|Project by Sunstealer73||posted 04-04-2014 03:07 AM||1617 views||3 times favorited||4 comments|
A friend has a son that is turning 1 next month. I decided to build them a new toy box. This is the first piece of furniture I have built in about 20 years. It is also the first time I have ever built something with almost no mechanical fasteners. There are some very small finishing nails holding the edge banding on the top. Everything else is M&T, rabbets, and dadoes. I got to try out my new Sawstop PCS and Delta mortising machine. They both worked great. I also really like the Jorgensen parallel clamps. The make it really easy to keep things squared up. Huge improvement over the pipe clamps I used in the past.
The frame is all solid red oak milled from rough lumber. The legs are face glued to get the size I wanted. The panels are all 1/4” oak plywood. The top and bottom are both 3/4” oak plywood. I ran into an issue with the color matching though. The solid and 1/4” plywood both matched well with the light finish I normally use. The 3/4” always appeared too brown in comparison though. I luckily made some test stains before doing the real pieces. I ended up going much darker with the stain in order to get everything to match. The outside is stained and topped with amber shellac. The top also has a few coats of polyurethane for extra protection. The inside is amber shellac only. If I did it again, I would probably glue up the top out of the same solid wood. I used the Rockler torsion hinges for soft closing. The hinges cost more than everything else combined I think!