Toy Box

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Project by BigD1 posted 11-29-2011 08:22 AM 2660 views 8 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my version of Peter Turners box, you have seen in various publications. I chose to use Alder and Popular as my choice of woods. It started out to be a Toy Box for my nephew. I felt the end result was to nice for a catch all to place toys in. It ended up being called a Keep Sake Box for his baby items, as he has grows up. It is my first attempt in building a box of sorts. Lots of time, lots of learning. The finish is Watco Danish Natural Oil, three coats, letting it set one month between each coat, and 8 coats of hand rubbed Minwax Wipe-on Poly. The hindges are a Lid-Stay Torsion Hinge from ROCKLER Woodworking. I used Earth Magnets to keep lid closed tight. There are a total of 167 Mortis and Tenon joints.
I look forward to building another box, in the near future. Thanks for looking….BigD1

-- Donald Baty

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#1 posted 11-29-2011 10:31 AM

Loks really good. Like the style and the wood and woodcolor that much. A real furniture the craftsman could be proud of.
Thank you for sharing!

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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#2 posted 11-29-2011 10:54 AM

Great job on this, the color and grain look great. That is alot of mortis and tenon’s betting your a master on them.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 11-29-2011 01:05 PM

Very nice work… first “bigger” project was a toy box for my daughter (though not as nice as yours), and I really like the attention to detail. I too used mortise and tenon joinery, but not 167!!!! I think my favorite part of your work is the bottom of the box….very nice detail!

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#4 posted 11-29-2011 01:53 PM

very nice piece. I like how you joined the corners together.

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#5 posted 11-29-2011 03:32 PM

Cool finish. Very nice contrast. Great job!

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#6 posted 11-29-2011 03:50 PM

Very nice, great job!! Like the design.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 11-29-2011 03:59 PM

Super job – I too admire the fact that the bottom is as ‘finished’ as the rest. The wood colours are extremely complimentary.

Also, I like the way the curves on the lid ends, the long side ends and the bottoms of the sides all ‘match’

But a month between Danish Oil coats !! – You have infinitely more patience than me. I think I’m being over cautious when I wait one DAY rather than the six hours suggested on the tin. LOL

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#8 posted 11-29-2011 04:58 PM

Impressive! The time you put into this will make it last a lifetime. He will be very proud of this forever.

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#9 posted 11-29-2011 06:16 PM

Thanks Don for the feed back, along with all the other kind words. I was told by another Lumber-Jocker that I needed to wait 30 days, so the finish would no longer put off a curing gas. True?? I don’t know. I just took his advice. Yes, it was hard to wait that long. Remember, not my design….It belongs to Peter Turner. Thanks Peter….Your the best. BigD1

-- Donald Baty

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#10 posted 11-29-2011 06:33 PM

I am really glad to hear that this beautiful chest is not going to be a toy box rather something your nephew will hold onto the rest of his life. As your nephew grows up you could make other keep sakes for him to put into the chest…

Thank you for sharing!

-- So much wood, so little time

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#11 posted 11-29-2011 08:12 PM

a very beautiful chest, congratulations.
I do have a question about wood movement. I imagine that the battens (if that is the word) on the top are attached with screws in elongated slots or some other solution, but I was wondering about the bottom. Does it sit loose in a rabbet in the sides?

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#12 posted 11-29-2011 08:39 PM

Nice job, you and your nephew can be proud of it. A few questions if I may;

What’s the thickness and rough dimensions of the lid? The lid-stay hinges come in 30,40, & 60 inch pound ratings. Which hinges did you use? Does the lid stay open in any positionor or would more or less inch pounds better? Any other suggestions for the hinges?

Thanks, I’m planning a chest right now and am unsure of which hinge to use.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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#13 posted 11-30-2011 04:15 AM

Great chest. This design is high on my list as well.
Those are some nice wide boards you got there for the panels…
Well done!!!

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#14 posted 11-30-2011 06:19 AM

I must say thank you for all the unexpected comments you have voiced on my “BOX” project. And thank you for the many “FAVORITES” that you posted. I am with out words. BigD1

-- Donald Baty

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