Toy Chest for the Nephews

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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.

-- Martin, Twitter @IowaHomestead or Instragram @JenningsHomestead

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#1 posted 10-12-2016 06:19 AM

Great project beautifully done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 10-12-2016 11:13 AM

Nicely done…good design and really like the stain and finish.

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#3 posted 10-12-2016 01:15 PM

It’s an attractive piece of furniture, practical too.

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#4 posted 10-12-2016 05:30 PM

Very nice.

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#5 posted 10-12-2016 08:42 PM

Great looking toy chest! I like the A&C look of it, and the seat cushion is a nice addition!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#6 posted 10-12-2016 09:25 PM

This is a very nice toy chest. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 10-13-2016 05:57 AM

Very nice chest. I’m sure it will serve them long time after they grow up for some other purpose or for their children too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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