Another toy box

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Project by ronstar posted 06-12-2019 09:11 PM 1555 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Whenever my niece or nephew have a baby, I make the child a toy box. Niece just had a baby boy – so I made him this toy box. 5 great nieces and nephews so far.

African mahogany, shellac and Arm R Seal. Rockler torsion hinges.

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#1 posted 06-12-2019 10:16 PM


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#2 posted 06-12-2019 10:34 PM

That is gorgeous!!!

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#3 posted 06-12-2019 11:17 PM

beautiful chest ron hopefully he wont destroy it and pass it on to his child some day.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 06-13-2019 12:06 AM

too nice for a toy box. It looks more like a blanket box. nice work, ... kids are rough on them, but you nailed it.

-- Jeff NJ

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#5 posted 06-13-2019 01:41 AM

Great looking toy box. A family heirloom in the making.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 06-13-2019 02:25 AM

Lovely toy box. I have two grandkids of my own and they will each get one of these fairly soon. Love the torsion hinges, BTW.

-- Ron, Montana

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#7 posted 06-13-2019 11:22 AM

Thanks for the kind comments!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#8 posted 06-13-2019 01:00 PM

looks fantastic
what type of joinery did you use to connect the legs to the “panels”?

Thanks for sharing!

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#9 posted 06-13-2019 02:21 PM

Wow – This is beautiful and such a meaningful gift! I’d be very interested to know how you joined the corners and legs. On the shellac, did you brush or spray?

Simply awesome work!

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#10 posted 06-13-2019 03:01 PM

Panels float in dados in the stiles and rails. I Festool domino’d the rails and stiles together for each of the 4 sides as 4 separate glue ups. Then domino’d the legs to each end of the front and back sides as 2 separate glue ups. Then domino’d the sides to the legs/front & back assemblies as one final glue up.

I hope that makes sense. I really like the festool domino. Expensive, but a great tool.

I brushed the shellac on with a foam brush. One coat on the outside. 2 coats on the inside. sanded down first coat. No arm r seal on the inside. Just shellac. Used Zinsser Seal Coat – dewaxed shellac. It works better if diluted a little with denatured alcohol. I usually put the finish on each piece before final assembly.

I found a rough plan that I made for a similar toy box that kind of shows how all the pieces go together, and a progress photo when I was domino’ing. I added these as photos

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#11 posted 06-13-2019 03:16 PM

A++++++++ well done

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 06-14-2019 06:23 AM

That’s a substantial piece. It should last for generations. Love the mahogany.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#13 posted 06-14-2019 11:11 PM

Really beautiful. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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