Alexa'a Toy Box

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Project by gbear posted 12-20-2007 03:00 AM 2763 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The box is made from walnut plywood and purpleheart. It is pretty straight forward using rabbit joints for the box and raised panel for the lid. It is similar to a blanket chest I had earlier made except that I used plywood instead of solid walnut. Basically, I was trying to use what I had left over from other projects to lighten up my wood storage for which there is never enough room. I used decorative hinges and toy box lid supports for safety. The finish consists of several coats of Waterlox, wet sanded between coats. The final coat is wet sanded using Pledge wood restorer with orange oil as a lubricant, then waxed.
For the teddy bear I searched on line until I found a drawing I liked. I copied it, enlarged it and then traced the outline onto a piece of 1/4 plywood. I then drew in the design, painted it, stained the entire bear with golden oak stain and then sealed it with Waterlox. It is currently attached with carpet tape (I may have to pin nail it later if the tape doesn’t hold) with the idea that it could be removed at a later date and used as a blanket chest.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#1 posted 12-20-2007 05:08 AM

very pretty!!! i love the color combo of the wood…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 12-20-2007 06:44 AM

Great looking Walnut. A very classy chest.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 12-20-2007 02:52 PM

Man, that Waterlox really makes the project glow! Seems to be your preferred finish. Can you provide any info on where I can obtain it, or how to use it?

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#4 posted 12-20-2007 04:18 PM

Nice chest! That walnut on the top is great.

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

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#5 posted 12-20-2007 06:19 PM

I get Waterlox at Woodcraft. I comes in satin, high gloss and medium sheen which is what I most ofter use.
It is basically a wipe on varnish/oil mix and tough to screw up!!! (Good for me).

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#6 posted 12-20-2007 08:29 PM

Gbear – just a thought – why not use screws through the inside of the case to attach the bear. That way it’s more secure and if you want to take it off you can patch from the inside. If you use small enough screws the outside holes should be able to be patched with no trouble if you decide to take the bear off. The problem with carpet tape is, if you leave it on to long it’s a bear (sorry I had to do that) to get off and it will leave a nasty residue to get off the finish. Just a thought.

Long and short though – I like the box and someone’s toys should be happy in it.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#7 posted 12-20-2007 08:36 PM

Thanks Betsy for the great idea.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#8 posted 12-21-2007 02:13 AM

I agree with Betsy, why not use screws to attach the bear, then in the future it opens up a wealth of possibilities for replacing with highly figured, but complimentary embellishments. Thanks.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#9 posted 12-21-2007 06:11 AM

Spectacular looking toy chest. I really like the walnut inset.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 04-19-2008 10:36 PM

now this box has characture. i like the contrasts you used on this. we have verry similar taste

-- i can do all things through christ who strengthens me

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#11 posted 04-19-2008 11:10 PM

wow that is beautiful. almost too nice for toys

-- Jim in Cushing Oklahoma

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#12 posted 10-25-2008 03:02 AM

I like the wood combination and your figured black walnut. Very unique. A really nice heirloom.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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