☼ Toy Chests with chalkboard panels ☼

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Project by 7Footer posted 08-10-2016 08:14 PM 1639 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a project that I completed in June, they were gifts for my ‘nieces’ (they aren’t technically my nieces but may as well be!). The chests are made out of birch plywood, covered the edges with Walnut edge banding, and walnut letters for their initials. I don’t have very many build pictures, because I was taking video most of the time, I use to really enjoy making videos so I figured I’d give it a shot again.

We’ve been talking with their parents for a couple of years now about building the kids toy chests, and we decided now was the time. I wanted them to be able to use them for more than just storage, so I came up with using chalkboard for the panels, I really like the look and think they turned out great.

The finish is the Shampeon Sauce, a BLO/DNA/Amber Shellac mix, followed by a couple coats of a homemade wax mixture.

Pic 1: Thumbnail for the 1st vid
Pic 2: Rachel’s toy chest
Pic 3: Kamryn’s toy chest
Pic 4: Grooves cut on all 32 rails and stiles
Pic 5: Test fitting the rails and stiles
Pic 6: Glue up of the panels

Here is the 3 part video series, hopefully it makes up for the lack of pictures! (sorry some of the embed code doesn’t seem to be working).
Part 1 –

Part 2 –

Part 3 –

A couple more pictures:

Feedback / questions on my editing/making/anything is welcome. Thanks for looking!


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#1 posted 08-10-2016 08:18 PM

Really cool

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 08-10-2016 08:19 PM

Turned out great. Really like the concept of the chalk board panels. Thanks for posting the videos.

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#3 posted 08-10-2016 08:24 PM

Completely love your work! They came out fantastic 7.

-- ~Tony

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#4 posted 08-10-2016 08:27 PM

Niece approved! Solid work buddy.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#5 posted 08-10-2016 09:17 PM

Watched your youtube video on the build as well, they look great. Gettin pumped to make a big chest for my kids, I’ve had the design floating in my head for quite some time. This might be just the motivation I need to get started.

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#6 posted 08-10-2016 09:55 PM

really a GREAT idea ….... very nice work …....GREAT JOB



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#7 posted 08-10-2016 10:38 PM

Nice work 7, and looks like they were well received. Of course they had to get in them right away.

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#8 posted 08-10-2016 11:03 PM

Awesome job!

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#9 posted 08-10-2016 11:37 PM

Thanks for the kind words fellas!


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#10 posted 08-11-2016 06:32 AM

Nice 7! The black board panels were a great idea. Your videos are really good and I think the scores you pick are pretty choice!

What prompted the change in design regarding the feet?

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#11 posted 08-11-2016 02:22 PM

Nicely done. I like the chalk board idea.

-- Julian

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#12 posted 08-11-2016 03:35 PM

WC – Gracias, much appreciated, I love trying to find a track that works with the mood of the project.
Two things prompted the sans legs change – mainly it was that I originally planned on using solid, but went with plywood so cutting grooves all the way through seemed much easier, and as per usual I started the project late so it was a time crunch!


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#13 posted 08-12-2016 12:04 AM

Nice job!

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#14 posted 08-18-2016 11:16 PM

Nice job 7! The videos are good.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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