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01-07-2012 09:01 PM

Been lurking for a couple of weeks, decided to jump right in, great site wish I have found sooner. Just started in wood working, been tinkering for a while but not much of anything, I was asked by my son to build a toy Chest (box) for my granddaughter so looking at some great ideas.

Lots of ideas on this site from projects that have been built, but would anyone be willing to help a rookie with a plan to get things started. Until I get use to designing and learning more it would be helpful with a plan to go by or sketch to go off of. Looking for anything that can help I am sitting here at my desk drawing, and re-drawing. I have a table saw, dado blades, router, mitre saw etc.

Looking at being around 41” long and 21” wide and at least 20” h he said a little bigger is OK if needed.

Thanks for everyones help – Ron

-- Ron - Indiana

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#1 posted 01-07-2012 10:57 PM

Ron, I’m a build-from-my-head kinda guy myself, but I’m typing a response to kick your post back up to the top of the list. I’m sure someone will have some help for you.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 01-07-2012 11:04 PM

Hey Ron on the top of this page on your right do a search for toy box and you will find some that made some.
Then PM a few for help.

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#3 posted 01-07-2012 11:15 PM

I’m another build-from-my-head kinda of guy. I have no plans to offer.

However, if I were a beginner doing my first project with the tools you have, I would probably do the following -

- Use all plywood or MDF (3/4”)
- do rabbet joints at each with glue
- strengthen each rabbet joints with dowels (3/8”)
- add a top and bottom with a rabbet joint and secure it with glue and brads or finishing nails
- initially make it as a solid box with no separate lid
- Use your table saw with a fence and cut on all 4 sides to separate the top from the bottom
- Finish as you see fit (unless you are using upscale plywood, I would recommend painting it.
- Add hinges and latches or locks as you see fit

Note 1 – Basic (beech) plywood would work. You can upgrade the look with an oak or other type plywood.
Note 2 – This design does not provide for any legs, but you could add some pre-made legs.
Note 3 – This thing will be heavy

Send my a PM if you have any questions.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 01-07-2012 11:24 PM

I built these to double as either a blanket chest or a toy box. It might help. The hinges and lid supports (adding them just in case the girls use them for toy boxes) should be here in a couple of days, then they will be complete.

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#5 posted 01-08-2012 12:41 PM

Thanks – I have been looking and I am designing today from a few that I saw.

-- Ron - Indiana

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#6 posted 01-08-2012 10:42 PM

Have you considered buying a plan? I know that Rockler has toy box plans that get pretty good reviews. They also supply some nice hardware, so no fingers get pinched, if you are planning to use a lid. Good luck.

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#7 posted 01-09-2012 12:39 PM

Sat down this week-in and designed what I believe will be a good plan from what I looked at all over. Will use popular or pine since he is going to paint it with rabbet joints and make it my own with other additions. I will keep everyone informed plus I found out the wife just informed me that come this spring a gazebo is going up plus maybe adding a room to the back porch. WOW this stuff I can do.

-- Ron - Indiana

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#8 posted 01-09-2012 01:01 PM

Ron- Sounds like you are on your way. Congrats!

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#9 posted 01-09-2012 01:11 PM

If you use the world’s most popular search engine (can’t bear to speak the name – when did it become a verb?), and search for, for example…
“toy chest” plan
you’ll get some good results, for example this one
This question also had some useful info/links

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#10 posted 01-13-2012 02:40 AM

Good luck Ron and welcome to the gang … look forward to seein what ya come up with.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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