Safety Hinge Toy Chest

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Project by JoeinDE posted 02-17-2010 01:21 AM 9202 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a fairly simple box, but it is functional and that is what I was after. I had about 3/4 of a full sheet of 3/4” ply (maple/birch) left from making the TV stand last year. I figured that my almost three year old son needed a toy box and that would be a good use for the rest of that sheet of ply. I bought the Rockler exclusive safety hinges and they have worked quite well so far. The handles are from the big box hardware store. This is my first experience with using edge banding; the big box store had birch and oak, so I used the birch and it goes well with the maple face that is the outside face. The screw hole plugs are something really dark that I got in a pack of cut-offs and scraps. The tray rests on runners so that it can slide left and right, but it is not attached so it can be removed to get to the area underneath. There is a divider in the bottom that is resting in dado slots and supported by the bottom. The stain is Minwax cherry and the finish is bulls-eye shellac. As you can see, my son has already loaded it with toys, so I didn’t get any pics without the toys.

Things that I learned in this project.

1. Powered sanders will very quickly sand through shellac and the stained layer if you accidentally push down to hard.
2. Even 3/4” plywood will warp when sitting in a garage for over a year. Unfurtunately I didn’t notice the warp until after I had put the carcass together. Based on the way I put the carcass together there was no way to true it so that the lid would match up perfectly when closed (there is about an 1/8” offset on the upper front left corner)
3. Painters tape is your friend if you want clean cuts in plywood from your table saw and you only have a combination blade for your table saw.
4. A block plane works well when trimming the overhang on the edge banding.

As always comments and suggestions are more than welcome.


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#1 posted 02-17-2010 01:49 AM

I built a blanket chest last year and used the rockler hinges. They are pricey, but they worked really well!

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#2 posted 02-17-2010 03:41 AM

That should bring several year of good use to the young fella.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#3 posted 02-17-2010 12:06 PM

Good looking box! good looking boy! Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 02-17-2010 08:19 PM

Nice tox chest. Those are cool hinges.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#5 posted 02-20-2010 01:34 PM

Good looking toy box. I built a blanket chest for my mother-in-law with 3/4” plywood and it sure was heavy. That box should stand up to a growing boy for a long time.

-- Bob, --Silence & smile are two powerful tools. Smile is the way to solve many problems & Silence is the way to avoid many problems.

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#6 posted 02-24-2010 05:10 PM

My son has already climbed in and sat in the tray. Thankfully the runners and strong enough to hold 40+ lbs in the tray so my son didn’t fall in. It goes without saying that he was admonished for climbing in.


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#7 posted 02-24-2010 05:32 PM

Hey, take good care of that handsome boy…!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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