Toy Chest

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Project by Natedog posted 06-09-2013 11:11 PM 2987 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 06-10-2013 12:43 AM

Very very nice box…joinery looks great and the curly maple top is beautiful…excellent work and the drawere in the bottom is a cool addition.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#2 posted 06-10-2013 02:05 AM

Very nice chest! The finger joints on this chest look every bit as nice as any dovetails I have seen. I have done neither to date, but seeing this may sway me toward finger joints for my first foray into this type of joinery. Well done!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 06-13-2013 03:49 PM

Fantastic box! Great wood choices, design and joinery. I am sure the new owners loves it. Well done!

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