Toy Box

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Project by jeb1974 posted 09-10-2011 11:55 PM 1546 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After looking at tons of designs online, and taking into account that this is my second woodworking project, I decided to go simple. Of course, now that it is done I would have done it all differently. I guess I will make a second one when we have more kids and a bigger house.

It was a lot of fun and I learned a ton on it. My grandfather keeps saying that glue will hold it together but I put brackets inside the inner box and underneath the whole toy box. Probably overkill. And, the thing is basically held together by a bunch of dado joints.

I have seen many of the toy boxes my fellow LJs have done and they are really impressive. I like mine as a first start for a “box” design, but will borrow some things I see when I do the next one. I found this site after doing this project. One of the things I am proud of is the corner joints. My grandfather showed me how to use a certain router bit to hide the joint.

Materials: One 4×6 sheet of half inch nice finish plywood. Brownish stain and three coats of polyurethane. Decorative hinges and L brackets. All materials bought at Home Depot.

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#1 posted 09-11-2011 03:10 PM

Nice job. Simple design, looks good. What is the next project?

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#2 posted 09-11-2011 03:52 PM

Good looking box and a box within a box is a neat idea. If it’s not glued in you might think about raising it up to the top to create more room, make it more accessible and prevent stuff from being piled on top. BTW, I use that corner joint nearly every week at work. Nice work.

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

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#3 posted 09-12-2011 05:52 PM

I have posted the next few projects that I have worked on. With the good weather starting to fade in the Northwest, I will be headed into the wood shop for the fall and winter. I have lots of ideas for Christmas and around the house.

The inside box is dado into the outside box so cannot move it. This toy box was designed on the fly and I would not do the inside box again. I had originally thought the inside lid could be make to latch with the outside lid to keep the outside lid up. However, I found the spring hinges and decided to use those, which I am glad I did. Very easy for a toddler to open and close without getting their fingers smashed. Also, the inside box just does not get used as much as I was hoping. The one good thing about it is that it does make a platform for my 20m old son to lay on while he digs for toys on either side of it. He certainly found a good use for it.

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