Refinished "toy" chest into cedar lined "linen" chest

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Project by TZH posted 02-24-2012 08:14 PM 3736 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My stepson was given this toy chest by his Grandmother on his Father’s side when he was born. I’m told he would empty out the toys and hide inside as long as he was small enough to fit. Now he’s 28 years old and is getting it back as a cedar lined linen chest. Along the way, his younger half-brother (my adopted son) also used it (to its detriment, of course), and marked it up with all kinds of stickers and permanent markers. Then it spent a few years in our storage shed waiting for someone, anyone, to do something with it. For Christmas this year, I thought my stepson might appreciate his “new” toy chest.

I took the whole thing apart, first. Then everything got rough sanded by hand and by using my orbital sander. Then I resanded down to 220 grit. I put the finish coats on prior to lining it with aromatic cedar tongue and groove planks – three coats of black walnut Deft brand stain/varnish combo over pine, and the pictures show that’s as dark as I could get it.

Reassembly included re-doweling the hinged top and adding chains on each end so as not to allow the lid to flop all the way backward (the old hinge was shot after initial removal) – chains work great – followed by lining the inside with the cedar. The final touch was adding an old calcified elk horn handle from an antler-shed that was on our property when we moved in here. Had to sand off about 1/4 inch to get down to the actual antler core, but the results were worth it.

Anyway, my stepson is very excited about it – even asked me if it was strong enough to sit on. I told him he could do whatever he wanted to, but if it were me, I wouldn’t go that far.

Thanks for looking.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#1 posted 02-24-2012 08:37 PM

what a beautiful chest, i love cedar so this one won my heart right off, looks really good where you have it, great job

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#2 posted 02-24-2012 08:38 PM

Time marches on ,a go upgrade.

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#3 posted 02-26-2012 02:08 AM

That’s a great redo on the toy chest Ted, I am sure that your stepson will love it.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#4 posted 02-26-2012 04:53 PM

Nice redo. Nothing is tougher on furniture than kids…..................

-- mike...............

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