Toy chest for my son...with a secret.

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Project by Eric_S posted 05-04-2015 02:23 PM 2259 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been slowly working on two blanket chests since sometime in the Fall 2014.

The idea was one was going to be for a blanket chest for the master bedroom and the other would be given to my son at his two year birthday( May 13). This is my own design, and I wanted it to be something that wasn’t too childish so that he can hopefully grow up with it. His is the one with the rampant lion, my fraternity’s mascot and symbol. My wife’s sorority also uses a lion and he has stuffed animal lions so we felt it was appropriate for him to have one on his chest. This was my first time doing a real scrollsaw project. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to future scrollsaw projects.

For the hinges I used Rockler’s Lid-Stay torsion hinges. Pricey but well worth it. I also added a cutout in the back for air in case my two year old decides to hide in there. There is a history of it in the family and my brother in-law as a kid fell asleep in one for hours and the cops were called thinking he was missing.

I did a blog on the secret compartment as well you can check out here,

The project is made of cherry and maple plywood. I used 3 coats Arm-R-Seal satin oil/poly finish and some paste wax to finish it off. I really enjoyed this project but designing the secret compartment added a great deal of time to it.


-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#1 posted 05-04-2015 04:27 PM

Beautifully done, like the secret compartment you added. Always a good idea to include cutout for air.
If you would like some free ideas/patterns for future scroll saw projects check out this site. I’ve copied some of his patterns to a flash drive for my future projects.

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#2 posted 05-04-2015 05:47 PM

Thanks Mike, I’ll have to check that link out.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#3 posted 05-04-2015 09:16 PM

Very nice! He will love it!

You going to put a few treasures (and a newspaper) in there and not tell him about it till he’s about 10?

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#4 posted 05-04-2015 10:22 PM

Thanks Joe. We plan on putting pics of us and some other things and have it as a time capsule that he’ll learn about and get the key for when he’s 13. Sorry I mentioned it in my blog but not in the project posting.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#5 posted 05-05-2015 01:27 AM

Beautiful Job!

Great choice on those hinges, too.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 05-05-2015 12:09 PM

Luv it. Nice build.

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

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#7 posted 05-05-2015 12:28 PM

Thank you Lew and Roger. Lew, those hinges are incredible and I don’t have to worry about it closing on Owen. I just wish they were MUCH cheaper. I looked at other hinge styles too but liked these the most. I also was afraid that side mounted hinges might interfere with the secret panel when lifted.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#8 posted 05-05-2015 12:30 PM

This is a very nice peace and I love the lion.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 05-06-2015 02:24 AM

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