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Project by Sunstealer73 posted 140 days ago 760 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!





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Paul Maurer

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#1 posted 140 days ago

Watch, toy chests (with a kid’s imagination) become toys themselves.
It is a nice gift, it has heirloom potential.

-- Psalm 62: 11 Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God, 12 and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord. For you repay to all according to their work

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Sunstealer73

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#2 posted 139 days ago

I’ve been reading back issues of Fine Woodworking and looking at projects on here. I know I need to do a better job of grain matching on my next projects. I’ve always been lacking in that area.

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#3 posted 139 days ago

Nice job. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#4 posted 135 days ago

Looks great and well made. Like the beautiful wood and finish. I’m sure it will be a cherished piece for your friend to his son. Great job!

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