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JoeRPhilly

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04-08-2014 02:25 PM

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I am working on a blanket/toy chest out of french walnut for our living room. It will store our daughter’s toys for now and also provide an extra seat if needed. I have a couple of questions for the crowd

I took a little more thickness off the panel for the top than I should have, and now it is about 11/16” thick. I’d feel more comfortable with at least 3/4 if not 7/8. Do you think 11/16” is thick enough if people might be sitting on it?

The top/lid will be about 44”x19”

I don’t have enough french walnut to re-do it, but could use black walnut that should look OK with the french.

My second question is about breadboards for the top. Do you think breadboards are necessary? I was planning on putting some cleats on the bottom of the lid to add support. I suppose adding breadboards would be nice and add some insurance for the lid, but don’t necessarily want to do them if they’re not needed.

thanks!


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#1 posted 04-08-2014 02:36 PM

yes 11/16 will be fine. Bread board ends are not a have to, the cleats should help keep it flat .When using cleats you don’t want to glue them because it will create a problem because of wood movement possibly cracking the lid. When you apply the cleats just use screws but make sure the holes in the cleats are elongated or over size to allow for wood movement.

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#2 posted 04-08-2014 08:31 PM

Great, thank you Jim!

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#3 posted 04-08-2014 10:31 PM

I have made a few toy boxes and have always installed closers made of for toy boxes. Also find a way to allow plenty of air flow into the box after the lid is closed. Some children will go inside a toy box and fall asleep. I make the lids to just touch the box on the front corners with 2” x 40” total open space.

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#4 posted 04-08-2014 11:37 PM

........................Here is my latest.

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