|Project by Twodeuce||posted 01-23-2014 07:52 PM||1236 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
My infant son is 8 weeks old and I got this done for him a week before he was born…whew! I wanted this to be a toy chest he could “grow” with for years. It can be used for a blanket chest as he gets older, hence the cedar lining on the panels and floor.
Dimensions are 48” wide, 22” high, 20” deep.
The carcass is Sapele. I just discovered this wood not long ago and I’m in love. It is just stunning when finished with Tung Oil. In this case, I used Formby’s High gloss Tung Oil.
The panels (I don’t have a shot of the back panel, but it is the same as the front) are redwood burl. The burl I used was only 6” wide, so I resawed them to give me a wider panel. For the most part the “stripes” lined up nicely.
The most labor intensive portion was the side panels. It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but is clear when you look at it in person, but they are conave on the exterior. For that technique I had several options, but ended up choosing a rounded top bit for my router in my router table. I then took what seemed like a million passes and each one I raised the bit by 1/32 of an inch. Until I hit the middle, which I then started to lower it again. A lot of sanding later and I really enjoyed how they came out!
2 Rockler 60lb lid torsion-stay hinges is the only hardware I used. Love these hinges – but boy howdy expensive!
The only thing I would do differently next time is to put the screws on my lid cleats wider apart, I noticed a fraction of a bow in the lid (not much, but I tend to be a perfectionist) after some time in the dry winter air of our house here in Kansas.