Mini Oak Chest with play blocks

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Project by Zahnarzt posted 06-01-2012 03:33 PM 1423 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This small chest is a gift for some friends with a 6 month old boy and it is made of Red Oak with exposed walnut dowels. The blocks are poplar. The corners are all rabbets reinforced with exposed dowels and the MDF bottom is rabbeted in with brads and glue for reinforcement. It is finished with mineral oil and 3 coats of clear shellac (light sanding with 300g between coats, light scuff with 400 after last coat to flatten the shine a bit, it looked too artificial). The Lid support is from Rockler and the handles from Amerock. The hinges (which I dont have a pic of) are hammered iron cabinet hinges which look great horizontal too!

This was my first project with a significant amount of hand-plane use and it turned out great. I am a very new woodworker but I already feel the heavy pull of handtools!!

-- That hoopy frood really knows where his towel is.

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#1 posted 06-01-2012 08:16 PM

I think this is a lovely chest – but I think you are going to need to make a few more blocks for a budding 6 year old builder.

I can think of a lot of uses for a box like this – how nice it would be to store my supplies on a shelf and have this to pull out instead of a crappy plastic box. It would be great place to keep letters and pictures or my Christmas creche for safekeeping. You could store it almost anywhere, even in plain view shich would be nice for things that have to be packed away.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 06-01-2012 09:47 PM

That is a great wee box

He will treasure it and fit a lock later :)

I like the soft close lid


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 06-03-2012 01:48 PM

Thanks! I realized after taking these pictures how sparse the block collection was so I doubled down. I’m happy to say our friends and their baby boy loved it. It even made mom cry. Making small heirloom projects like this one is one of the big things drawing me to woodworking :-)

-- That hoopy frood really knows where his towel is.

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