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Project by Ron Henricksen posted 1400 days ago 1626 views 6 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My grandson out grew the chest that we were using for his toy box so I decided it was time to make him a new one. The project as you see it contains many firsts for me. I am very pleased to say that I purchased a Ridgid Joiner just prior to starting this and the result is a box that is much straighter and more square than anything I have made prior to this. I also purchased a biscuit set for my router and this project is put together with 36 total. Thanks to the Joiner I did my first lamination of a top and I am thrilled with the results. It actually two 10 inch boards that were originally one long plank. Don’t have the equipment for book matching (Yet!).

The details: Its a close copy of Ian's Cherry Toy Box that was the design I liked best of many on this site. While shopping for cherry to complete another project our supplier had a new shipment of african mahogany with beautiful streaks of red that I thought would be great with cherry plywood. I have to say that I really love the resulting color combination. The pictures in the sun show how bold it can be but in the room (last picture) the contrast is more muted and really works well in my opinion. There are also four Rockler toy box hinges that keep the lid where ever Gavin puts it. Gavin jumped up and down on the bottom right away to test that the blind dado and 1/2 plywood are rock solid.

I really enjoyed this one. I have to say I would do this again, maybe for my niece and her to boys.

-- Ron, Aptos, CA





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rdjack21

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#1 posted 1400 days ago

I have to say that I really like this toy box.

Thanks for sharing.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 1400 days ago

Wow what a high class toy box ,very well done.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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lanwater

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#3 posted 1400 days ago

Well it looks like he is already enjoying it.

Great looking box.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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newTim

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#4 posted 1400 days ago

Great design and execution. Beautiful finish. Are those hinges some kind of soft close? I see that lid and those little hands and think of safety week.

-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com

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Monty Queen

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#5 posted 1400 days ago

Looks realy nice, great workmanship. Superb.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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Ken90712

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#6 posted 1400 days ago

Great looking toy box! I thing the colors like you mentioned really flow! The only thing is see would be if the hinges are not soft close I would put one on for the little guy. A++++++++++++++++++

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Dusty56

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#7 posted 1400 days ago

Beautiful toy box and Grandchild !! Congratulations on both of them !! : )

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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MOJOE

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#8 posted 1400 days ago

Though not book-matched, the top turned out great! Hope this new toybox hold plenty of toys…..

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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CampD

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#9 posted 1400 days ago

I like the design, not the usual box.
He looks thrilled!
very nicly done.

-- Doug...

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KnotCurser

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#10 posted 1400 days ago

I need to echo newTim’s question/suggestion – you really need to consider putting a safety closing mechanism on this – the first thing that caught my eye as well was the little one’s fingers in the gap of the lid and back – OUCH!

Lovely otherwise – great work!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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michelletwo

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#11 posted 1400 days ago

Lucky child, Gavin

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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Woodbutchery

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#12 posted 1400 days ago

Great job, Gavin. Nice combination of woods.

For those who are worried, those Rockler hinges are designed with a spring to keep act as counter-balance. As Gavin placed in his post, the lid goes up, the lid stays up. The lid get’s lowered a little, it will stay in that spot until it’s moved.

I almost used this for the toy box I put together, but they’re designed for a 3/4” frame to hang onto, and the box I put together was 1 1/2”.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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AaronK

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#13 posted 1400 days ago

nice chest. the wood is really nice, especially in the sunlight!

your comments make me want to get a jointer badly. im finishing a chest right now, and man, a jointer would have been nice!

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Buche

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#14 posted 1400 days ago

I love it! well done!

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CharlieM1958

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#15 posted 1400 days ago

Fantastic looking toy box!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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