-2009 03:31 PM

Great design and very nicely done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 12-24-2009 04:01 PM

Awsome job, looks real good.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#3 posted 12-24-2009 05:46 PM

Very nice chest. I like the sliding tray at the top I think it adds a lot. I saw another chest hear at Lj’s that lined the interior with cedar and framed the top off with walnut. The piece that your sliding tray is resting on would serve the same purpose of hiding the end grain of the cedar. I just thought I would toss that out as a possibility for the next go at a chest. Well done chest keep up the good work.

-- Best Regards With Personalized Rocking Chairs And Furniture On My Mind,

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#4 posted 12-24-2009 05:52 PM

Nice looking chest.

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#5 posted 12-24-2009 06:12 PM

Marvelous! I love the look of walnut.
I plan on building another toy chest for my youngest son. I am planning a similar look with walnut rails and stiles with birch panels.
Thanks for the extra motivation.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#6 posted 12-24-2009 06:16 PM

Great job a very nice chest.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 12-25-2009 07:23 PM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#8 posted 01-12-2011 09:37 PM

Really like the contrast of colors and choice of woods. Well executed and the individual receiving this chest will be happy for a long, long time.

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