The Bertie Box

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Project by Kiersten posted 05-27-2008 07:43 PM 2668 views 5 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Bertie Box is a perfect storage option for the short set—it’s low to the ground, on casters so it moves easily about the house , and puzzle piece top makes putting toys away more fun!

Dimensions: 17 inches wide x 18 inches deep x 15.5 inches tall with casters.

Actual Storage Dimensions: 12 inches tall x 15.5 inches wide

Construction Details: Made from baltic birch and birch plywood. Miller dowels are used to insure strong joints. Comes with white painted body, natural birch top, painted bird/chick lid, and walnut wood veneer appliques for beak and legs. Natural birch interior of box. The wing cut-out acts as the hand-held opening for lifting the lid. Entire box is coated with low voc, water-based polyurethane for sheen and protection.

-- Kiersten, Los Angeles,

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#1 posted 05-27-2008 07:53 PM

FUN! Love the simplicity in function and form. The “Bertie” graphic is great and the saturated orange is wonderful.

-- Fritz Oakland, Ca (dedicated to my other hobby)

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#2 posted 05-27-2008 09:48 PM

Nice job Kiersten. That second picture looks like Bertie blew its lid off…oh wait, Bertie IS the lid!

Seriously, I’m more of a “leave wood natural” person, but this looks great!.. and a great idea too incorporating Bertie and wing as the lid/hand-held cut out.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#3 posted 05-27-2008 09:59 PM

I like this one too!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#4 posted 05-27-2008 10:45 PM

That is interesting, I would have never thought of incorporating the shape into the lid. I bet the kids love it! Great post, you’ve got some serious creativity.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#5 posted 05-28-2008 02:39 AM

very cool….my kids will want one!!! my wife too…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Matt (Upper Cut)

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#6 posted 05-28-2008 06:53 AM

Do you spray your paint and poly? What setup?

-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks,

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#7 posted 05-28-2008 07:02 AM

Hi Mgradwohl! To answer your question, I use foam rollers to apply both the paint and the poly.

-- Kiersten, Los Angeles,

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#8 posted 05-28-2008 04:55 PM

Hi Kiresten

Another great piece. I like your designs. They are bright, colorful and will designed. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 05-28-2008 06:12 PM

Thanks everyone! I love this site and really appreciate the comments from all of you! I’ve learned so much just silently going through the forums. I feel like I’m always learning so now I have a place to go when I get stuck. Thanks again!

-- Kiersten, Los Angeles,

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#10 posted 05-28-2008 06:51 PM

Wow you get a really good finish from the foam rollers. They must be very smooth, not like paint rollers for painting walls.

-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks,

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#11 posted 06-11-2008 06:46 PM

This is really nice.

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#12 posted 01-16-2010 06:52 AM

I love these boxes with the wrap-around design. Do you have any designs with a sport theme? ~ such as a golf ball sitting on a tee? or a basketball and a basketball net?

keep up the great work and congrats on your success.


-- Ted

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#13 posted 01-20-2010 07:23 PM

Thanks, Ted. I mostly sell to modern furniture loving folks who want birds, trees, etc. An organic, modern look. It’s a very small market but I find that if I stick with the designs that coordinate with the hot, mod looks from Europe, it works.

-- Kiersten, Los Angeles,

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#14 posted 01-22-2010 02:29 AM


You have some very unique and eye-catching furniture …. I agree with your comment to Ted … you should stick to what works. You can’t be everything to everyone, but be the best at what you do well.

Keep us posted on your work …..


-- Handcrafted by RJ Paquin - Yooper

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#15 posted 01-22-2010 02:32 AM

Unique and fun project well done

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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