Toy Chest/Blanket Box

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Project by Randy Moseley posted 12-17-2011 09:51 PM 2546 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a toy box that will eventually be used for blankets. I made it for a work colleague. It is made of red oak with walnut trim and straps, and birch buttons. The stain is special walnut. The finish is sanding sealer and lacquer, sprayed. The box is made of 3/4” red oak plywood. The arched top is made by cutting 4 pine 2×8 pieces into the curve, then bending a 1/8” baltic birch top to arch over the pieces. I also put the baltic birch on the underside of the lid. The oak for the top and underside is resawn red oak, planed and drum sanded to about 3/32” thick veneers, edged glued, then applied to the baltic birch arches with contact cement. The straps are walnut resawn and glued back together in the curve using plastic resin glue. The birch buttons are individually glued (there are 703 of them!. That took several hours!) :) I used 5 lid supports since the top ended up weighing about 25 lbs. The unit is 48” long, 24” wide, and 30” tall at the peak of the arched top.

-- Randy, DeKalb, Illinois

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#1 posted 12-17-2011 10:33 PM

Sweet! That’s a real beauty.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#2 posted 12-18-2011 12:43 AM

I really like the look of that chest, especially the starps and wow 703 buttons. This is a classic piece, great looking wood and consistent finish.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 12-18-2011 02:56 AM

Very attractive, I really like how the straps turned out.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#4 posted 12-18-2011 10:03 PM

Definite a heirloom!

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 12-18-2011 10:16 PM

Nice work Randy ,I like the straps a special touch for sure.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 04-14-2012 12:22 AM

you are definitely the trunk master. wow! all very awesome.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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