Oak/Poplar Toy Boxes

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Project by Chris Speights posted 12-10-2012 07:06 PM 1231 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A lady at work recently built a new house. The kids rooms were much larger and she asked me to make a toy box for each of them. They are mostly poplar (since she wanted them painte), but have several pieces of red oak, also, since I had quite a bit on hand. This was my first attempt with the panel and M&T joinery. It was an experience. I am glad I got to learn it on someone else’s dime…haha.

I am not crazy about how the backs look…but, I couldn’t find a plan that would work. So, I was basically just designing as I went. After I saw the back, I was pretty upset, but it was already glued up…lesson learned.

I lost the pictures of the build. The last picture was from the lady at work after she got them in their rooms.

Thanks for looking


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#1 posted 12-10-2012 09:08 PM

Very nice. Everything you build helps you improve so the next one you build will be perfect. What are the dimensions?

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Chris Speights

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#2 posted 12-10-2012 09:37 PM

I am hoping that would be the case…haha.

The “box” area is 48” long, 22” wide and about 18” high/deep. Total height is about 36”.

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#3 posted 12-10-2012 10:14 PM

We try to improve on every project we make. If we don’t we shouldn’t be doing this.

Good job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 12-10-2012 10:20 PM

They’re both pretty in pink. Charming.

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#5 posted 12-11-2012 12:23 AM

Not bad for the first time, they look great sitting in the rooms. Good job Chris!

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Jamie Speirs

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#6 posted 12-11-2012 12:31 PM

Chris what a great design

I’ve been looking for one for my friends

grandsons and this looks perfect. Although

I might not go for pink. LoL


-- 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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Chris Speights

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#7 posted 12-11-2012 01:03 PM

Thank you all for your words. Jamie, I have always heard “real men wear pink”...true or not, I am with you…haha.

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#8 posted 12-11-2012 02:44 PM

Great design and build, well done!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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