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Toy Box - Oak and Meranti

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Project by struuus posted 01-17-2010 04:31 AM 1788 views 7 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A toy box I built for my friend John for the birth of his son a couple years ago. This was the 3rd evolution of a my design. I used Meranti and red oak, all rough sawn lumber held together with mortise and tenon joints. I did drive some long screws through into the rails to make sure they didn’t pull out. The legs are small and I wasn’t able to make the tenons sufficiently long that they didn’t pull out due to the racking force (of a 2 year old). You can see the plugs that cover the screw heads, they are not unsightly but this problem was remedied in my current 4th evolution, this time for myself, possibly to be done prior to the birth of my son.

The top is pinned with wooden dowels on elliptical holes that allow it to expand without warping.

The panels are 1/4 oak ply, the hinges are spring loaded to support the lid in an position with a gap on the front to allow air in when closed. The finish is clear shellac with a few coats of semi-gloss polyurethane.

-- Chris “The most overlooked advantage of owning a computer is that if they foul up there's no law against whacking them around a bit.” Eric Porterfield





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woodworm

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#1 posted 01-17-2010 05:00 AM

Very nice looking toy box/chest. Great work!
Where did you find “Meranti wood ” in your place? – It is the standard Malaysian name for “Shorea uliginosa”.
http://woodwizard.mtc.com.my:8888/report.asp?ItemID=74

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 01-17-2010 06:16 AM

That is a nice looking chest. I like the vertical accents. Very reminiscent of the mission style.

-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts

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struuus

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#3 posted 01-17-2010 08:42 PM

They sell it at my local hardwood dealer. I think they sell it for decking material. It’s surprisingly inexpensive but if you dig through the pile you can find some really neat grain patterns. What do you usually use it for in Malaysia?

-- Chris “The most overlooked advantage of owning a computer is that if they foul up there's no law against whacking them around a bit.” Eric Porterfield

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