Decorating a toybox

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Forum topic by Andrew posted 01-09-2012 03:45 PM 2048 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-09-2012 03:45 PM

I plan to start work soon on a toybox for my friends’ son. I want to decorate it with “boy” things like a football.

I am trying to figure out a way to make a simple football out of wood that I can glue to the side of the box. I thought it would be cool if I made the ball out of walnut and the “laces” or “stripes” out of maple, cut either with a jigsaw or coping saw.. If I glue the laces on and make them about 1/8” thick, I am worried they will chip off.

Inlay seems like a better method, but it is WAY beyond my skill level to do that.

This is the type of image i’d like to create out of different color woods:

Any thoughts for a novice like me?

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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#1 posted 01-09-2012 04:35 PM

What are you going to make the rest of the toy box out of? You want the decoration to be at the same level as the rest of the project. For instance if the construction is painted MDF, then a solid walnut and maple football would be out of place. On the other hand if the construction is pine, then you could make a pine football and carve the laces and stripes and then differentially stain it then apply it to the box. If the whole box is fine figured hardwood with dovetails then a higher level of decoration is in order such as inlay. What I’m saying is your question is hard to answer w/o knowing more about the overall construction of the project.

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#2 posted 01-09-2012 04:38 PM

It’s gonna be a painted plywood box, probably blue. It will be designed after CDavy’s box, see below.

Maybe painted mdf or wood is better for the decorations? Either way, if the laces are 3-d, i am worried about them chipping off, especially if they are mdf. Maybe painted hardwood to match the look of the box, but give it some strength?

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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#3 posted 01-10-2012 01:08 AM

consider Decopage… is simple to do and you can print your own images or lettering. Kinda’ like this decopage on a childs coin bank I did years ago.

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#4 posted 01-10-2012 01:10 AM

How do you do that?!

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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