A New Toy Box for the New Grand Daughter

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Project by FJPetruso posted 10-11-2012 11:54 PM 3324 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My #2 daughter (Remember Charlie Chan?) is going to have her first child and as it happens… my wife & my first grand daughter soon. As requested, I am, along with the new father, making some bedroom furniture for my grand daughter & it is supposed to match a new crib that was purchased for her. So to make things go smoother, I chose to make a toy box first so I could experiment with the color matching process before making the larger dresser & chest of drawers. The furniture has “wine bottle legs” which are made into the face frames & the color is to be an off white. The paneled sides are just filled with plywood but I had some wainscoting & chose to use that in the panels for the toy box. Three pieces of wood were glued together & the cap for the back of the box was sawed out on a band saw, sanded & routed. The front panel has a drop in it so little fingers are less likely to get squished &, along with that same drop down, the back has a peg-board panel installed to let air flow freely for safety. (We all know how little kids will sometimes empty out their toy box & play “hide-and-seek” in their toy box.) The wood was first sealed with wax free shellac & then several coats of water based milk paint was sprayed on followed by a top coat of acrylic finish.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#1 posted 10-12-2012 01:12 AM

That is a great looking toy box. great design. I like the arched backboard.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 10-12-2012 03:00 AM

Pegboard back is a wonderful idea! I just rebuilt my nieces childhood toy box so her new baby can use it.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#3 posted 10-12-2012 03:33 AM


All-around nice design. We like all the ideas you incorporated into the box. Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#4 posted 10-12-2012 05:38 PM

It’s beautifull.She’ll enjoy playing with it and putting stuff in.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 10-12-2012 09:38 PM

This is definitely a toy box for a princess! Pretty!

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#6 posted 10-13-2012 12:13 AM

That is a beautiful piece. How did you like spraying the milk paint?

-- Jay -

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#7 posted 10-13-2012 03:29 AM

Thanks you all for the nice comments! Of course I had to make it a bit frilly for my first grand daughter.

JSB… spraying the milk paint went just fine. I was familiar with spraying automotive finishes but I’m a novice at spraying a paint finish on wood. Getting some tips from the guys at Woodcraft really helped out.

Like any type of finishing, preparation really is the key to getting started. Good sanding & using a pore filler is a good start. I first sealed the wood with wax free shellac sprayed from my HVLP gravity fed spray gun. It’s a Woodriver Pro model with a 1.4 mm standard nozzle that the spray gun came with. The 1.4 mm nozzle worked great with the shellac cut about 10% with denatured alcohol. For the milk paint, I changed to a 2.0 mm nozzle on my spray gun, cut the milk paint about 15% to 20% with water & sprayed on several coats over a couple of days. (I also had to get the spray gun a little closer to the surface to get the paint to flow on without a “dry mist”.) After it dried enough, I sprayed on 2 coats of Polyacrylic Gloss clear finish cut about 10% to 15% with “FLOWTROL”. The Polyacrylic Gloss finish actually comes out to a real nice satin when sprayed on. Incidentally… to save on the amount of finish paint used, I sprayed first with some left over “eggshell” colored milk paint from a previous project that was much lighter than the wood & only a little darker than the “snow drift” color that was the desired color. Hitting the toy box with that “colored primer” first, really helped the top coat cover quickly & evenly. It was a good experience for my first time spraying paint on wood.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#8 posted 11-08-2012 03:33 PM

The care taken in this really shines. I’m guessing that the those decorative brackets at the sides would also help to keep little fingers away from the back corners (which would have the closing force of a lever style nut-cracker)

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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