I built this with the help of my 4 year old, Madeline. She helped saw dovetails, and also helped during the glue-up. It is her toy box, and (I hope) later to be her “off to Stanford U” box. I wish I could find good looking soft-close lid hardware. Everything available I can find is plastic and not at all appropriate for fine furniture. Though the lid is not very heavy (it’s of southern yellow pine – as is the rest of the box), I still fear for pinched fingers.
The carcase is dovetailed and it has a frame and panel lid. I did a dovetail/miter joint on the lower skirt, which was a first for me. The purpose was to avoid end-grain during shaping of the skirt. I’d hoped to do something with an old 1/2 set of hollow and rounds, but couldn’t get them tuned up in time. Ended up with a simple chamfer.
I can say without hesitation that this is the favorite item I’ve made so far. Milk paint rocks. One layer of lamp black under two of brickhouse red, then oiled and waxed. Made a few interior boxes as well of cherry. I’d like to build more of these if I ever find the time.
By the way, southern yellow pine works beautifully by hand. I can’t wait to use this stuff again – perhaps dresser drawers…