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Project by kjverlanic posted 06-02-2008 03:31 PM 1485 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first furniture piece that the LOML designed and built. He did most of this at our friends shop as it was pre-jointer and planer era for us. It is approximately 4’X2’x2’. There are many things that we would do differently like the panels and the top and being more picky about the wood we pick out and more careful with the glue, but it serves it’s purpose well and will make a nice blanket chest after it is done being a toybox. At that point in time we will line it with cedar. But it has a few more years of its current use.

-- “There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper … and the buyers who consider price only are this man’s lawful prey.” John Ruskin





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#1 posted 06-02-2008 03:33 PM

Beautiful Toy box, man that would be a beautiful any kind of box. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 06-02-2008 03:49 PM

Very nice chest!

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 06-02-2008 04:44 PM

This is a nice toybox. Cherry happens to be my favorite wood with which to work. You all did a good job on the construction and, as for the wood, what is not to like about cherry.

How did you finish it?

Thanks for the post. I am sure that it was filled with toys in no time and I am betting that another one is needed. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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kjverlanic

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#4 posted 06-02-2008 05:05 PM

Finish is 4 coats of polyurethane after a cherry stain to help darken it just a tad. Next piece of furniture I would like to do a tung oil finish on and see how well it holds up. Personally I like raw wood more than coating and feel that the tung oil would give me more of that.

-- “There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper … and the buyers who consider price only are this man’s lawful prey.” John Ruskin

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#5 posted 06-02-2008 08:28 PM

Great looking box. I see one of those in my future.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 06-02-2008 11:06 PM

good looking project … give it ten years and the cherry will age to perfection

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 06-03-2008 12:23 AM

You are too hard on yourself! I think the toy box looks great. You guys did a beautiful job on it. You should be proud of the job you did. The more you do the better you get. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 06-03-2008 04:17 AM

Love this chest, great job

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#9 posted 06-03-2008 06:13 PM

No one sees the flaws or oportunities you mentioned. Best to keep them to yourself and correct them on the next project. It is a beautiful box.

Thanks for the post.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#10 posted 06-05-2008 02:15 AM

That’s a beauty; nice lines, nice decorative touches, and the design is attractive.

-- Gary, Florida. http://www.penturners.org/forum/f70/servicepens-2014-a-111967/

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kjverlanic

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#11 posted 06-05-2008 04:04 PM

Thanks for all the praise!

-- “There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper … and the buyers who consider price only are this man’s lawful prey.” John Ruskin

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#12 posted 07-15-2008 09:45 PM

OH boy! This is really nice looking!

Great design. Very crisp on the construction.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#13 posted 07-15-2008 10:16 PM

Nice job!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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#14 posted 08-06-2008 12:31 PM

Looks awesome, I love the cherry, especially the natural color, the little darkening you did helped to bring out the nicer features of the grain.

Did you use the spring loaded safety hinges? If so, how many? I have a commision for two toy boxes though I don’t have dimensions yet and don’t know how much of a load those safety hinges can handle…ooh sounds like an experiment waiting to happen.

-- Rich, WNY, www.nyrockingchairs.com

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kjverlanic

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#15 posted 08-06-2008 04:11 PM

Rich,

Thanks for the compliments. This toy box is approximately 28” deep, 24” high and 48” wide. It is rather large. We have one long piano hinge along the back. In either back corner we have a gas spring like these:
Gas Spring

The lid is very heavy and so far our two toddlers haven’t been able to lift it up even with the help of the gas springs. Although if I were doing this for someone else, I think that I would go with safety hinges.

I hope this helps and if you need more info, just let us know.

Jolene

-- “There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper … and the buyers who consider price only are this man’s lawful prey.” John Ruskin

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