|Project by Natedog||posted 06-09-2013 11:11 PM||1247 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
Here is a toy chest that I built for my cousin and their new kid. The chest is based on a tool chest design and sized to fit at the end of a twin bed, approximately 32” long x 20” high x 20” deep. The chest is made of cherry with a curly maple top panel that is dyed with an amber dye stain.
I added a drawer to the base that incorporates the lower skirt as the drawer face. The drawer face was cut out of the skirt board, so the grain is continuous all along the front. The drawer looks like a different board currently due to the different shade of color. This is from completing the chest first and the drawer face last so the cherry wood chest portion had more time to darken in the sun light. I have been setting the drawer face only in the direct sunlight to hopefully darken the drawer to match the chest, currently it is a closer match than when these pictures were taken. The drawer sides and back are poplar.
I used a piano hinge for the top with toy box hinges to keep the lid from slamming shut. The chest corners are hand cut dovetails. The chest is finished with an oil based brushing lacquer (Old Masters). The water based amber dye stain (General Finishes) was sealed with shellac before applying the lacquer.
I finally created a logo that I have been wanting to put on my work. This is the first project with the logo and it is hand carved into the bottom of the chest.
A new project means a new tool, that is how I justify it. The new tool addition is the Veritas low angle jack plane. I used the toothed blade and a 50 degree bevel blade to flatten and smooth the curly maple top, which helped eliminate the tear out I was getting with the power tools. I used the 38 degree blade to flatten the cherry wood panels. Overall I am very happy with the plane.
Thanks for looking.