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Project by Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop posted 575 days ago 749 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun build for me. I have never made a child’s toy box. I have always wanted to, but never had the reason to. I have a daughter of my own who now needs a toybox, but this one was for a customer and their four-year-old daughter named Aizlyn (a’s-lynn). They have looked into buying a toy box from IKEA but could not find a good quality for a decent price. I knew I had to live up to the name craftsmen and quality while still giving them a great price.

I came up with this design using my iPad and submitted it to them for approval

They agreed that Pine would be the most affordable material to make it from. I knew I wanted to make dovetails to keep it nice and strong and last the family for as long as possible. I managed to find non-slam hinges from rockler called torsion hinges. They worked great for this application because they could hold the lid open at any angle you stopped opening it. Installed without mortises it allows the lid to set high enough to add ventilation. I took some liberties during the build and made changes to the design. It saved me about a days worth of work so I can have it ready by Christmas time for the baby. Overall, I think it came out beautiful and the family loved it. Below, are pictures during the build.

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK





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lew

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#1 posted 575 days ago

Nice build, Drew!

I like the “safety” hinges and the idea for ventilation.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 575 days ago

Nice job,well done.

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#3 posted 574 days ago

Nice build, Drew.

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woodshaver

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#4 posted 555 days ago

what a great looking toy box!
I built our 3 kids a toy box many may years ago. This reminds me of that toy box. But yours looks much better than the one I built. I love the lettering, the joinery and the knots! I love pine! It was the only wood I used back when I first got started in woodworking. And I love the smell of pine. Nice job on this great looking toy box.
Aizlyn is a luck little lady!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#5 posted 555 days ago

Thank you all for the comments. Tony I’d like to see your toyboxes if you have pictures. I know they’re getting great use and it will be handed down for more generations. Thank you for your comments on this one I enjoyed it.

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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woodshaver

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#6 posted 555 days ago

Drew,
I made our kids that toy box back in 1979 or 80. About 33 years ago and I have not one picture of it. It was very simple nothing fancy. Your toy box has pizzazz and Charm! It’s very attractive. It not only has the look of fun but it displays a look of well built quality with the exposed joinery! Save the pictures!

We just moved into a new house in MA when I built that toy box. And shortly after I finished the basement and made a kids area with 3 booths across one long kids height counter top. I put cork on the wall in front of them And behind their 3 little seats was a bar that they use to put all their toy in. And above their desk’s were more built ins for toy storage. Between each seat was a small book case under the counter top. I was like going to school and they love it! They played there all day!
The adults used the bar when the kids were sleeping! :) LOL!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Farrout

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#7 posted 489 days ago

I’d like to make one. Can you provide pictures of the floor, or how you did it?
Thanks

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#8 posted 489 days ago

The floor was constructed with two jointed pieces of pine to make the width that I needed. Then they were just dadoed into all four sides, the skirt then covered up the dado from being seen.

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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