Toy Box / Hope Chest

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Project by NJ_Joe posted 11-06-2008 03:32 PM 6929 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a neice who was born two years ago. For her first birthday, I wanted to make her something special that would be a nice keepsake. After looking at several plans and magazines, I decided to be ambitious and try my hand at a nice toy box that she could use as she got older as a hope chest. This is the final product and it turned out okay.

It is constructed from some furniture grade pine from the local home center, and is finished with ‘Ipswich Pine’ stain, and three or four coats of polyurethane. The design came from a plan in WOOD magazine.

I really enjoyed this project and hope to make some more chests in the future.


-- -- Joe --

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#1 posted 11-06-2008 03:47 PM

Really nice! I’m sure she will get many years of enjoyment from it.

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

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#2 posted 11-06-2008 04:13 PM

The finish on the pine is outstanding!

As Charlie said, many years of enjoyment!

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#3 posted 11-06-2008 05:16 PM

Very nice!!!!

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#4 posted 11-06-2008 06:23 PM

Beautiful looking chest.

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#5 posted 11-06-2008 06:59 PM

I love it, great work, do you happen to have the issue #?

This would be perfect for my 18 month old son :-)

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#6 posted 11-06-2008 07:02 PM

Yes very nice and strong, a long-lasting gift.

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#7 posted 11-06-2008 08:52 PM

nice chest well done this is similar to one I made for my son regards Alistair

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#8 posted 11-06-2008 11:03 PM

Very nice looking chest. The Pine finished out great. Looks like one your niece might pass on also.

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#9 posted 11-07-2008 12:21 AM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#10 posted 11-07-2008 01:41 PM

Mark D.,
Good question. I dusted off my old issues and found that it is WOOD magazine, Issue #175 from March 2007. The plan calls out for a cedar lining so it can be used as a blanket chest. I had decided to forgo the cedar when I made it.



-- -- Joe --

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#11 posted 11-08-2008 02:52 AM

Great job Joe. Excellent result for first attempt.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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