Woodworker's Toy Box

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Project by BigDaddyOf5 posted 02-06-2015 11:31 PM 1712 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About a month ago I began working on a tool chest based on the ones described in “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” and “The Practical Woodworker” (mostly the later). As I began working on the saw till and chisel racks for the inside, I came to the realization that there was no way I could afford to lose that much floor space in my small shop. As it was I had to move my bench and some other appliances just to make space to work on the monstrous box. As I sat there depressed and disgusted with myself for not thinking of this ahead of time, I looked for ways to salvage my work. So what started out as a toy box for myself, soon became a toy box for my daughters. There’s probably not too many toy boxes out there with sliding trays. I decided to do this any way considering I already had the oak set aside to do this for the original plan. The chest is built of Eastern White Pine, grown, harvested, milled and sold in our great state of Maine. The inside is line with aromatic cedar (sorry, no clue where they got that from). The runners for the tray are of red oak, the tray sides of pine with bottom built of Luaun plywood. The chest is painted with Old Village Tea Caddy Green paint. I was concerned about what the girls would think of the color. That was done prior to the whole toy box conversion. Thankfully, they all like it and turns out they have a healthy appreciation for “traditional old antiques”, as they put it.

I think the plan now is for a wall hung tool cabinet. I think with a little rearrangement in the shop I can open up enough space to make something work.

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#1 posted 02-07-2015 03:20 AM

Lego storage box! That’s the best!


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#2 posted 02-07-2015 01:52 PM

By the way, for those concerned about safety: I have some soft closing hinges on order from Rockler. Should have those delivered and installed by the end of the week.

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#3 posted 02-07-2015 06:04 PM

Great use of the toolbox and well done. Just make sure you stock it with the antique legos, you know, from like when you were a kid.

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#4 posted 04-10-2016 07:48 PM

First, your daughter is a cutie pie!
Excellent idea and recovery.
I might have to borrow this idea for my grand daughter.
Another nice project.

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#5 posted 04-10-2016 08:55 PM

What are you using for lid support so it doesn’t slam down on little fingers?


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#6 posted 04-11-2016 12:08 AM

I had purchased some lid supports from Rockler but they quickly failed. Thankfully, due to some swelling of the pine, the lid slamming has not been an issue at all. There is a rim on the top edge of the chest that the outer rim of the lid closes over. The rim of the chest swelled causing the lid to close very tightly over the rim. No slamming. When you drop the lid, it only closes about half way before needing to push the lid closed the rest of the way. Not saying this is how everyone’s chest will work, but it seemed to work out well for us on this one.

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