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Forum topic by blackspring posted 12-21-2011 11:25 PM 1268 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-21-2011 11:25 PM

Hi –
I’m eyeing up some project ideas for my first ‘real’ project and have narrowed it down to a blanket chest. We need a toy box for our two girls and I figure this will be multi-purpose. When they grow out of toys, we’ll still have the box for blankets or keepsakes.

I haven’t found many plans (3 in total) online, but came across this one:

Hopefully links are okay here.

I’m wondering how most would approach this. Solid wood can get pricey and I’ve watched Norm Abram use oak plywood and then veneer the edges. For the link above, do you think this would work? Could the legs, for example be veneered using 1/8” oak ply? Would you still use the same joinery techniques and just veneer your visible edges etc?

Thanks for any info/advice. I’m trying to get my head around the ‘why, how and when’ to use veneers vs solid wood. I’m guessing cost is the most common determinant.

Also, if anyone has a Mission-style blanket box/toy box, I’d love to see it!


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#1 posted 12-22-2011 12:47 AM

I would use solid wood for that.

Norm usually use that veneer on bookcases and things like that.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 12-22-2011 12:54 AM

Thanks Gary.

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#3 posted 12-22-2011 02:38 AM

Check your local craiglist, you can find all kinds of hardwood on the cheap.

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#4 posted 12-22-2011 04:56 AM

Those joints would not work for plywood. You would need to use biscuits or just butt joints, glue, and nails or dowels. The legs would need to be solid wood for you to do a mortise and tenon. You could add a hardwood strip to any exposed edges for the box. It could be a fun project. Good luck.

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#5 posted 12-22-2011 07:24 AM

Oak plywood runs about 50 dollars a sheet, Oak lumber depending on the species, is about 2.29 a board foot. At least for me that is from my wholesaler, I love it that deal though, if I only need 20 board feet, I can get just 20 board feet, unfortunately though, he won’t deliver to canada. :/

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