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Project by L posted 05-10-2007 12:26 PM 6915 views 7 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As promised, I have installed a child saftey lock. We keep the key to the padlock on an adult-high shelf nearby. I thank all those who warned me about this hazard.

As a little thank you, I now share two projects that have been well worth the time for making the kitchen a little more efficient, since so much time is truly spent there.
Peace,
LJ





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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 05-10-2007 12:32 PM

tell me more about the double-layering. I currently am using a rubbermaid container but would love to have a storage unit such as this.
Gosh, it’s beautiful. What a lovely addition to the outdoor environment.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribele, Young Living Wellness )

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L

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#2 posted 05-10-2007 12:42 PM

The unit is framed and then covered by 1×6 cedar. The lid construction is made a little oversized and then final cut to exact size. I started with two separate layers of these 1×6 glue edge-butted. When dried, I layed and glued one over the other with the edge-butt joints of the top layer over the soild cedar pieces of the lower layer so that the edge-butt joints did not exactly line up. That is good enough to keep 99.9% of rain out.

Peace,
LJ

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MsDebbieP

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#3 posted 05-10-2007 01:55 PM

excellent.
Thanks!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribele, Young Living Wellness )

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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 05-10-2007 03:31 PM

Nice idea. Consider it stolen. :-)

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

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PanamaJack

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#5 posted 05-10-2007 04:25 PM

Is there no copyright here Charlie?? Think I’ll steel it too! Thanks for a great idea LPJ!

Looks heavy enough so the neighbors won’t take it. (Sorry I’m still reeling from a theft of furniture off my back porch two weekends ago!) It was old, it needed replacement anyway…..

By the way it is a great looking piece of outdoor furniture LJ. Nice work, great construction idea (double layer) and wonderful designing job.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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jockmike2

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#6 posted 05-10-2007 06:14 PM

Very nice looking cedar chest. Looks like it could be a blanket chest pretty easily. Mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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oscorner

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#7 posted 05-10-2007 09:15 PM

Excellent looking chest. Just one thing…did you remember to put a lock on it? Chlorine and other chemicals are dangerous if they end up in a childs hands. Think about it, please! ;^)

-- Jesus is Lord!

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L

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#8 posted 05-10-2007 09:46 PM

Greetings,

AMEN! They are dangerous as is the pool itself. I have the entire yard fenced, but no locks, I have the pool area fenced/gated, but no lock, so I did not bother with a lock on the chest. Not because I do not care nor careless. We have no children. If a child wanders alone into the pool area, being able to lift the heavy lid, hold it and reach into the chest to pull out some chemicals is less likely to occur than falling into the water.

Believe me when I say I considered a hasp and a lock but I considered the above scenario and decided not to do so.

Peace,
LJ

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Don

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#9 posted 05-11-2007 03:55 AM

LPJ, sorry, Mate, but I don’t understand your logic. Perhaps the rest of my LumberJock Buddies are more polite than I.

Quote: ”I have the entire yard fenced, but no locks, I have the pool area fenced/gated, but no lock, so I did not bother with a lock on the chest.”

I would have understood had you said you had the entire yard fenced and locked. But unlock? What kind of prevention is this?

Do you realize just how quickly a toddler or child can find a way into a yard, fall into a pool and drown – just seconds.

And while I’m on your case, how well is your yard actually fenced? Most experts agree that a pool fence needs to be a minimum of six feet high at all points. At no point should anything be leaned or stored up against the fence. This makes it easier to climb the fence. The fence railings should not be on the outside of the fence and the palings should run vertically.

If you have guests over to your house with children, does access to your yard through a house egress point gain them unhindered access to the pool? If your answer is yes, have you got child proof locks on these access points?

Buddy, do yourself a favor and do the right thing. Install a childproof pool fence with childproof locks. Then you can might as well install a good lock on that lovely storage box.

Yes, you are right, this is none of my business, but I can’t imagine anything more tragic than a child drowning in a pool designed to bring us pleasure – not horror.

Thanks for reading this.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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PanamaJack

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#10 posted 05-11-2007 06:42 AM

I tend to agree with Don and oscorner! Please think safety for your neighbor’s children.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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L

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#11 posted 05-11-2007 07:08 AM

Greetings,

I’ll have my yard entrances taken care of with locks and have pics posted sometime next week…. going home to NYC to see my mom this weekend.

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MsDebbieP

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#12 posted 05-11-2007 12:57 PM

you just never know, do you…. the most bizarre situations happen and the results can be tragic.

Reminders of these possibilities are always good to hear.

Rick and I are putting up our pool this weekend and we are installing a fence. (the pool is one of the plastic jobs that you can’t climb into or the walls collapse) but the fence goes up this year. You just never know.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribele, Young Living Wellness )

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oscorner

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#13 posted 05-12-2007 02:48 AM

Thanks, LPJ! I had a very close friend who was also a volunteer firefighter that left a party where there was a pool. On the way from the party he received an emergency call about a drowing. It was where he had just left. It was his daughter! There were people everywhere at this party, but no one saw her fall in. Thank God she survived and after having to learn how to walk, feed herself and talk again she is o.k. You won’t regret the added precautions and you may still want to entertain a lock on those chemicals. There was a case years ago where someone was stealing chlorine at local water site to make drugs. Thanks again, LPJ for heading our concerns.

MsDebbie, remember it only takes 2” of water to drown in, so I’m glad that this has sparked the need for a fence to be built.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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L

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#14 posted 05-12-2007 03:06 AM

Since I’ll be going out for some locks for the gates, a hasp and another lock is a done deal.

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oscorner

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#15 posted 05-12-2007 04:21 AM

Great! God bless you!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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