Cherry Toy Chest

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Project by FuzzyDove posted 12-20-2012 09:00 PM 3059 views 10 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My niece will be 17 months old this Christmas so I figured it was high time that “Uncle D” make her a toy chest. The joinery is just floating tenons and some of the cherry was from a tree felled on our property. The hinges are the type that hold the lid open in any position and will not close on little fingers. The finish is tung oil with just a tad of stain to highlight the natural wood color. It is topped off with polyurethane for durability. We plan to add some toys to the inside before giving it to her for Christmas morning. Let’s hope it will bring the smile that only children can give.
Christmas Eve Update – just added the last picture…. sweet little Aspen seems to like it!

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#1 posted 12-20-2012 09:00 PM

Looks extraordinary! I like it.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#2 posted 12-20-2012 09:59 PM

Great job! add toys in it… Perfect for your niece. She will treasure it for the rest of her life.


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#3 posted 12-21-2012 12:43 AM

Well done, she will love it

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 12-21-2012 12:52 AM

Nice wood, great project.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 12-21-2012 01:20 AM

Pretty darn fancy toy chest,thumbs up!

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 12-21-2012 01:29 AM

looks great!!! what are the dimensions?

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#7 posted 12-21-2012 03:27 AM

Great Lookin Chest

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#8 posted 12-21-2012 04:21 AM

Very nice. Really like it. I did not know you could put polyureatane over tung oil. Have you done this before? Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#9 posted 12-21-2012 05:34 AM

One of these is already on my list to make for my little one. Hope mine turns out as good as yours but i wont be using such a nice looking wood.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#10 posted 12-22-2012 01:20 PM

Thanks for the support all.
dnick, I have used polyurethane over tung oil many times. As long as you give the tung oil plenty of dry time I don’t think it is a problem.
robp, sorry, but I did not measure it before I gave it away yesterday and I don’t remember the dimensions.
For those interested in the hinges (which are expensive but great quality) here is the link:

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