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Project by Alan posted 12-19-2010 07:33 AM 2119 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 2 kids wanted toy boxes for their rooms, Mom hopes they put the toys in the boxes. So this was my Christmas project, 2 toy boxes 31”L x 18”W x 20”H, made of walnut and maple. They are basic frame and panel design with pocket hole screws. Made for 4/4 material, the panels are raised on the inside as I wanted the flat facing out to put their name on them.

To do the names I found a font I liked on the computer, printed them out, taped them together and used carbon paper to trace them on the panels. I then use a small router to take out as much material as possible and finished with a chisel. I finished by using a textured punch on the letters to hide all the chisel and router marks. I stole lots of ideas from Tommy MacDonald Pilgrim Blanket Chest project.

For the feet I laminated some of the left over walnut and turned them on the lathe, they aren’t all exactly the same but I don’t think anyone would be able to tell.

The finish is boiled linseed oil and paste wax.

As always comments and critiques are welcome. Thanks for looking.

-- Alan, Prince George





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Shopsmithtom

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#1 posted 12-19-2010 07:43 AM

These just look way to good for toys. Great job. In fact, if you want to do one with “Tom” on it, I’ll give you my address.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#2 posted 12-19-2010 07:48 AM

These are great looking toy boxes Alan and the lettering turned out super ! I built a solid wood toy box for a family youngster as well and really enjoyed the experience. I am sure Your little ones will love them and will be cherished for years to come !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#3 posted 12-19-2010 12:42 PM

Nice looking toy boxs. Did you make all the toys to go into them? If you have they are going to have a great Xmas.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#4 posted 12-19-2010 12:55 PM

Very nice boxes! And they’ll last forever too.

-- Dale, Oregon

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#5 posted 12-19-2010 01:50 PM

Hi Alan, nice looking boxes. The contrast looks great and i think the proportions are real pleasing as well. (I always worry about that with boxes/chests this size). Are you concerned with cupping of the top at all?

-- Tampa-FL

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#6 posted 12-19-2010 05:12 PM

Great job!!! The kids will love them.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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Alan

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#7 posted 12-19-2010 05:23 PM

Thanks for all the comments. I didn’t build any toys to fill them, they already have enough to fill a dozen toy boxes and I’m sure they will get more for Christmas. Hopefully they last a long time.

I wasn’t concerned about the cupping of the tops but haven’t built enough to experience when you should attach cleats to the bottom. To build the tops I just jointed and glued the boards together, the glued up panels then sat for about 3-4 weeks until I hand planed them flat.

I would be interested if anyone has experienced cupping and their opinions on when to attach cleats.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#8 posted 12-19-2010 06:10 PM

Alan, I am not sure if you know this, but you’ve created a Family heirloom and most importantly you’ve created a childhood memory your children will cherish for their entire lives! You’re a good Dad! Thanks for posting!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#9 posted 12-19-2010 08:58 PM

I second what Coz said. These are wonderful pieces Alan.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#10 posted 12-20-2010 01:53 AM

Very good work. Nice contrast and proportions.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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#11 posted 12-20-2010 02:54 AM

I wish my toys would fit these boxes. Nice combination of woods

-- Norman

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#12 posted 12-30-2010 06:56 AM

oh oh my! Gorgeous boxes. Well done!

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#13 posted 12-30-2010 05:20 PM

Thanks for the comments. My girls loved them and have them all loaded them up with their toys.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#14 posted 04-13-2013 12:46 PM

These look great! I also just made a toy box for my daughter (for Christmas) that is very similar, but I wish I would have used different woods for the panels to get the contrast that you did. Adding the names on the front is an added bonus- now they can fight over whose is whose!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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