Daughter's Toy Chest

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Project by Sanding2day posted 07-04-2013 06:59 AM 1508 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few weeks back my wife said something to the effect of, ” I wish there was a way we could brace up the toy box”. We have a toy box which daughter’s new found walking/climbing abilities was able to collapse…

I think too easy, will make a quick plywood box which can be placed within the box to keep it structurally sound… This 3/4” Maple A2 Ply, and Honduran Mahogany Chest measuring 33”L, 18”W, and 17”H was the final version….

After realizing I did not have adequate ply on hand I figured might as well go cabinet grade and make a nice Walnut frame to cover up exposed ply which has become a bit of a pet peeve of mine depending on the project.

Luckily I hit the kiln dry just at closing and the Walnut was buried, but low and behold a 4/4, 15”, 12’ Honduran Mahogany board… Surely be able to find a use for any that is not used :P

So now with $260 invested into the materials the project begins… I really enjoy making the larger items so this was a great project for me… I wanted to make the box as safe as possible so all edges have been rounded, and a half inch gap is left around the entire top making it nearly impossible to smash one’s fingers.

The Mahogany is slotted onto the Maple Ply making a nice cover which eliminated the appearance of this gap working well I think. The base was also mortised into each leg and a 1/4” Mahogany board placed around the edges.

In order to increase the boxes appeal a bit And because I failed to leave 34” lengths of Mahogany Maple was added to the long runners, lid, and the short runners received a Maple block providing the illusion of a through tenon and adding to the contrasting woods. Finally my daughter’s name “Sabrina” was added to the front of the box…

All in all I couldn’t be happier… Had a great time considering design options, continually evolved, first time working with Mahogany and I wasn’t let down… Came out looking wonderful with just clear poly, learned several new things all obvious now of course Now have an incredibly solid chest completing Sabrina’s living room baby jail…

Thanks for looking…

-- Dan

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#1 posted 07-04-2013 07:58 AM

Great looking toy box. I like the different types of woods you used

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 07-04-2013 11:03 AM

Nicely done. I also like the contrasting wood. How much does your wife THINK you spent on it??

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#3 posted 07-04-2013 12:43 PM

great build,nice work.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 07-04-2013 03:59 PM

Thanks Larry, Sandra, WB… Wife Brandy is aware of the cost, couldn’t resist telling her how I had been naughty on the way home from work... Still have about 1/3 sheet of ply and 3-4 fbm plus a number of cut offs of the Mahogany… Will see what I can do about that with the next project :)

-- Dan

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#5 posted 07-04-2013 10:30 PM

Very nice toy box…great job.

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

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#6 posted 07-08-2013 02:42 PM

Beautiful and well crafted toy box that I’m sure she’ll treasure forever. Great job!

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#7 posted 07-08-2013 03:14 PM

This is a nice project. Well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 07-09-2013 02:30 PM

Thanks Dave, Fishinbo, Charles…. Seems to be working nicely and am proud to report that to date we haven’t had any falling into it, and the glued name remains even while being used as a handle to pull herself up on :)

-- Dan

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