|Project by Jennings_Homestead||posted 10-12-2016 02:02 AM||345 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
Its been a while since I last posted as I’ve been working on a toy chest for my nephews. Unfortunately, the camera was on the fritz, so I don’t have any more images prior to the assembly of the chest and the finished product.
I’ve always found chests/boxes to be fun to make and this one was no different. I used 2×2 legs at the corners and cut vertical slots into them into which the side panels and horizontal supports would interface. The vertical supports were slotted on either face as well so that the panels interlocked with them as well. The whole chest is made of red oak aside from the bottom which I thought was fine to leave a pine.
To avoid some smashed fingers, I tried to leave a wide slot in the front of the chest. So that I thought it necessary to put some supports in the center of the lid to prevent bowing. Aside from the mortise/tenon joints described above, there were quite a lot of pocket-holes and screws used to secure the various pieces of the design.
The oak was finished with a minwax stain and a few coats of poly were placed on it to protect against grubby paws! Finally, a seat cushion was sewed for the top.
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