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Forum topic by Redford1947 posted 11-19-2010 11:27 PM 1143 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-19-2010 11:27 PM

I would like to build a toy chest for my grandaughter for Xmas. Does anyone have plans or suggestions for such a projcect? Would like to use a good wood veneer that would stain well.

Appreciate any ideas.


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#1 posted 11-20-2010 05:48 PM

Although little girls are often “easier” on furniture than little boys, I’d suggest solid wood rather than veneer, nonetheless. Also, I’d recommend paying attention to the hardware – particularly some sort of dampening mechanism for the lid to avoid pinched pinkies.

You might also consider a (child-safe) painted surface, rather than stained, with some “girlie” decoration. Kids have different tastes than adults.

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#2 posted 11-21-2010 11:11 AM

Hi there Dan, I posted a Toy box in My projects that I designed and constructed out of solid hard wood. Really enjoyed the build and experience of solid wood construction and dovetail joints and raised panel construction for the lid. I built this box for a young girl as well and made it with the intentions of it becoming something she can use later in life as she gets older (hope chest ? ) If You take a look at it and have any interest in its design, I will be happy to shoot You a PM with info of the details ! Wish You luck in Your quest and welcome to L J’s. ROB

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#3 posted 12-26-2010 08:29 PM

I built a toy box for my 15 month old grandaughter. Came out a little rough and plan to redo it. For one thing, I used plywood. For the redo I am thinking of having a local mill shop plane and join 1/10’s that I can join with biscuits. I then could cut to size the necessary pieces. Any thoughts on this? My first attempt using a biscuit joiner was a little amaturish but think I got the hang of it.

The main reason for writing is she finds it hard to get up to a bench seat I made. Anyone have an idea or suggestion on how I can add a foot step like on large SUV’s? Together with grab bars on the upper section she would be able to pull herself up.

I would also like to add casters but would like to have them hidden in some manner. Any ideas?

Appreciate the assists.



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