|Project by Scott Wigginton||posted 02-24-2008 08:17 PM||3086 views||6 times favorited||9 comments|
I live in an older house (built in the 1880s) which lacks any sort of built in storage. As my daughter’s collection of toys has continued to grow I finally decided to build her a toybox to alieve some of the overflow.
Similar to my first project (Toddler Bed), and also built in December 2006, this toybox made with only a miter saw, circular saw, and cordless drill using dimensional lumber, plywood, and a complete lack of knowledge on woodworking techniques and jointery. I made the front and back sections similar to the toddler bed, but then was at a loss for how best to connect the sides, bottom, and top. Luckily us engineers tend to view everything as a problem with a solution set waiting to be found.
I managed to edge glue the top boards without clamps using some wedging action between some immovable objects and some hefty things found around my garage to keep things flat. Nothing like the delicate smoothing ability of my 6” angle grinder to break the edges.
To attach the bottom prior to knowledge of dados I ended up adding a support rail to nail the plywood onto. The sides of the box were simply nailed onto the existing frame and a piano hinge for the top. Another white primer and painted to match the bed and she had her first furniture set.
The largest struggle was to find a good stop-fall to prevent my daughter from hurting herself with the top. At first I could only find items that cushioned the blow from a full fall for the last few inches. I wanted something that would assist in the opening so my daughter could get her toys out without having to hold the top open, and still not let it crush her fingers if she lets go. I finally managed to find the correct type of hinge at Lowes and it has been a blessing in allowing her to use it without any injuries (except for her falling off the top!)