Christmas Toy Chest for the Mailman's Granddaughter

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Project by jack1 posted 12-24-2011 10:23 PM 1747 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Mailman wanted a toy chest that would last so we chose red oak. In retrospect, I should have put wheels under it, it’s that heavy (almost 50 lbs)!
I edge glued the oak to make up the widths and pegged the sides and bottom together in the “Sam Maloof” style, i.e. screws and plugs of a contrasting wood. The plugs really “pop” when you apply clear stain and then varithane. I finished it off with a hand waxing.
There is a piano hinge and two friction hinges to prevent mashed child fingers. I also put on the brass corners and handles for moving (dragging) the chest a round.
The chest measures 28” x 15” x 18”. I also extended the top edges with an overlapping trim to allow an easy to grab edge for opening the chest.
It’s a Christmas present.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#1 posted 12-25-2011 12:29 AM

You are one great Postal customer – your mailman must love you. Really nice job on the toy chest.

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

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#2 posted 12-25-2011 12:50 AM

Very nice toy chest. Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 12-25-2011 01:25 AM

Nice toy chest.

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#4 posted 12-25-2011 02:27 AM

Looks GOOD, Jack!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#5 posted 12-25-2011 05:19 AM

Excellent work, I bet your mail never gets left out in the rain or late, etc. etc. Looks like Santa’s workshop has been real busy. This looks fantastic! Merry Christmas to you and yours as well.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#6 posted 12-25-2011 05:55 AM

Nice job Jack!
That came out real sharp!

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#7 posted 12-25-2011 06:32 AM

I made toy chest for my grand kids, I made mine our of poplar. as a finishing touch I made the letters of there names with my scroll saw and painted them a different color, and glue them on. looks great

-- measure twice,cut once,hope for the best

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#8 posted 12-25-2011 05:32 PM

Nice job on the toy chest Jack!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#9 posted 12-25-2011 11:48 PM

wow…that turned out really nice!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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