First of two toy boxes

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Project by jkinoh posted 01-27-2018 08:44 PM 811 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Decided to post this project before it gets painted. I cringe at the thought, but that’s what my daughter desires for her son’s toy box. I made this extra heavy and large to hold his toys and probably him inside. Rails and stiles are 1.5” thick, with 3/4” Birch ply. As you can see in photo, corners are “double” miter locked. (yes, I know…overkill.) The only issue I’m having at this point is what to use as a lid support/soft closure. The brackets I planned to use won’t fit the 1.5” thick rail. I’m thinking gas struts, but most of those are at least 20-30lbs per strut, and the top, which is 24” x 48” x 3/4” Poplar, only weighs about 18lbs. Anyone have any suggestions?

The next box is for granddaughter. Her mother wants it stained, not painted and I’ll stick with 3/4” walls for that one!

Finished pic of box added. Took video of “soft close” supports in action, but apparently I can’t upload. Purchased a set of Apexstone Soft Close lid supports rated at 33lbs each. Lid is 24” x 48” and weighed about 18-19lbs. Very pleased with the soft close. I feel confident that the lid won’t be dented if it slams against his head! :)

-- Why buy it for $300 when you can make it for $500!!

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#1 posted 01-27-2018 10:29 PM

Neat toy box. Needs handles on the ends for lifting and moving it.

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#2 posted 01-27-2018 10:53 PM

Very nice looking toy chest. The hope chest we built of Makore (African cherry) had a very heavy lid. We selected the 105 degree soft close Sugatsune closer. At first we had purchased the 70 degree but the lid would close if the chest was bumped. The 105 degree eliminated this problem.

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We found an online dealer woodworker’s hardware that handled the 105 degree. Keep in mind all dimensions in instruction manual are metric and critical when locating bracket holes.

-- Wuddoc

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#3 posted 01-28-2018 02:25 AM

Really nice toy box! Those are some heavy duty miters.

-- AJ

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#4 posted 01-28-2018 02:11 PM

mtnmanlee1… I talked to daughter about handles, but she said no. I think it needs slots in bottom for fork lift tines.

wuddoc… thanks for the link. Will see what they offer.

-- Why buy it for $300 when you can make it for $500!!

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#5 posted 01-28-2018 04:35 PM

You did a very nice job on this toy box. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 01-28-2018 07:49 PM

Thanks Charles!

-- Why buy it for $300 when you can make it for $500!!

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