An Office for the House -- Complete With Woodworking Projects #3: Toy Storage System

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Blog entry by RobH posted 08-16-2009 06:47 AM 7428 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey all,

Well, the shop got cleaned up today and I can now work out there. I will be starting tomorrow working on the feet of the table. I will keep posting on table progress as significant progress happens.

I have completed the drawings for another piece of furniture that is going in the room. This time, it is a storage unit for some of the kids’ toys. Since the toys are overtaking our small house, my wife wanted this to help out. We bought some plastic bins, and this is what I came up with. Well, here is what the unit looks like both with and without the bins in it:

The units are around 53” tall, 37” wide and 17” deep. I will be making them out of pine and finishing with water-based polyurethane. Hopefully this will be a fairly quick build.

Now, the only design I have left to do is a shaker-style cabinet (something like a jelly cupboard) to store my CDs, DVDs, backup drives, paper, and all of that messy looking stuff in.

Thanks for looking. I welcome any questions.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#1 posted 08-16-2009 06:57 AM

Just a suggestion but I would add a complete back for more strength

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#2 posted 08-16-2009 12:51 PM

Yes, I agree. I totally overlooked the strength of the full back. We were looking at pictures of similar system and we made a couple of modifications and came up with this. I never even thought to add the full back. It is an excellent idea. I am quite sure that it would not be long until my boys would have all the bins out and trying to climb the grooves in the sides like they were ladders.

I will have to go back and put the back in. Thanks for the reminder.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#3 posted 08-19-2009 04:04 AM

Would Plywood be stronger? I saw 3/4” Maple for $65.00 at Home Depot a few weeks ago.

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#4 posted 08-19-2009 12:41 PM


With all of the grooves, I do not want to use plywood. Plus, I need the practice on the jointer.


I considered your suggestion and the wife and I decided to do a solid back. It will be MDF and we will paint it some color, but it will be a solid back.

Thanks all for the comments.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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