Toy/Blanket Chest

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Project by Will Stokes posted 168 days ago 1459 views 20 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a toy/blanket chest I recently completed for my son and daughter. Originally it was going to be for my son, but it took me so long to complete (over a year) that I now have a daughter and I’d like them to share it for organizing their toys. The chest is 100% real hard wood, no plywood or veneer were used. Aside from attaching the cleats that support the sliding dividers, all other joints were spline joints or breadboard ends. Unlike traditional breadboard ends, like those on the top, the sides are fixed at the top and move down. The bottom is attached to the ends with a long tongue and moves as well. It is actually cut undersize and the design on the bottom floats above it to cover up the small gap between the bottom and the sides. It was a little unnerving having so many joints that primarily depend on friction and dowels to hold them in place but they worked out and the chest feels very sturdy. I used three 60lbs/inch torsion hinges from Rockler for the lid which worked out perfectly. The lid can be left open in any position and will not fall down, yet is not that difficult to move. I’m very happy I took the time to add the removable dividers and organizers. Instead of being a dumping ground my son’s toys can be organized a bit and he loves sliding the organizers back and forth.

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#1 posted 168 days ago

This is a nice clean project, Will. You did a great job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 168 days ago

Very well done! The details on the inside bottom are a very nice touch. Now the trick will be keeping those toys organized over the long haul! ;) This is a great start!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#3 posted 168 days ago

Well done, very clean looking design. Nice work.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 168 days ago

Great looking chest. Very nice work.

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#5 posted 167 days ago

Really beautiful work. Classy looking.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#6 posted 167 days ago

A very fine job, looks great.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 167 days ago

Beautiful build, Will!

Love those no mortise hinges.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 167 days ago

Very nice work. I need to do something similar for my daughter. My living room is an absolute wreck.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - -

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#9 posted 167 days ago

Great looking chest. Great job maximizing the space. Kids always have the same view on toys as woodworkers have with clamps. NEVER ENOUGH!!

-- Vieth Custom Furniture,

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#10 posted 167 days ago

This looks fantastic, great job.

-- Bill, SW Florida

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#11 posted 167 days ago

Very nice work

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#12 posted 167 days ago

Very nice looking chest.

My wife is expecting one in her future.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#13 posted 167 days ago

Very nice toy chest. Destined to be a family heirloom, I’m sure.

-- Dave K.

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#14 posted 167 days ago

Beautiful chest, kids gonna love it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 167 days ago

Nice job on this. I’ve built a couple blanket chests now and I always enjoy them. I can’t bring myself to do anything but solid wood for them as well.

-- Red -- "There's nothin' in the world so sad as talking to a man, who never knew his life was his for making." Ray LaMontagne

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