QSWO Toy Box

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Project by BinghamtonEd posted 06-22-2015 12:37 PM 1663 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This toy box was made as a gift for my mother-in-law. It took a lot longer than it should have, it got sidelined for 5 or 6 other projects along the way, but I finally wrapped it up, and she was very happy with it.

The box is made of QSWO, with bookmatched panels on all four sides. The dividers between the panels have a stub tenon to fit in the groove. The ends fit into the legs with a haunched tenon on the top and bottom rails, and a tongue & groove along the vertical piece. The bottom of the box is a solid panel that floats in grooves along the front & back, along with a small cleat underneath on each side with a single screw. The hinges are the torsion hinges from Rockler, I really like them as the lid will stay in whatever position you put it above 30 or so degrees, and below that will close softly (I epoxied in small rubber bumpers near the front, as well). I am 235lbs and I tested this by using it as a bench, I figured since I am the biggest person in the family, it should stand up to the abuse.

I made several test pieces with various finishes, dyed, gel stained, both, topcoat only. My wife made the executive decision and picked the Arm-R-Seal only finish, I wiped on 4 coats, and buffed it out with paste wax and steel wool at the end. I am pleased with it, it shows the wood off well, and the rays still show, and change depending on which direction you view it from.

I also put my personalized brand on the underside of the lid. I figured if this box outlasts me, it should have my name on it.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#1 posted 06-22-2015 12:41 PM

It’s a very nice practical box.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 06-22-2015 12:44 PM

Very nice. I love QSWO!

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#3 posted 06-22-2015 02:31 PM

Nice work ED this should last many many years and looks beautiful .
I like the fact that you used torsion hinges which is a great safety feature !


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#4 posted 06-22-2015 09:51 PM

Looks great, Ed.

-- Art

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#5 posted 06-23-2015 01:31 AM

Very nice. Now you have to make another for your house.

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#6 posted 06-23-2015 12:48 PM

Thanks for the kind comments, guys. After this one taking almost a year and a half (got sidelined too many times) and having to look at it semi-completed for so long, I have no desire right now to make another! When it was finally done, I told my wife I just wanted to drive by her parents’ house, slow down, and chuck it out the window onto their lawn.

I will also admit that working on this at 11PM after working all day, and then the evening with the kids, was a bad idea. I glued it up with the legs rotated 90deg, so the thin side was not facing the front. Looked weird and the top and bottom didn’t fit. I think I set a new record for most curse words uttered in my shop. This added about 10 hours to the project, I used a heat gun to disassemble all of the leg joints, and to get them hot enough left some darkened areas on the surface, so then I had to hand-plane all of them out and refit the joints. Lesson learned.

Besides, my wife e-mailed me from work (she’s a teacher) yesterday and says “Need a table. 72 inches long. 22 inches deep. 36 inches high. With a shelf. By August.” So, last night I grabbed my 45 remaining board feet of ash and stacked it up on the bench. I also sent her back to work today with a tape measure and told her to measure the space at least 3 more times.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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