Toy Box

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Project by MDeSchepper posted 1669 days ago 1531 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this toy box for family friends. They were expecting the birth of their 1st child and I wanted to make sure that he would always have a place for his toys. This was my 1st real woodworking project. Built out of solid red oak. I quickly discovered that my process of buying 1 clamp every trip to the local woodcraft store was well worth it because after glue up I was happy for every clamp I had in inventory.

-- Mark DeSchepper -- The things I make may be for gifts for others, but making them is a gift to myself.

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#1 posted 1669 days ago

Very nicely done! May I ask what you used for a finish? How did you apply it? And how many coats?

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#2 posted 1669 days ago

I used General Finishes “Salem” oil stain. I applied 3 coats using old t-shirt rags. I have found the old white t-shirt is the best applicator. I since tried other application methods and keep using the cotton t-shirts.

-- Mark DeSchepper -- The things I make may be for gifts for others, but making them is a gift to myself.

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#3 posted 1669 days ago

Nice toy box.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#4 posted 1669 days ago

Very nice toy chest.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 1669 days ago

very nice work. make sure your name is on it so his kids will know who made it. seems like never enough clamps.


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#6 posted 1669 days ago

This was my 1st real woodworking project.

You are killing me.

You’re serious?? Your first real woodworking project???

Awwwwwwww. It came out just beautifully.

Now I’m really sad ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 1669 days ago

Awsome job, looks real good.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#8 posted 1669 days ago

Well done, the results of have enough clamps is worth it. Looks great!

-- Robert-maine

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#9 posted 1669 days ago

This is such a solid looking box and its so well done. The frame and panel construction in oak is timeless. This will be around for years to come.
You are ahead of the curve as far as ability is concerned, and we look forward to seeing your next project.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#10 posted 1668 days ago

Great work. The kid will love it. Good idea on buying clamps. A little incremental pain makes for a long term gain. I am fortunate, I have my wife convinced that a new project for her equals a new tool for me. The bigger the project, the bigger the tool.

-- AJJ, Eugene OR

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#11 posted 1656 days ago

I agree with the old T-shirts nothing is better. the chest looks great and it is impressive considering the tools you have to work with. Very nice skills.

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