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Project by SeesWoodworks posted 04-21-2018 12:58 PM 715 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been a lurker on this site for years. I’ve been looking at the posts of lumberjocks almost daily for forever and figured it was my time to start posting my creations as well.

This is one of the first things I’ve ever made. It’s a toybox I built for all of the toys that seem to accumulate all over the living room when you have little ones. I built it for my oldest son just before the arrival of my daughter. It’s made entirely of red oak. At the time the only tools I really had were a table saw, router table, and a kreg jig. I used additional strips of red oak to help brace the joined boards and also hide the pocket screws. Rounded over all the edges and I used toybox hinges, with a piano hinge and also offset the top so that even when closed there is 1/4 inch of space. Saves pinched fingers and trapped little sisters. :-)

As with all of my projects I didn’t really use any plans. I like to take inspiration from a lot of different sources and create something of my own. To make it a little more personal I drew a picture of a bear on the front and then burned it into the wood before staining and finishing. The finish is just some minwax oil stain rubbed on and then a ton of coats of poly. After making it I realized that my little guy couldn’t reach to the bottom without risking falling in so I added to layers of mattress topper foam, cut to fit, to raise the bottom and cushion and potential falls.

Thanks for checking it out.

Comments, critiques welcome. Glad to finally be a lumberjock!


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splinterpicker

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#1 posted 04-21-2018 02:58 PM

Nice toy box. I’m sure that it will become a family heirloom some day.

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#2 posted 04-21-2018 03:57 PM

Great job !!!

-- MEL, Kansas

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#3 posted 04-21-2018 04:07 PM

Welcome to our insanity!

Nice box.

The bear is a neat addition too. Plans are only a vague idea to start from anyway!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 04-21-2018 05:06 PM

Well made toy boxes live forever. My daughter still has hers over 40 years later.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 04-21-2018 06:49 PM

That is very nice…GREAT job! Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#6 posted 04-22-2018 12:03 AM

Very nice job! It will live on forever!

-- AJ

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#7 posted 04-22-2018 12:18 AM

Nice project—Love the foresight of a 1/4” gap to save little fingers. Heirloom quality box.

-- R. Smith Central Iowa

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#8 posted 04-22-2018 02:11 AM

Great job. A perfect first post. Welcome to LumberJocks.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#9 posted 04-22-2018 02:16 AM

Great toy box, love the teddy bear and the hinges

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#10 posted 04-22-2018 02:32 AM

Your toy box looks great, very nice job. Your little boy’s children will be putting their toys in it one day.
Regular hinges on a toy box can wear out quickly from use and the weight of the lid. This can make for a dangerous situation around little ones. Rockler makes a set of hinges they call “Lid-Stay Torsion Hinges”, work kind of like the hinges on a lap-top. They used to advertise them just for toy boxes. Years ago I made a similar toy box for my granddaughter and used two sets. They still work great after all these years with no injuries to little hands and little heads, but their not cheap, however they are safer. You might want to check them out. Thanks for inspiring

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#11 posted 04-22-2018 08:47 PM

Thanks for the kind words everyone.

-- Be who you want to be

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#12 posted 04-22-2018 08:48 PM



Your toy box looks great, very nice job. Your little boy s children will be putting their toys in it one day.
Regular hinges on a toy box can wear out quickly from use and the weight of the lid. This can make for a dangerous situation around little ones. Rockler makes a set of hinges they call “Lid-Stay Torsion Hinges”, work kind of like the hinges on a lap-top. They used to advertise them just for toy boxes. Years ago I made a similar toy box for my granddaughter and used two sets. They still work great after all these years with no injuries to little hands and little heads, but their not cheap, however they are safer. You might want to check them out. Thanks for inspiring

- Joe

Thanks for checking out my post Joe. The hinges on this toybox are the same Rockler ones you’re talking about. I guess I just didn’t want to sound like I was advertising for Rockler when I wrote it. They are really great, and expensive to boot. Although I think it’s probably cheaper than a trip to an E.R. :-) Have a good one.

-- Be who you want to be

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#13 posted 04-26-2018 01:21 AM

That’s great to hear. With little ones you aways want to be on the safe side, and your right about advertising. Thanks for being such a good dad.

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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