Cherry/Maple Toy Box for my daughter

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Project by asmang posted 09-19-2011 02:12 AM 3098 views 11 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I do a lot of turning (mostly pens that I give away before ever having a chance to post here), but this is the first real furniture project I’ve done. I don’t really count a small 3-leg table I made in 7th grade (although I still have it and it looks good for it’s old age). It’s a toy box for my daughter and is solid cherry with maple panels. It took a ton of work: from picking out the raw lumber and planning cuts to milling the boards, alignment, assembly, routing, finishing and getting everything looking good with sealant, poly and wax.

I happy to have finally completed it and couldn’t have done it without the help and expert tutelage of my dad, Sandy, who’s projects (including a a very similar toy box for my nephew :)) you can see at his link.

I also used just about every Festool product and many others to complete this build (thanks again, Dad) and some others. For fun, here’s a full list:

TS 55
PS 300 EQ+

OF 1400
MFK 700 EQ

RO 125 FEQ+
ETS 125 EQ+

MFT/3 + Guide Rails
Domino + a ton of dominoes!
CXS Drill
Grex Pin-nailer

Other Tools
Router table
Delta X2 Jointer
Rigid Thickness Planer
Assorted Hand Tools

I’ve included some photos here and have linked to all the photos on Flickr at

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#1 posted 09-19-2011 02:25 AM

Very nice.

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#2 posted 09-19-2011 02:34 AM

Very nice!!

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#3 posted 09-19-2011 03:19 AM

Nice piece mate.
I can see the smile on the customer face and that’s what really count ;-)

-- Dave -

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#4 posted 09-19-2011 03:49 AM

Nice looking toy chest. You have really put together a family heirloom for your daughter. If you haven’t already done it, I would consider putting some sort of hydraulic closer on the lid so that it can’t accidentally fall an cause injury.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 09-19-2011 05:30 AM

Good work. I love the cherry and maple combo. Joints look very tight. Definitely a family treasure. -Todd

-- Todd

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#6 posted 09-19-2011 06:35 AM

Reached for the favorite button immediately. The joinery and wood selection make this a model for my
future chest project! Thanks for posting.

-- Jay in Changsha

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#7 posted 09-19-2011 07:39 AM

Proud papa Greg is no more proud than I am that I was able to share the build experience with him. While our respective schedules caused the project to take an incredible amount of time from start to finish, in the end, who really recalls that when the finished product comes out as well as this one did? I know that my granddaughter will always have this “toy box” (future “hope chest”?), and she will always cherish that her daddy made it for her. Now that it’s out of my shop, though, my next “real” project (pens and small boxes don’t count) will be the rocking horse that I promised for her birthday, which is now already four months late. For those of you who are not familiar with Festool products, the entire project was made using Festools (except for some dado routing which was done on my custom made router table using an Incra LS-17 with an undersized bit to get precise fits). In fact, several months ago I sold my 3 hp 52” (Biesemeyer fence equipped) Delta Unisaw, as the Festool products have taken over in my shop.

Cajunpen, your concern about the lid is well-taken. That’s why both this toy chest, and the one I made for grandson, Ian (by my daughter), use Rockler’s Torsion Hinges which are expressly designed to hold the lid wherever it’s left, rather than allowing it to slam down. Also, as one of my cousins is a pediatrician, both this toy chest and Ian’s include combination air vents/hand openings….

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#8 posted 09-19-2011 08:59 AM

Thanks a lot everyone. Cajunpen, as my dad pointed out, there are air vents and Rockler's Lid-Stay Torsion hinges (that will take you to the page at Also, since those hinges are made for 3/4 material and mine was a bit over an inch thick, some chiseling had to be done.

Once the hinges are in, the back is up just a little bit allowing for more air to flow through.

What I liked about these hinges were that there are only two needed and that they don’t need any additional braces or other components. I felt that the less there, the better and they definitely hold the lid up.

JRL – I wasn’t really sure that I’d like the two-tone (though I was doing it no matter what) until after it was sanded and the first coat of sealer was on. I finished it with a satin poly and then waxed it. That really made the grain come out and I’m looking forward to seeing how it is once the cherry gets darker. Also, as far as the Joinery goes, nothing beats the Festool Domino. It makes an amateur like me able to put something like this together and keep it aligned and completely flush. Only a minor amount of sanding was needed at the joints.

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#9 posted 04-15-2015 06:39 AM

Extremely nice looking box.

Do you have any plans available for it at all?

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