Toy Box

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Project by Tom Regnier posted 03-01-2015 12:33 AM 1451 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this toy box for friends who are having a baby girl later this month. He does a little woodworking himself and was kind enough to give me an extra band saw he acquired, so I used it to make some of the curved cuts and surprised them today with the gift.
Nothing too difficult with the construction, I used 3/4” maple throughout and made a slight taper on the ends. This was a great excuse to build that tapering jig I’ve wanted for some time now. I went with the button head wood plugs to give the whole thing a fun look along with the colorful seat fabric. Although, it was a little strange to build something without any real joinery…I debated a few other ideas but screws and button head plugs just seemed right for the project. This was my first attempt at upholstering and after doing a little research it went pretty well….foam, batting and fabric for a comfortable seat. I decided to use the torsion hinges from Rockler despite the steep price ($50)...but you get what you pay for and they work really well. I sprayed a few coats of Trans Tint dye and then sprayed 4 coats of GF semi gloss….great stuff!
I hope she gets a lot of use out of it….thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 03-01-2015 03:53 AM

Tom, I like your design. It is neat, uncluttered, and has everything you need. It has toe room, handles, a top-lift area, safe hinges to prevent injuries, and it is colorful. The joinery is practical and utilitarian. The angled ends adds a nice visual touch.

Congratulations on another fine furniture design and a well done project. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 03-01-2015 04:45 AM

Looks great the hinges will save many a finger pinch

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 03-01-2015 12:21 PM

I like it, I like it. They will use it for many years I’m sure.

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#4 posted 03-01-2015 01:25 PM

Very nice. I agree with you on the torsion hinges. They are steep, but, for little fingers, I think they’re a good idea. I’ve never heard of them failing.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 05-07-2015 02:46 AM

Tom, somehow I missed this. Great job. Particularly like the upholstery. She’ll have this for many years and maybe pass it on to her kids.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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