Toy Box for my niece!

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Project by Beautifulsunshine87 posted 07-02-2015 03:20 PM 1234 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My niece’s third birthday just came along and she needed a nice solid place to store all her toys! I personalized it with her name on the front and a piano hinge lid in the back. Most of the body is made with pine barn boards (some tongue and groove, sides were plain 10” wide pine). Lots of wood glue and pocket holes to keep the whole thing together. I had a hard time positioning the hinge so that it opened properly so there are numerous small patched holes along the back but otherwise, I’m fairly happy with how it turned out.

For those who are interested, my niece’s reaction was real surprise and she screamed “Oh my gosh!” Before proceeding to fill the whole thing with all her toys! That reaction made the 60+ hours of work worth it in my eyes!

Let me know what you think of it!


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#1 posted 07-02-2015 06:08 PM

It looks nice.
No finish? You can bet it will get marked up or stained or both.

I don’t see any lid protectors to keep it from falling. Rockler makes some good ones if you are so inclined. They are specific – left side; right side. Works with a piano hinge like you have.

See example here.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#2 posted 07-03-2015 04:57 PM

Thanks MT!

I left it unfinished so that my sister in law and her daughter (the recipient) can have a fun painting project to do together. My unfortunate hole patching job along the hinge line made for lots of holes and I was worried about how stain and varnish would affect it, so I advised her to paint it before my niece marks it up too much. Otherwise, kid marks and stains give it character and make it look used!

Also, good point on the lid protectors. Unfortunately, the hydraulic hinges I wanted were a bit outside my price range, so I will leave it up to her dad to figure out a way to slow down the closing of the lid (he mentioned some old car trunk parts he had that might do the trick). Otherwise, when fully opened, it stays nicely open on the wall and I left most of the bottom edge open so she can’t pinch her fingers if it does close suddenly. All good points, however, and I appreciate you taking the time to comment and share your thoughts.


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