Dovetailed toy chest

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Project by a1Jim posted 01-02-2019 08:37 PM 2641 views 2 times favorited 53 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Happy new year gang
Here’s a dovetailed chest made for my grandson, I got started later than I wanted so I just grabbed some cheap pine I had sitting around because I needed something quick,it only took a couple days and turned out pretty fair and my son and grandson liked it.I like to use better material but my justification was that it’s probably going to get beat up anyway. Funny how we sometimes justify things. The name plaque is the first time I ever carved letters using traditional carving tools, not as perfect as I’d like but as I do more letter carving I hope it will improve in the future.
Have a super day everyone.


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#1 posted 01-02-2019 08:46 PM

Interesting design, especially the detail to keep fingers from being crushed. Toy boxes are best made of pine.

-- Terry O, Stonewall, MB, Canada

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#3 posted 01-02-2019 08:57 PM

Happy New Year Jim! Love your toy box design! Nothing wrong with Pine it’s a good wood for this project! Everything look perfect to me! I know he will treasure this gift forever!

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

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#4 posted 01-02-2019 09:02 PM

Happy New Year! Excellent way to start the new year. Super build and a happy son and Grandson, job well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#5 posted 01-02-2019 09:10 PM

Well… those dovetails realy pop up, althoigh made of pine

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 01-02-2019 09:16 PM

Looks great. Like the design and the pine. Name plate carving looks great too. I’m guessing someone is a Superman fan.

-- Cut it chop it rip it....make it!!!!

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#7 posted 01-02-2019 09:19 PM

Looks perfect in pine! Nice job.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#8 posted 01-02-2019 09:33 PM

Thanks Tony,Olddrivers, Ivan,Mooseman and Smitty


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#9 posted 01-02-2019 10:08 PM

Very nice. Oh, is your son’s name Jor-El ? ;-)

-- Lloyd Kerry; creator of the Kerry-All Pouch,

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#10 posted 01-02-2019 10:11 PM

Thanks, Lloyd, my grandson is named “Kal-El”
Sorry didn’t get it at first Ha Ha


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#11 posted 01-02-2019 10:12 PM

Nice toy box Jim. Pine is fine for anything you think is going to get used/destroyed. It’ll take a natural finish or paint, lower cost to use, and natural it really isn’t boring to look at. Beside with dovetails on the corners it looks expensive.

If you had not said anything about the hard carved plaque, I would have figured you had a CNC doing the work. Pretty correct for a first effort.

What did you guys do, make the young one wrap his own gift?

Thanks for posting

-- Think safe, be safe

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#12 posted 01-02-2019 10:14 PM

Thanks, Steve,Ha ha, no we hid
e his gifts in the top box.


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#13 posted 01-02-2019 10:43 PM

this toy box is amazing love the pine wood and the tails of course GREAT JOB :<)) Grandpa

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#14 posted 01-02-2019 10:48 PM

Thanks Tony, I’ve been a grampa for a long time.


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#15 posted 01-02-2019 11:58 PM

Nice work, I like the look of the dovetails
I plan I’m making one for my grandson, just working on the design.

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