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Forum topic by Jim Reeves posted 10-18-2011 04:41 PM 1391 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim Reeves

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10-18-2011 04:41 PM

Hi, been a while since l have posted mainly due to personal problems and my health.
After last year seeing how many here on LJ’s made such awesome christmas presents for friends and loved ones, l want to attempt this year myself to make a few gifts.

Two years l made a solid oak bookshelf for my daughter inlaw’s nephew.
He loved it he then was a bit over a year old, it touched me how he shows everyone. He displays his story books a few toys on it.

My daughter inlaw her sister wants to decorate his room around the soild oak shelf.
He asked his mom to ask me, if l would make him a matching toy box for christmas, he said santa clause won’t mind.

Now he has a brother 18 months old, so l need to make 2 toy boxes.
She wants it 3 ft long about 18 inches high not sure deepth likely 20-24 inches.

She wants seat to lift up with the back and sides to come above seat so he won’t fall off when he sits on it.
I have been looking on line for some plans, but haven’t found any yet.

So l thought l would go to the best source l know, my buddies at LJ’s.
If anyone has an idea’s or a web site where l can order plans be great.
I think best ton use 3/4 inch oak plywood not sure of hinges or lid support to use.

I look foreword to hearing from my buddies.
Thanks James

-- jim

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#1 posted 10-18-2011 05:10 PM

Hi Jim

Glad your feeling better. I think it might be helpful to do a search on LJs to see what others have built. Since you already have the measurements I don’t understand the need for plans. As far as the type of hings are concerned I would recommend the easy close type that make the lid close slowly .

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#2 posted 10-18-2011 05:41 PM

Make sure you have some ventilation holes in the toy box. We have gone through two store-bought toy boxes and both had them. I believe they had one on each end, about 2 inches in diameter, just in case a kid gets stuck in it. Or, in our case, our daughter got in and her little brother sat on the lid! We rescued her and she clobbered him, if I recall. Oh, the joys of parenthood. Oh yes, we’ll require pictures of the toy boxes when completed.

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#3 posted 10-18-2011 05:43 PM

Hey Jim, if you send me your email in a message, I can send you a couple of plans that may work. I believe both even use oak in their material list.

-- Matt -

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#4 posted 10-18-2011 07:04 PM

Hey Jim, Try this out.

I did not make this, but I will be making a set of bunk/twin beds on this design for two grand sons.

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#5 posted 10-18-2011 08:54 PM

Have you considered making one completed version of whatever you decide to make and make the others in an easy to assemble, easy to ship kit. Might add some fun!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#6 posted 11-08-2011 05:59 AM

Thanks everyone for your help and replies am greatful sent you my email matt thanks

-- jim

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#7 posted 11-09-2011 09:50 AM

Thanks Jack1, with your suggestion, yes l have for the past year been thinking about small business production plan. Going to start after christmas will have new table saw/router table by then as well as many more clamps etc at other house.
Run into structure problems ended up spending nearly $ 20,000 to replace about 70-80 ft of rim joist and sil plates and about 30 ft of exterror walls and another 25 ft of garage outside walls then $ 3,300.00 to remove all windows, doors plus 2 patio doors from bad work first installer installed improper so set me back in all just over $ 24,000 for work not in budget that includes all new siding could save siding removed to replace joice plates.

But anyway checking into best way and cost to box and ship things like shelves, dvd storage units coffee table sets and if would be worrth to do.
If not will continue to sell locally takes my mind of above mess lol.
Thanks again jack1

-- jim

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#8 posted 11-09-2011 06:40 PM

Hey Jim, sorry to hear about the expenses for your house. Hopefully you have more luck when building the toy boxes. Hope the plans I sent were helpful.

-- Matt -

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