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Project by CDavy posted 1256 days ago 3674 views 10 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Toy Box I made for my niece’s 1st birthday. It came from a combination of 5 different plans I found online and some images from LJ’s (thanks for all the inspiration!).
The whole project was made from 3/4” Baltic Birch plywood and a 1×8 piece of poplar from the big orange box store. It measures 40” long x 16” deep and 27” high (floor to top of back). The seat sits 21” above the floor. I used a combination of glued rabbets and biscuits to assemble. I wanted to minimize the areas where fingers could get pinched while still being able to support a lot of weight on top (kids love to climb stuff)-so I have 2 cut out tabs under the lid to support it. The top is attached with a short continuos hinge. For safety it has 2 toy box lid supports from Rockler.
To finish it-I painted with 2 coats of Indoor latex paint. I bought the letters and scalloped trim from a craft store and painted them white. Attaching them was the only place I used brad nails. To finish it, I sprayed on 3 coats of gloss polycrylic for a nice smooth finish and make it easier to clean.

-- “Knowledge is limited; but imagination encircles the world”~Albert Einstein





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yooper

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#1 posted 1256 days ago

Nice Job and good decorations. I’m sure she’ll love it and fill it up fast.

-- Jeff, CT - better late then never

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ND2ELK

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#2 posted 1256 days ago

Great looking toy box. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Roger

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#3 posted 1256 days ago

real nice. I know your niece is very happy

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Monty Queen

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#4 posted 1255 days ago

Wow, awesome job on the toy box, It looks beautiful. I love the colors you use they just stand out. Great work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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Bogdanovich

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#5 posted 1255 days ago

God job. Charlotte is very lucky girl.

-- My English and my woodworking are matching skills.

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Andrew

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#6 posted 959 days ago

I love this – I think I’ll make something similar for my friends’ son. It’s time to graduate up from cutting boards anyway :)

Thanks for the idea.

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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Andrew

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#7 posted 955 days ago

How did you get the edges of the plywood to be so smooth?

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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CDavy

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#8 posted 951 days ago

The birch plywood I used was pretty solid with very few voids. Any voids that I did have-I filled with wood putty. I had to go back over it a few times and then lots of sanding with drum sander bit attached to my hand drill to keep a nice 90 deg edge.

-- “Knowledge is limited; but imagination encircles the world”~Albert Einstein

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Andrew

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#9 posted 951 days ago

I’ll try that, thanks! I am going to try and make a variation of this for a boy.

Where did you use the 1×8 poplar? I can’t figure it out!

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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CDavy

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#10 posted 950 days ago

The poplar was ripped down and used in a bunch of places-half used to make the front trim piece along the bottom with the curved cut out. The other half is used along the back to attach the lid. Here is my cross section plan to show where it was used. It can also be seen in image 4 of the project above.

-- “Knowledge is limited; but imagination encircles the world”~Albert Einstein

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Andrew

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#11 posted 950 days ago

Awesome thanks! If you have any more diagrams with measurements, that’d be awesome :)

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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CDavy

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#12 posted 950 days ago

Here is my cut sheet.

-- “Knowledge is limited; but imagination encircles the world”~Albert Einstein

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Andrew

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#13 posted 950 days ago

Just perfect, thanks so much!

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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CDavy

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#14 posted 950 days ago

No problem! Please share some pics of yours when you get it done.

-- “Knowledge is limited; but imagination encircles the world”~Albert Einstein

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Andrew

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#15 posted 950 days ago

I certainly will. Thanks for responding! I absolutely love your design

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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