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Project by Fotodog posted 01-26-2020 04:34 PM 630 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I became a first time grandfather in October..how did that happen, I can’t be that old! A toy chest seemed like the perfect gift for the family. I searched some images online, found something I liked, and designed this one in Sketchup.

The frame is hard maple, 1 1/8” thick for strength and appearance. The front, rear, and side panels are 1/2” birch plywood fitted into dadoes in the frame. The bottom is 3/4” birch plywood fitted into a dado. The top is 3/4” edge glued hard maple, because I didn’t want it to be too heavy for safety reasons.

The polished nickel butt hinges are mortised into the frame and lid, and the 2 lid supports allow a very nice, slow descent when the lid is closed. They also keep it held open at 105 degrees.

I’ve tried various finishes for maple, because I don’t like how much oil finishes warm up the color. Water based polyurethane doesn’t warm up the wood, but can look a bit cold to my eye. After some research and experimentation, I’ve found the maple finish I like. I used 3 coats of Sealcoat, a dewaxed shellac that has just a hint of warmth, followed by 2 coats of satin wipe-on poly.

I’ve never used shellac, and it took a while to learn about its tendencies. Unless it’s sprayed, it seems to leave small ridges which must be removed between coats. I used the 3M abrasive pads in red and gray, which are much finer than sandpaper, and worked well. The 2 coats of poly were also smoothed with the ultra-fine gray pad, which also reduced the sheen to my liking.

Thanks for looking. Cheers,
Tim

-- Tim





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doubleDD

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#1 posted 01-26-2020 05:05 PM

Fine job grandpa. That will be filled with toys and overflowing within a year.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 01-26-2020 06:58 PM

Great looking toy box, looks like it will last several generations. I have been playing with seal coat also, I have a love hate thing going on.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 01-26-2020 10:49 PM

Nice box. I like the finger saving cut out, and the belt, and suspender approach to the hinges. No little fingers squished, is a good goal.

1 1/8” thick Hard Maple. That thing could double as a tornado shelter for the little guy. Imagine it weighs a bit.

-- Think safe, be safe

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LittleBlackDuck

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#4 posted 01-27-2020 12:39 AM

Nice job ya old ’dog.


... first time grandfather..how did that happen...
- Fotodog

This may help,

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Fotodog

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#5 posted 01-27-2020 12:51 AM

Thanks for the nice comments guys. I have a tendency to over-design things, so yes, it’s heavy…about 50 lbs. I just liked the look of a thicker frame, and wanted to make sure it would stand up to the abuse that only kids can provide.

The biggest problem this presents is that I need to ship it from California to Arizona. FedEx and UPS are both crazy expensive, but after some research I found a much better price using Greyhound Bus Lines. If anyone has a better alternative, please let me know.

LBD, thanks for the clarification, that explains a lot :-)
Tim

-- Tim

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#6 posted 01-27-2020 02:11 AM

Nice looking toy chest. Congratulations on being a grandpa.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#7 posted 01-27-2020 02:58 AM



...about 50 lbs…. If anyone has a better alternative, please let me know.
- Fotodog

Toss it in a trailer and go and visit the little ankle bitter!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Fotodog

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#8 posted 01-27-2020 03:02 AM

Duck, that’s an option for sure. But I’ve made that drive twice now, and it’s a really long haul. Not a whole lot between Bakersfield and Phoenix.

-- Tim

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#9 posted 01-27-2020 10:01 AM

Nicley done! I say do the drive.

-- Petey

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#10 posted 01-27-2020 12:36 PM

Very attractive design.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#11 posted 01-27-2020 03:21 PM

Very nice! Great rounded edges for safety of little tots, but still looks good!

Can’t help but notice the background… what are those lidded pots? Pottery class? They almost look like dutch ovens or something

-- Pete

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Fotodog

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#12 posted 01-27-2020 03:32 PM

Thanks guys. Pete, those pots were made by my wife, who has become an excellent potter. She is also prolific, so we have her pieces throughout our house.

-- Tim

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#13 posted 01-27-2020 04:14 PM

I like it , a nice clean build , very well done.

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos

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#14 posted 01-28-2020 06:18 PM

Very elegant and functional. Well done. You’ll find that grandkids’ projects represent a great excuse to make sawdust out there in the shop…..

-- Larry, SW Virginia

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#15 posted 01-30-2020 09:44 PM

Working on similar, although not so fancy with panels. Also, just tried Shellac, will have to try the red/grey stuff. I tried thining it down, so its almost like water, and that helped me, but required mucho # of coats.

-- Al,New Jersey -To thine own self be true

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