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Project by swampjack80 posted 11-13-2010 07:39 AM 1750 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This toybox was my very first project. I decided to build one for my son after I learned a plastic one from toys r us cost around 100 bucks. So off to Lowes I went and picked up a sheet of plywood. I didn’t have any major shop tools so I had to do a few things the hard way, such as cutting dados with a skilsaw (what a pain). I will say the experience made me appreciate it when I finally got a router. Its pretty plain and simple but I thought it turned out well, minus it being a bit out of square and the blotchy stain job (another learning experience). Now if I could only figure out how to build a box that automatically picks the toys up off my sons floor after he drags them all out!

-- "I believe that our Heavenly Father invented man because he was disappointed in the monkey." - Mark Twain

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Vern Little

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#1 posted 11-13-2010 08:26 AM

Good job, Chad. We all start some where. Now learn from it and make some more projects. It takes courage to try dadoes with a skill saw.

-- Earth first, we'll drill the rest of the planets later. Vern

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#2 posted 11-13-2010 08:29 AM

Looks Good!


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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 11-13-2010 12:24 PM

That is a nice box.
I thought it was solid timber.
Good luck with the next project.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 11-13-2010 02:53 PM

You won’t have any trouble picking up his toys if you call this box, his “Toy Safety Box!” Any toy on the floor when he’s not playing with it is subject to being played with by the toy fairy… And sometimes they bring it back in a few hours and other times they play with them for a while… Depends on how good he is about keeping his toys in the safety box. Toy fairies can’t open heavy lids. LOL

Just wait till he gets a drivers license… You can own your teenager then! I bought my son a restored 1974 MGB when he turned 16. He drove it home and I asked him to take out the trash. Yep, same answer as always… “IN A MINUTE!” Yea right… I must have made some noise going to the utility closet because he yelled again, “I’ll get that in a minute.” I told him, I wasn’t getting the trash. I needed a few tools to put my battery in the shop!” He beat me to the door with the trash. I never had to tell him twice after that. He learned real quick that kids with bad attitudes walk.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#5 posted 11-13-2010 03:35 PM

Nice job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 11-14-2010 06:52 PM

Really nice and it should last longer than it needs to.

I built one 30 years ago in between remodeling our first house. I only had a circlular and jig saw. It was not the greatest but it saw a lot use and abuse. Still have it in the shed for storage, but if my life depended on it I could not tell you what is stored inside. The point is, it is still fuctioning.

-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."

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#7 posted 11-17-2010 07:16 AM

I didnt think the stain job was blotchy, it makes it look like a solid peice. Maybe when your a hands width away you can tell, but from the picture it looks great! Nice job, the bottom leg cut outs look great too!

-- "May you live in interesting times"

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