Another toy chest.

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Project by Montezuma45 posted 10-10-2012 08:16 PM 1745 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I start out with 2” x 4”’s and surface plane them all to the same thickness. Then I cut them into 4 pieces (approx. 1.375” x .75”) on the table saw, cut to the dimensions and glue sides, offsetting the boards by about 1/2” for “fingers joints”. Since all the boards should be the same height, they should have a tight fit. After that, it’s just a matter of adjusting for squareness and finishing touches. Unfortunately, it takes me about 80 hours to make one chest. Need to find a way to speed up the gluing process, that takes about 40 hours adding one board at a time. LOL, a very slow method.

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#1 posted 10-11-2012 12:06 AM

Nice, clean look. I would think quite durable as well, which would be a plus in this application if the recipients are anything like most kids.

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

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#2 posted 10-11-2012 12:22 AM

very nice toy box.i wouldn’t have the patience to glue them up one by one.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 10-11-2012 02:16 AM

Very nice work. The finger joints look great. I have found inspiration for a similar project. Thanks!

-- Jeff, North Andover, MA

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#4 posted 10-11-2012 01:37 PM

You could attach each layer to the one below it with countersunk screws, except for the top layer. You could probably assembly the entire box in a few hours. It may be a little more work, but it will speed up the assembly and you will not have to wait of the glue to cure. Just a suggestion. I like the toy chest.

Anyone have any ideas on how to add a soft close lid? I can recall smashing my fingers in mine as a kid.

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#5 posted 10-11-2012 01:42 PM

Oh, I like that approach. Noit sure I would have the patience to do if for a box of this size, but I may well try it on something much smaller.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#6 posted 10-11-2012 03:44 PM

I run over on hours , as conpaired to what I thought it would take, all the time. I try not to add them up. Typical weekend project takes a month. oh well having fun.

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#7 posted 10-11-2012 06:39 PM

I’m leaving the soft close hinge to the people I built it for, along with the staining. New home and they can decide on the colors to match.

It sounds like a lot of work to glue it all up but it’s more like 4 mins. of setup and 26+ mins. of dry time.

The previous toy chest took less time to glue but had more issues due to “arc-ing” from the clamping. If I had a surface planer that could handle 24” with, I could glue and smooth in 45 minutes.

Time was not lost, I manage to tape, mud, sand and prime a quarter of my workshop while waiting. LOL

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#8 posted 12-12-2017 09:02 AM

Great idea…considering how cheap 2×4s are I’m guessing that these cost about $15-20 in lumber?


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#9 posted 12-12-2017 04:42 PM

Yep, about that much for the wood. The hardware depends on how fancy you want to go.

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#10 posted 12-12-2017 09:34 PM

Wow! You have really done a beautiful job on this toy chest.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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