Toy Box

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Project by doubleDD posted 12-17-2015 03:18 PM 19444 views 23 times favorited 50 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son and daughter-in-law asked me to build a toy box for my grandson. They gave me some dimensions but left it up to me what it should look like. Since they treasure him so much as the rest of us, I thought a treasure chest would be cool. I made it out of used bamboo flooring I removed from my sister-in law’s house and some ambrosia maple I had for awhile. I reversed the floor planks so the rough side was on the outside and smooth side inside. It gave it a rugged look and my wife and I were happy with it. They wanted it to support someone sitting on it so I reinforced the top a bit. It’s 36’‘w x 20’’ d x 20’’ h. Bought the hardware from Rockler. Finished with gloss Varathane polyurethane. Thanks for looking.
We will be giving it to them for Christmas.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#1 posted 12-17-2015 03:26 PM

Very nicely done, I really like how you’ve stuck to the theme with this.

I don’t see any toybox lid supports, better get those installed asap or you grandson might play an actual one-handed pirate.

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#2 posted 12-17-2015 03:32 PM

Looks super Dave and the details give it a lot of character. I like the color combination a lot too. Now you just have to fill it up with some treasure.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 12-17-2015 03:33 PM

Dave that’s a beautiful toy box.

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#4 posted 12-17-2015 03:35 PM

Thanks daglenn. I have some over sized tension supports on it. It cannot be slammed down on your finger. It was something I considered before building. Funny thing is when we were kids, we never had anything like that and learned the hard way when our fingers got caught. LoL

Thanks Mike. We willbe baby sitting my grandson tomorrow and I thought I take a picture of him in it as a treasure.

Thanks BuryBob.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 12-17-2015 03:36 PM

Cool! Great design and build for children. Well done!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 12-17-2015 03:39 PM

Looks very nice…wonder if it will have toys or will your grandson climb in it..

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#7 posted 12-17-2015 04:03 PM

Nice work!!!! I have used those torsion hinges too. They are great but expensive. Like the lock on the toy box too. No one is going to get that boy’s toys!!!!

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#8 posted 12-17-2015 04:07 PM

Great job double DD. What a way to reuse flooring.

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#9 posted 12-17-2015 04:12 PM

Now there is a toy chest he will treasure for a lifetime.

-- Rick M,

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#10 posted 12-17-2015 04:32 PM

That is one beautiful toy box Dave, your grandson will love it.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#11 posted 12-17-2015 05:16 PM

Great looking Toy Box Dave! Last one I built was for our three kids which are now in their 40’s.
I think your toy box will last much longer than the one I built. Love your design!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#12 posted 12-17-2015 05:17 PM

beautiful box

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#13 posted 12-17-2015 06:00 PM

I have two grandsons does that mean I need to make two of these?

I really like the looks of your toy box, enough to add to my favorites!

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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#14 posted 12-17-2015 06:14 PM

Very COOL Treasure Chest! They will LOVE it!

I like the way you constructed it… keeping the over weight DOWN & not weighing a ton…
COOL lid with those safety hinges… make a huge difference!

Looks nice and rugged too!

It has a Lock too… Hope it doesn’t get Locked & the Key getting lost… :)

Merry Christmas!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#15 posted 12-17-2015 06:43 PM

Thanks John. This was one of those projects you can design so many different ways. It becomes confusing.

Redoak, believe me, it will have toys. First grandson, you know the deal. But he can climb in it too, I would of.

Sawdustonmyshoulder, you’re right, they are expensive and work extremely well. They can use the lock for a TIME OUT. ha ha

Thanks madsass. It worked out great. The bamboo looks good and I have a lot of it.

Thanks Rick. Just hope it doesn’t get confiscated for a storage chest.

Tony, thanks, but I think you are too modest. I would bet the one you built is still around.

Thankyou Lee, I’m actually proud of it myself.

Thanks for commenting david38, make me feel good inside.

Thanks oldnovice. That’s a good question, either make two or one large one with a divider. But you know how that may work out.

Thanks Joe. Actually I’m good at picking those locks, don’t ask. I have no idea what other wood toy boxes weigh but I would say this is heavy. Hope it last a long time.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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