Toy Chest

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Project by Art posted 01-13-2010 06:16 AM 1992 views 9 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project posted on LC, a toy box I built for my best friend’s daughter. It comes as a modification of a blanket chest many here on LC have constructed. Yes, I know it’s considered “sacrilegeous” to paint wood projects but since I’m somewhat of a novice I built the box out of poplar and thus figured painting was the best route of finishing.

This project was important for me on several levels: It exponentially improved my woodworking skills. It brought me closer to my son, who I have with me on the weekends, and it expanded his interest in woodworking. And perhaps most importantly, it gave me a way to honor the life of a little girl whose parents were once told they could never conceive a child. At fifty, my friend became a dad, and two years later I presented his daughter with a gift that should outlast her old man and old uncle. In short, this project was a blessing. Now I know how you guys and gals feel. It’s great to be part of that. Thanks, fellow lumberjocks!


P.S. I added the safety support after the photos were taken. Also, the Pooh stickers are removable, so once she’s outgrown it she’ll have a nice blanket chest.

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#1 posted 01-13-2010 06:49 AM

OK. With a backstory like that I’m gonna overlook the paint. ;-) You did a fine job and I know how it feels to have a bonding experience with a child in the wood shop. They’ll remember it forever and the story could outlast your friend and his daughter because it could get passed on to your son’s grandchild. (Not that the toy chest won’t last that long too.) Keep up the good work.


-- Jim

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#2 posted 01-13-2010 04:45 PM

Great job on the chest it looks very nice.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#3 posted 01-13-2010 06:02 PM

That’s one super toy chest great job

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 01-13-2010 07:06 PM

Toy chest looks great and Love the story behind it.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#5 posted 01-13-2010 09:23 PM

Very nice toy chest and a happy ending to your story.
I have no problems painting poplar, it’s not a pretty wood. Furthermore as the little girl gets older, her room wall colors are bound to change and the nutral white color of the chest will go well with any color change…...or simply repaint the chest a different color to accent the room. Win, win situation in my book.
Nice job.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 01-14-2010 02:12 AM

Thanks for all your nice comments, guys. With my first project now posted I’m proud to stand among you.


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#7 posted 01-16-2010 06:13 AM

I agree woodeye, and she could always paint the panels as an option. A soft yellow for me! Mr. Cool thats a beautiful chest! Great job on that! Great story too. But i think the best part is the bonding with your son! That cant be replaced. I really like the sticker idea! Poplar really takes paint nice doesnt it!

-- Jesus was a carpenter

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#8 posted 01-23-2010 07:33 AM

Thanks, Rick. Yeah, the poplar does take the paint nice…now I’m looking forward to working with some serious wood!

Best Wishes,

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#9 posted 01-16-2012 10:46 PM

beautiful project, with a gr8 story. awesome build.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 01-23-2012 11:17 PM

Thanks, Roger. I eventually plan to build two for my daughters from some “real” wood.

Take care,

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#11 posted 05-20-2013 02:15 PM

Great project. I hope to put one of these together for my daughter sometime soon!

-- Chris G. ; Los Angeles, CA

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