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07-13-2016 03:17 PM

I’m building my son a toy box and I’m hoping for some guidance. I’m planning to use a dado blade to cut a channel on all four sides and “float” the bottom. I’m using red oak for the rest of the build but not sure what to use for the bottom. I suppose I really have 3 options.

1. I probably have enough scrap to glue up a bottom out of oak

This option is certainly the most work and I presume it would have the most movement, but it would look lovely

2. I can buy a 2’ by 4’ section of 3/4” birch ply from my local big box store

This is a cost effective option and very quick, but would disrupt the look and I don’t know if I trust ply/wood from from the big box store (anyone with experience here?)

3. I can buy a full sheet of higher quality red oak 3/4” ply from the mill I’ve gotten the oak from

The most expensive option and I’d have a ton of left over with minimal storage space, but it’s easy and maintains the look

So I guess the question is – what would you do?


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#1 posted 07-13-2016 04:14 PM

I’d go with plywood- it’s going to be covered with toys, so you won’t see it much, anyway! You could stain it to more or less match the oak. I think 3/4” would be way overkill- you’re not building a floor- 1/2” should be plenty strong. Sorry, I don’t have any experience with the big box birch ply, but my guess is that 1/2” Baltic birch ply would be as strong, and not as heavy.

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#2 posted 07-13-2016 04:16 PM

1/2” ply of any kind would work fine. 3/4” is overkill. Plywood from the box stores is fine the main problem with is is voids that show on the edges. Birch ply will have fewer voids than the construction grades.

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#3 posted 07-14-2016 12:56 PM

Thanks gentlemen – I was kind of hoping that would be the consensus

I just realized I didn’t give dimensions but my project isn’t huge. It’s going to be roughly 3’x2’. Still stick with 1/2 ply?

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#4 posted 07-14-2016 03:33 PM

yep. if you’re really concerned, you can make the dado high enough from the bottom edge- say 3/4”- that you can always glue some battens on the under side of the bottom. I don’t think it will be necessary, though.

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#5 posted 07-14-2016 03:38 PM

I know 1/2” would be fine ….. but if your worry about it …....... just hot glue a 4×4 in the center…... length TBD

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#6 posted 07-16-2016 05:04 AM

Or maybe mill tongue and groove edges on your boards, and install them loose in the rabbets at ends and sides. Being loose means no worries about shrinking and swelling.

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#7 posted 07-16-2016 07:38 AM

I’d say 1/2” is good to so even if the little one climbs in with all the toys the bottom won’t drop out. I would be concerned with loose panels pinching little fingers or legs as they shift around inside the rocket ship/cave/toybox

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#8 posted 07-16-2016 01:52 PM

If I go ply I could cut any panels pretty snug b/c the expansion wouldn’t be as bad, right? Alternatively, I’m thinking of putting something in the groove to prevent shifting (eg. weatherstripping)

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#9 posted 07-16-2016 02:23 PM

I’ve used a small dab of silicon caulk in dados and picture frames to reduce shifting and movement. Might be an option for you.

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#10 posted 07-16-2016 03:11 PM



If I go ply I could cut any panels pretty snug b/c the expansion wouldn t be as bad, right? Alternatively, I m thinking of putting something in the groove to prevent shifting (eg. weatherstripping)

- avsmusic1

that is correct plywood is a lot more stable then hardwood …...1/2 inch would be plenty strong enough


I ve used a small dab of silicon caulk in dados and picture frames to reduce shifting and movement. Might be an option for you.

- BurlyBob

and also do this with caulk about an inch bead on all 4 sides ….. just make sure it is silicon

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#11 posted 07-16-2016 10:07 PM

Thanks again guys!

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