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Child's Toy Box Chest Seat

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Project by jakub76 posted 08-21-2011 07:14 AM 3847 views 8 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Child’s Chest Seat that I made for my daughter’s cubby house. It was a lesson in hand-cut mortise and tenon joints for me – 16 of them. Though I did use a cordless drill to remove most of the mortise material.

The legs are made from an old pine post I found in the back shed, the frame is pine, the panels are plywood, plywood lid with foam and a canvas covering. Sanded to 400 grit and finished with two coats of wipe-on poly. Waterproof spray on the canvas.

As I still don’t have a work bench, wood vice or table saw I am finding it a bit tough to get things square – please see my improvised clamping system photo. This project is not square but it is very strong, practical and the little one loves it.

Note the covering material match with the cubby house awning. We inherited an old cubby house from generous neighbours, refinishing and sprucing it up was my previous project.

I got some inspiration for the legs here—> http://books.google.com/books?id=dPsDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA52#v=onepage&q&f=false
I quite like the chunky look.





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hickeymad

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#1 posted 08-21-2011 08:32 AM

You can see the love you put into this. Your daughter is lucky to have you. Here’s to raising women that know there way around mechanical things!

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workerinwood

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#2 posted 08-21-2011 03:44 PM

Great job!! Like the design.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 08-21-2011 07:42 PM

Have to love the “in use” photo : ) Great job !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Gary

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#4 posted 08-21-2011 07:54 PM

You should be proud and pleased! Well done dad!!!

-- Gary, Florida. http://www.penturners.org/forum/f70/servicepens-2014-a-111967/

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Roger

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#5 posted 08-22-2011 12:23 AM

this is very nice. I do like the “beefy” legs

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

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Tim Kindrick

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#6 posted 08-22-2011 08:40 PM

Who says you can’t use pine in “fine woodworking”!!! This thing is exquisite!!! Love the playhouse pic!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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DocSavage45

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#7 posted 05-19-2013 06:02 PM

LOL! Nice innovative clamps. Nice recycle and learning experience.

Wabi Sabi

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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DMC1903

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#8 posted 07-27-2013 07:27 AM

Nice bench!!

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