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Project by Pat Cavanaugh posted 04-26-2018 04:10 PM 1407 views 12 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this chest for a co-worker. It will start off as a toy chest for her grandson and then move along with him as he grows up. I used plans from Wood magazine (Issue 210). It’s made from 1 sheet of 3/4” red oak plywood along with a little more than 18 b/f of red oak. I added a little color to bring out the curl in the oak with a little Minwax Special Walnut stain and finished it with 4 coats of Deft Satin Brushing Lacquer. The inside and bottom are painted with Rustoleum Kona brown.

The lid uses three Rockler 60lb/in torsion hinges to prevent it from closing accidentally. These are great. I opened the lid and set it at 6 inches and went to bed. When I got up, I checked it and it was still at 6 inches. Well worth the $30 each for the safety of a child.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS





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MilFlyer

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#1 posted 04-26-2018 05:17 PM

Looks great and thanks for the details especially about the hinges. I’ve seen many people mention safety about these kinds of things but you’re the first I’ve seen specify what hinges you used and how well they stood up to the test. Thanks for sharing!!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#2 posted 04-26-2018 06:44 PM

I am drawn to the arch detail in the panels. How did you achieve that look? It has the appearance of curtains to showcase the panel as they would on a theatrical stage.

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#3 posted 04-26-2018 07:53 PM

I used the same Rockler hinges on a toy/blanket chest for my grandson built in 2011. They still hold the lid at any position without dropping.

Pat, beautiful design and execution.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#4 posted 04-26-2018 09:31 PM

Absolutely wonderful piece from every direction. Are those panels a veneer or solid wood? Crazy grain there, and it sets the entire works off. Awesome job, and thanks for sharing.

Also a nice thing to think of the safety of the lad. I imagine Mom and Grandma would also thank you too, are they aware of the safety hinges?

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 04-26-2018 09:33 PM

that’s an heirloom for sure!

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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builtinbkyn

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#6 posted 04-26-2018 09:36 PM

Beautiful job on the chest Pat. Hope plush toys are going into it ;) It would be a shame to see it dinged up by Tonka Toys. * Do kids play with them any more? :( Do they even make them any more?

Isn’t it amazing the waterfall figure you can draw out from simple oak ply? Did you do the sanding with wet finish to fill the pores? I did just that on some cabinet doors and they look pretty much like those panels. It was a relatively inexpensive way of adding an exotic wood look to my built-in.

Really nice work on the chest!

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#7 posted 04-27-2018 10:49 AM

Very nice!
I like the extra detail of the “fans?” inside the stiles, it gives it a very neat look!

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC :: http://www.FamousArtisan.com

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#8 posted 04-27-2018 11:14 AM

This is beautiful! Great work. I’m sure that the kids will love now and later as they get older

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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Pat Cavanaugh

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#9 posted 04-27-2018 12:42 PM

I am drawn to the arch detail in the panels. How did you achieve that look? It has the appearance of curtains to showcase the panel as they would on a theatrical stage.

- TechTeacher04

Those “arches” are actually 1/4” appliques applied to the panels. The really do accentuate the grain in the panels.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#10 posted 04-27-2018 12:55 PM

Absolutely wonderful piece from every direction. Are those panels a veneer or solid wood? Crazy grain there, and it sets the entire works off. Awesome job, and thanks for sharing.

Also a nice thing to think of the safety of the lad. I imagine Mom and Grandma would also thank you too, are they aware of the safety hinges?

- therealSteveN

Thank you. Actually I got lucky and that grain was on the 3/4” plywood I got from HD. And mom and grandma are aware of the hinges

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#11 posted 04-27-2018 02:33 PM

Mighty fine build Pat. Looks fantastic! That’ll last a lifetime +

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#12 posted 04-27-2018 03:36 PM

This storage chest is beautiful and so nicely made. I love the design and the wood.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#13 posted 04-28-2018 01:21 AM

Excellent chest! The figure in the panels is amazing!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#14 posted 04-28-2018 02:33 AM

Gorgeous design and execution.

-- It's a fine line between clever and stupid

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#15 posted 04-28-2018 04:39 AM

Very Nice & Well Done Also! Thanks for Posting Pat!

Regards Rick

-- (Rick S.)... "Don't Worry About What People Think! They Don't Do It Very Often Anyway!"

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