Cherry Toy Chest

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Project by drbones posted 02-21-2012 12:38 PM 1733 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Adapted from a blanket chest design, this was built as a toy chest with hinges that support the weight of the top.

-- Its' better to wear out than to rust out!

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#1 posted 02-21-2012 12:56 PM

Really nice, are they hand cut dovetails?

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 02-21-2012 01:13 PM

I used a Leigh jig and router to cut the dovetails. Not enough patients to cut that many by hand.

-- Its' better to wear out than to rust out!

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#3 posted 02-21-2012 01:56 PM

Nice chest! What is the purpose of the two cross boards on the inside of the lid. Sorry if this a stupid question but I am in the process of researching toy chest’s for my own build I am planning soon.

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#4 posted 02-21-2012 02:40 PM

Very nice, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 02-21-2012 02:45 PM

There won’t be many toys in this one…...but it will provide hours of entertainment crawling in and out of and hiding in. You can bet on that.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 02-21-2012 02:50 PM

I put the 2 cross bars under the top because i was a bit worried about warping. they are screwed with oval holes to allow for expansion. the trim on the top is attached with a sliding dovetail cleat that’s only glued on one end; also to allow movement of the wood.

-- Its' better to wear out than to rust out!

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#7 posted 02-21-2012 04:07 PM

This is one fancy toy box,very attractive .Excellent work.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 02-21-2012 08:21 PM

Excellent looking toy box. I was looking at a similar design to build myself but I like yours better. Thanks for sharing.

-- Adam - Langley, British Columbia (Canada)

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#9 posted 02-21-2012 11:09 PM

Nice project. Jig cut dovetails are in no way cheating in my opinion. Looks great.

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#10 posted 02-21-2012 11:59 PM

That’s a grand looking chest

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#11 posted 02-22-2012 02:01 AM

Got to love that cherry

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#12 posted 02-22-2012 04:49 PM

That is a wonderful chest and you did a fine job on it. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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