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Project by mcvickj posted 03-04-2019 07:30 PM 353 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Long time lurker. Finally joined to show off my first real woodworking project. My wife had an idea to make a toy chest as a gift to a nephew. Looked around online for a while until I found something I thought I could tackle with my skill set and the tools I currently have. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. The pocket holes were all filled in and sanded before staining. This was my first time staining too. Learned a lot along the way and looking to improve on the next project. I’m curious to hear how others glue up pieces for larger projects and avoid any type of bowing.





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Travis

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#1 posted 03-07-2019 03:20 PM

Excellent first project! I think it turned out really well. I’ve been wanting to make a toy chest for my son because I’m tired of always trying to find a “spot” for his various toys. This has given me some inspiration.

The best solution I’ve heard to combat the bowing during glue-up is to use less clamping pressure, alternate clamps on top and bottom (which it looks like you did), and/or use cauls to keep the panel flat. You can find numerous tutorials online to make some cauls quickly and inexpensively.

What kind of wood did you use—it looks like poplar?

-- Extra screws left over are just evidence I found a better way to put it together.

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mcvickj

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#2 posted 03-07-2019 03:28 PM

Thanks Travis. You are correct with the type of wood used. The wood was poplar purchased at Menards. It was their S4S material which I quickly learned can add up. And some of the material still had some bowing and cupping to it. I’ve since made a jointing jig for my table saw and hoping to add a planer to my tools soon to be able to purchase rougher material and mill it myself.


Excellent first project! I think it turned out really well. I ve been wanting to make a toy chest for my son because I m tired of always trying to find a “spot” for his various toys. This has given me some inspiration.

The best solution I ve heard to combat the bowing during glue-up is to use less clamping pressure, alternate clamps on top and bottom (which it looks like you did), and/or use cauls to keep the panel flat. You can find numerous tutorials online to make some cauls quickly and inexpensively.

What kind of wood did you use—it looks like poplar?

- Travis

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Travis

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#3 posted 03-08-2019 04:40 AM

I personally think milling it yourself is the way to go. I don’t trust the stuff that comes pre-surfaced because it can/does move a lot by the time I get it in a project. That said, I don’t have a jointer or a planer either, so I’m a bit hypocritical.

I buy my wood from a local lumber yard and it comes S2S. I ask them to put a straight edge on one of the edges, cost is $0.25 per bf. I find that usually gives me a better edge than I can get with my TS jointer jig (I’ve tried a few different versions). However, I have also found that I have messed up a cut and “lost” my good edge (e.g., accidentally have the jointed edge on the “cutoff” side of the cut and the other side isn’t perfect because I moved during the feed or blade wobbled a hair), in which case my jointer jig comes to the rescue and gets me pretty straight again. Anyway, that’s just blabbing.

Happy woodworking!

-- Extra screws left over are just evidence I found a better way to put it together.

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#4 posted 03-11-2019 05:15 AM

I love how the airing holes are making a niece design to the whole storage chest. It’s the little things like that that give it such a beautiful finish when you’re done putting it together!

-- Michael Maloney: http://supercheapselfstorage.com.au/facilities/gold-coast/self-storage/michael-maloney/

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