Very pink toy chest

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Project by davec11 posted 07-20-2011 01:33 AM 2231 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My little girls toys were beginning to take over the house, so we decided that a toy chest was needed. Its pretty basic stuff, but she likes it. I let her choose the colour scheme (still getting used to the whole ‘pink’ thing, i have 2 older boys and never had to deal with it before. Since my daughter hit 3 everything has to be pink). My biggest worry was her trapping her fingers in the lid, it’s fairly heavy (just over 4 feet across), so i made a simple lid stay that ratchets up but requires an adult to close it for her, and just in case i fitted a couple of door dampeners on the corners. She’s been playing with it (and in it) for a while now and no squashed fingers so far. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 07-20-2011 03:42 PM

I love doing toyboxes! Great build!
Having made a few for grandkids, I have taken off the lids and have them stored for when they get big enough to handle the lids.
Be prepared—the toys will end up outside the box anyway and the kids will end up playing in the box…

-- "--Build Beauty to leave to those who appreciated it , not to ungrateful kids..."

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#2 posted 07-21-2011 12:05 AM

Great job, Dave. I built a toy box with a Winnie the Pooh motif for my friend’s daughter. I got the stickers from Home Depot, and the good thing is that they peel off easily, so as she grows older she can turn it into a hope chest.

Nothing like building things for kids. I think we get even more joy out of it than they do, if that’s possible.

Happy woodworking!


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#3 posted 08-06-2011 06:28 AM

what are the dimensions of this chest? im looking in to designing one for my neice

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#4 posted 08-06-2011 01:37 PM

Hi popz, welcome aboard. The dimensions are 1200mm wide x 450mm deep x 500mm high.
Great idea with the stickers Art, wish I’d thought of that. Took me nearly as long to paint the pictures as it did to make the chest.

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#5 posted 08-07-2011 01:52 AM

hey.. thanks for the demensions they will come in really handy.
i was thinking about TRYING to scroll saw some fairys and flowers and the like (my neice is 4 so some ‘girly’ desgins) fixing them on the front and then painting the chest and scroll work different colours.

im not fully sold on the scroll saw idea, not having any tools yet (apart from really cheap hand tools) ive gotta see what i can borrow/ buy, if i cant get a scroll saw i will deffiently use stickers, thanks for the idea.


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#6 posted 08-07-2011 07:10 AM

Very nice toy box. I never built any for my girls (they had store bought), but now that they are bringing grandkids into the world, I have two “ordered”. ;=)

The kids can be trained to use it if properly encouraged. Just like potty training, some families have a time with it often due to lazy parenting and lack of consistent reinforcement from all involved.

I just finished building a toy box a few weeks ago, but have not stained or painted it yet.

Regarding the lid’s hinges… I am very pleased with the inexpensive Rockler toybox safety hinges. They are sized for the lid dimensions and weight (you do a calculation and order appropriately). They will NOT smash fingers. You have to open the lid and close the lid. If you let go any part of down it just stays there. I think they are $7 or so.

Now, fill that box up. :=)

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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