Toy Chest

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Project by Blair Helgason posted 01-20-2009 04:00 AM 3090 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This toy chest, made from red oak plywood, was a present for my nephew’s first Christmas. I started with a full sheet or 3/4 oak ply, dadoed the front and back panels and decided to try a sort of “cheater” through mortise and tenon joint (first pic). This proved to be difficult due to the splintery nature of the plywood. I ended up getting a pretty tight joint with almost no nails, which was what I wanted. I then capped the exposed plywood tenons with solid oak and used banding for the top edge and sides of the lid. For the corners (second pic), I decided to use solid oak instead of edge banding because I had a little more control and could make it look a little cleaner. For the finish i used Miniwax walnut stain and 2 coats of low luster poly. Three would have be much better but I ran out of time. The hinges are simple butt hinges and I’ve added a soft-down flap stay for safety.

There are definitely a few things I would do differently next time but I’m still pretty happy with it. No complaints from my nephew… so far.

-- Blair

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#1 posted 01-20-2009 04:53 AM

Great and useful gift. I am with you on the ‘no nails’ attitude, always a challenge. Thanks for thinking about little fingers and screams of pain, safety is always first priority.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#2 posted 01-20-2009 07:48 AM

Not just toys…it could last a lifetime…put some handles and a lock on when he’s ready for college. Nice chest.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#3 posted 01-20-2009 08:31 AM

Very nice chest. Great work Blair!

The best thing of a woodworker is, he/she digs creativity to solve problem he/she created and applies it wisely.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 01-20-2009 09:26 AM

Looks great

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#5 posted 02-16-2009 04:51 AM

Just added to my favorites. Very nice and with two boys at home a necessary addition. Thanks.

-- Just 'cause a cat has kittens in the oven, it don't make 'em biscuits.

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#6 posted 02-23-2009 07:03 AM

Great toy box. Thanks for posting.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#7 posted 03-07-2009 06:00 AM

really nice chest thanks for the idea.

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