Toy Boxes

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Project by panamint posted 09-19-2011 08:34 PM 1108 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started out just making the oak toy/ hope chest for my grand daughter but then my son and his wife split up I decide to make a two for the grand daughter so she had one at each house. I know she spoiled lol.


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#1 posted 09-19-2011 08:40 PM

They are beautiful!

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#2 posted 09-20-2011 12:34 AM

These are really nice, with your permission I am going to steal the idea of the pink one and make one for my new daughter, could you list the materials you used and maybe a little more about the box, dimensions/joinery just to give me some Ideas. Thanks in advance.

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

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#3 posted 09-20-2011 02:13 AM

No problem build away. I just built this on the fly and don’t have exact measurement but I drew it looking at my coffee table as a reference. It was 19” Tall 20” wide and around 40” long. I wanted it to last so she could use it as a bench seat at the end of her bed when she got older. I used 3/4” birch Plywood ( don’t buy the crap at the big box stores, the top piece of veneer is paper thin and you will sand right through it. Spend a little extra and get it from a lumber yard or hardwood store) I used butt joints and screwed it every few inches up the sides, I am on my second set of kids and remember when the older ones now where young they would play in the toy box so I wanted it strong. I used hardwood strips to cover the screw heads and also to cover the top edge of the plywood so it had a finished edge on the top. For the bottom I used 1/2” plywood set into a dado an all 4 side about a inch from the bottom. I also just for added strength put a brace under the plywood bottom a 1x cross way’s to support the bottom. The lid is 3/4” plywood with hardwood wrapping the edges. I used a Piano hinge and toy box safety supports. I was going to use the hinges Rockler has but it would have taken 4 hinges since the lid id heavy being 3/4” thick. Feel free to email me any questions you might have.


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#4 posted 09-20-2011 05:48 PM

Very nice!! Great job.

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