Toybox for Grandson

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Project by gcfaman posted 01-25-2019 10:58 PM 712 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As you can see from the cropped photos, even a large toybox does not guarantee that there will not be toys on the floor.

I designed the box after viewing a lot of Arts and Crafts style designs. Hand sketches only. Some day I will work with a measured drawing.

I made the framework from 5/4 Mahagony with Luan Ply for the side panels, and Birch Ply for the top. I plan to replace the side panels with Bird’s Eye Maple ply and veneer the top with a sheet of Birds Eye.

Frame work was biscuit joined, but even with 00 biscuits, the rabbets for the panels cut into the biscuits. I may look into doweling Jigs next. Maybe it’s time for mortise and tenon.

Stained and finished with polyurethane. I need to look at other finishes. Poly is certainly durable, but unless sprayed, I find it difficult to get a streak free finish. Now a pop up canopy with plastic side curtains might work for spring and fall here in NJ. Wouldn’t work at Christmas time.

I rabbeted the wrong side for the top. It is too inviting a seat when closed and I had to add support to the bottom of the lid after a few weeks.

The top was very heavy and it took some research to find the right combination of closers for the lid to prevent pinched fingers. They are out there, I am not the first Pop- Pop to build a toybox.

-- George Cherry Hill

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#1 posted 01-26-2019 12:52 AM

Welcome to LJs
very nice looking toybox.


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#2 posted 01-26-2019 03:28 AM

Beautiful woods.

I’d like to make a toy box for my daughter one day.

-- ~Daniel

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#3 posted 01-26-2019 04:04 PM

this is a great project and well done
nice save on the lid as it just looks designed that way

-- Greg Simon

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#4 posted 01-27-2019 12:44 AM


-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,you must polish it to shine.....

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