Art Supply Chest

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Project by paxorion posted 04-24-2016 08:43 PM 1275 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

What do you do when you have a pile of Home Depot pine plywood that you bought as an experiment to gauge it’s worthiness for shop-grade cabinets? You come up with a utility project that your wife will agree to. With a 3 kids and prolific artwork, we were in desperate need of a place to store the art supplies. After putting together a quick sketchup design, I got the thumbs up from my wife to “make it happen”. I supplemented the plywood with some clear pine 1×4 from the big box store as the legs.

The design is heavily inspired by the 2014 WWFC toy chest, including the “finger saving” design that Marc put into it. The recess works wonders as it didn’t take long for my 4 year old to slam the lid down when my hand was holding onto the sides of the chest (picture 4). No injury, only a scolding for my 4 year old.

The chest is held together almost exclusively with glue and tacked with pin-nails (first time using my HF 23-gauge pin nailer…I’m a fan), save for pocket holes that the bottom panel and screws for the hardware. The hinge is a piano hinge with lid supports (I know, mega-fail buying a chrome piano hinge and brass lid supports, but I don’t care…it was what I could get to get this project over with). The mitered frame for the lid is also 1/2” taller than the panel, allowing for a space that my son can use for his trains (picture 6). Finally, I put swivel casters on the bottom so that the cart can easily be pulled out to access, and parked under the kids craft table (picture 5). The chest was stained with the same stain as my storage crates but it appears that time must have done something to make the stain more potent, then top-coated with 3 coats of Rustoleum polyurethane (sprayed).

It didn’t take long for my wife to relocate all of our scattered art supplies into the chest (picture 3). I had promise to make some dividers for it (eventually), but I highly doubt it will become a priority.

PS: The verdict on the pine plywood? Lets just say I won’t be buying that anymore.

-- paxorion

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#1 posted 05-05-2016 12:33 AM

Nice work on that chest!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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