Sam's toybox

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Project by Tim Dahn posted 09-30-2013 09:29 PM 1956 views 5 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our grandson Sam turns one year old this year so it was decided a toy box was in order. I built this in the Granny Mission style, admittedly a little over top for a toy box but i’m hoping it will be used as a small blanket or storage chest later on. Not exactly sure what kind of oak this is, it seems to be red oak but more white in color. It has been air drying for few years in the garage, so time to use it. Nasty stuff with tons of knots, worm holes and decay, I probably will end up burning as much as I use. I did get some quartersawn wood and tried to utilize it on the front and in the bookmatched panels.

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#1 posted 09-30-2013 10:36 PM

Looks like he’s enjoying it already, even if it doesn’t have any toys in it. That’s your next job- fill ‘er up! For safety’s sake cut a hole in the back, about three of four inches in diameter.

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#2 posted 09-30-2013 10:55 PM

Nice work. I’m sure Sam will get a lot of use out of it. It can take him all the way through college and beyond.
I made similar ones for all 7 of our grandkids.
I would suggest you add some hardware to prevent the lid from slamming down on his head or little fingers. There are several types to choose from.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 09-30-2013 11:21 PM

Very nice. I agree with knothead, my first thought when seeing the picture was I hope you’ve put some air holes in it.

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Tim Dahn

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#4 posted 09-30-2013 11:38 PM

Thanks for the comments. I used torsion hinges, the lid will stay at any position and there is a 1/8-1/4 inch gap when the lid is closed.

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#5 posted 09-30-2013 11:47 PM

Very nice toy box Tim…the wood is beautiful…great job.

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#6 posted 10-01-2013 12:03 AM

Great looking box, and one that has obviously been well received. Congratulations!

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#7 posted 10-01-2013 02:19 AM

Nice looking toybox for a nice looking grandson. Too bad his name isn’t Jack… the box, – of course. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#8 posted 10-01-2013 02:42 AM

Nice job. But I think you could rent it out to twins !

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#9 posted 10-01-2013 02:57 AM

Fantastic job. The chest will have many uses. A fort, a spaceship, who knows maybe someday he’ll add plane totes and a saw bin. Enjoy!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#10 posted 10-01-2013 03:25 AM

Really nice piece. You should put your grandson in all the pictures.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#11 posted 10-01-2013 03:35 AM

Great job. A toy box for my granddaughter is on my to-do list and I like your design.

-- Dave K.

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#12 posted 10-01-2013 04:54 AM


Great job on your book-matches and wood selection. And the grandson looks like a real keeper, too!

We know what you mean about the knots, worm holes and decay. It’s a long, tedious process for making firewood!


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#13 posted 10-01-2013 11:51 AM

super gift for a one year old.
Get ready to build a bed when the little one turns two!
Matching with a dresser…..

I have not seen those hinges, can you give me more details?

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#14 posted 10-01-2013 01:04 PM

that is one lucky grandson! great work, love to see little kids smiling, that made my day.

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#15 posted 10-01-2013 02:22 PM

I love the wood, and it sounds like you put a lot of thought into the lid as well. It definitely suggests usage as a fort for one side of the inevitable mock battles we all did as kids. Does it work as a place to sit, say to put on your shoes (as he gets older and taller)?

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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