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Forum topic by poroskywood posted 08-21-2009 11:09 PM 1481 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-21-2009 11:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question design chest toybox

Hey, I posted this project a few weeks ago. Toy Box Thanks for the positive feedback, but now lets get serious. This was my first attempt from conception to finish. Starting my second.
First, I like the wood combo too.
I made four symmetrical raised panels and glued and screwed them together, in the corners with my trusty Kreg Pocket hole jig.
I cut a groove in the bottom of the panels for the floor and had to miter a piece of molding around the bottom to cover up the rabbit groove on the ends.
I think the construction is solid but I also feel like I took a pretty easy path.
The curly walnut top is gorgeous but it seems out of place with the rest of the box. I like the interior elements. But the appearance of the chest seems a little off to look at.
I’ve been commissioned to build another. I would like to make it more appealing to the eye design wise.
For example maybe corner posts that would raise it off the floor. How would I attach the panels? Should I stay away from the raised panel and maybe just make some flat ones? I was thinking of doing the new one completely out of Curly Cherry and using some of the sapwood as a design element. I want to buy a 24” Akeda dovetail jig so bad for this project I could bite my face off. (know what I mean)
You can not hurt my feelings, (they are constantly being suppressed beer ;)

My Fellow Lumberjocks I ask you Refine this Design!

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#1 posted 08-21-2009 11:20 PM

One thing that strikes me with the original design is the narrowness of the plinth..the moulding strip around the base.. I feel it should be higher..wider..[not thicker]. Secondly I feel that for a toy box the timbers are a little grown up.. sophisticated. need to be more kid like. not sure how you will achieve this… maybe using one timber only and also maybe flat panels for the front and sides. Still in a frame of course.
Hope this confuses you LOL. Bite the bullet and get the 24 ” !! or not.

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#2 posted 08-21-2009 11:26 PM

The box looks great and is VERY attractive and will most likely be a usable heirloom for generations, but, you need one for each child… If this is going to be an heirloom you need to put your name and date on the bottom or someplace so the future generations will know that great great great great grand dad made it.

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#3 posted 08-21-2009 11:39 PM

Yes! Thanks Larry, That’s what I’m Looking for. Refine the design Lumberjocks.

Sharpie on the bottom under poly
“For my two boys Nick and Clark. May this Toy Box always be filled with Imagination! Love always, Dad – Summer 2009”

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#4 posted 08-23-2009 04:15 AM

Curly Cherry ay ? ,,,,be still , my heart !
Scottie , How about three flat panels across the front and two on the sides ? I like the corner posts idea of yours as well…. maybe lift it up a tad off the floor with a graceful arch between the legs and let the wood do all of the talking…..Remember it’s only a toy box , so K.I.S.S….Keep It Simple Scottie !
Can’t wait to see it no matter what you decide : )

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#5 posted 08-31-2009 04:37 AM

Scott, Your toy box is beautiful. The wood you picked was a killer. Curly Cherry would be Awesome! I did our Master bedroom in Curly Cherry with Birdseye Maple for a contrast. It was a terrific look, but I had a hard time finding strong Birdseye. Corner post would look good and lift it off the floor, or you could do a wider bottom rail with a slight arch and let the corner stiles extend a little past the bottom rail to create a leg. Same idea without the corner post. Note: for your bottom, you could do a stop daddo instead of running them out the ends and notch the corners of your bottoms…...or if you do the bottom the same as your first, your idea of corner post will hide your through daddo’s. Another idea….. don’t make the panels symmetrical. (two narrow panels with a wider one in the middle). If you want to overdo it, consider raised panel for the lid to match the front panels. Just some ideas to kick around.
I know whatever you do, it will be awesome. You do great work and can’t wait to see your next one.

-- John @

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#6 posted 08-31-2009 07:09 PM

Thanks Huff! Great ideas. I’m not sure as to how to go about the stop dadoo, any set up advice on the table saw or router table would be helpful. All though I’m not crazy about dropping the piece of wood down on the blade, do you raise the blade or bit up into the piece? That seems safer. I did’nt get much inital response to this post so the second box looks much like the first with a few tweaks and completely in Curly Cherry. With some more help and these great ideas along with no time constrant the Third box will be REFINED.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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