Jack's New Toy Box

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Project by FJPetruso posted 09-30-2010 03:59 AM 1966 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter wanted to give a unique birthday present for her friend’s kid. So my daughter figured that that good ole woodworker, Dad, would help make a toy box. The toy box she wanted was one like I made for my grandson on an earlier project. It was a smaller box constructed of birch plywood & put together with wooden bolts. She also wanted a larger box & we did some figuring & came up with 24-1/2” wide by 16-1/2” deep by 16-1/2” high. She also wanted to really participate in the construction of the toy box so we first went to the BORG (Home Depot) & she helped to pick out the wood. She even paid for it! (You know a father normally isn’t used to that kind of help.) She picked out some nicely figured birch plywood & I got some maple for the corner brackets. Back at home in the shop I have some oak boards & hardwood dowels to make the bolts. We cut out the panels for the sides & the bottom was cut from 1/4” plywood. The table saw was used to cut the groove for the bottom to fit in & also to cut shallow kerfs for the paneled look. While I was cutting the wood, my daughter was threading the dowel rods & making the bolts. We cut out some 1-1/4” square by 3/4” thick oak blocks & drilled holes in the center. My daughter wrote the child’s name out in a style resembling a child’s printing & I routed his name on the front panel. Then while I was cutting the corner braces from the maple she tapped the oak blocks & then we also tapped the brackets. I used the table saw again to make some trim for the top & bottom & after temporarily assembling the box I fitted the trim at the top & bottom using the only metal fasteners used in the toy box, wire brads from my brad nailer & some glue. Next, like all projects out of my shop, the toy box got it’s butt branded. My daughter sanded & stained the box with water base stain & then gave it three coats of clear water based sealer. With a little bit of scraping of some thick areas of finish, the final assembly of the toy box was completed.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#1 posted 09-30-2010 06:27 AM

This project will be treasured no doubt. And you most likely will always treasure the time creating it with your daughter. Great story. Thanks for shaing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#2 posted 09-30-2010 06:32 AM

What a great idea.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#3 posted 09-30-2010 01:03 PM

Very nice project, especially made with with your daughter. How wonderful. That’s how woodworkers are made. She must have felt very proud, when giving that gift to her special friend. kudos.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 09-30-2010 02:51 PM

Great project, dad & daughter – great job!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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