Toybox and Blocks

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Project by TomRash posted 02-14-2011 05:50 PM 1771 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another gift for my nephew’s 1st bday. It is a toybox full of hardwood blocks. I made all of the blocks back in November for the January b-day, but in January I figured I needed to make something to hold them. I found the plans in a wood magazine from the fall. The box is made from pine, which did not take a stain very well even after I used a preconditioner so I ended up painting it. The other issues that I had with the pine was how easily it scratched and did not sand well.

I got a good deal at rockler on alot of 8/4, 6/4, and 5/4 hardwood cutoffs when they were selling them for $1 bf. They were a big hit at the party with the adults. My nephew just likes to know over whatever is being built. I know he will enjoy them as he gets older.

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#1 posted 02-14-2011 06:18 PM

Nice idea, thanks

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#2 posted 02-14-2011 06:59 PM

Nice box. I like the design. I would also see it as hope chest or at the foot of my bed. Another idea would be in the living room as additional sitting and CDs/DVDs storage with several layers of sliding drawers inside the box. Hum! You just inspired me for my next project! Thanks.

Too bad you had so much trouble staining the pine. If it can help, try applying a sander sealer first, them work the stain over with a cloth. It works for me and it’s my way to go with pine.

According to your pictures, I wouldn’t be surprised you spent more time building/playing with the blocks than making the box! LOL Thanks for posting.



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#3 posted 02-14-2011 07:23 PM

Great idea. Looks like you had some fun with them as well ;)

Your nephew will treasure those.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#4 posted 02-15-2011 04:45 AM

I had a set like that at my grandparent’s house (he ran a furniture company) back when I was growing up. I loved playing with them for years and years. Hope your nephew has as much fun as I did!

-- Steopa

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#5 posted 02-15-2011 10:33 PM

This is such a great use for cutoffs and scraps. Think about the many hours of fun they will be…gotta love blocks!

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