|Project by Will Stokes||posted 02-13-2014 02:43 PM||2621 views||20 times favorited||17 comments|
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.