Toy Box

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Project by CalgaryGeoff posted 09-02-2011 09:42 PM 1636 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I worked on this Toy box off and on over 3 months for a charitable donation to help out a single mom. It is made from a highly sought after building material MDF. It was a real struggle to find hinges to support the lid. It weighes around 30 lbs and standard Lee Valley hinges just did not have enough strength to hold it up. I had to visit a truck assessory shop and pick up two 24 lbs truck canopy hinges for it. I ended up going through four sets of hinges before I got it to stay up without falling down. I also learned not to put a lip on the lid as it acts like a paper cutter when it closed and would have chopped off your fingers rather easily. So I had to use a flush trim router bit and trim them off. I needed to make a painting templates for the name and date.

I delivered it to the receipient and got a six pack of Becks beer for my efforts.

Overall this was a giant PITA project but at least my karma level should be topped up for a long time to come.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#1 posted 09-02-2011 09:45 PM

MDF! That thing must have weighed a ton!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 09-03-2011 02:07 AM

GREAT JOB! I know it will be appreciated.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#3 posted 09-03-2011 02:22 AM

Pretty, I might steal the idea for my new daughter if you dont mind.

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#4 posted 09-03-2011 03:17 PM

I feel your pain, for I deal with the weight and limitations of this stuff nearly every week. You have a nicely realized piece here and I’ll bet the Becks cleared your throat. Good on you.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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