Mawmaw's Toy Chest

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Project by swampjack80 posted 01-05-2011 05:31 AM 1728 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this toy box as a gift to my mom for Christmas from her grandchildren. She had been telling me she wanted a toybox for all of the kids toys she keeps at her house for them to play with, so I figured it would make a good gift. I started out with the plan to make a pretty plain box, but did a little design change before starting. I had been wanting to build a frame and panel type chest for my wife and I, so I figured this was a good chance for a little practice run. Its made of red oak and finished off with some boiled linseed, followed by a few coats of shellac, and finally a coat of satin polyurethane. The panels are 3/4” ply (I would’ve used 1/2” but already ordered the materials before decided to do frame and panel design), and 1” frame. The legs are 1-1/2” square. After building it I decided I liked the look of the full 1” thick frame and will probably do it the same way when I finally get around to building my own blanket chest. I made the mortises on the legs a full 3/4” wide so the plywood fit snugly into the mortise along with the frame tenons. It’s not the typical design, but it worked out well and looked great when all was said and done. The way I fit the bottom was kind of a mistake/blessing. When cutting the grooves on the frame for the side panels to rest in, I accidentally cut the side instead of the top. After seeing this, I realized it made a perfect dado for the bottom panel to fit into. This whole project was a very good learning experience for myself on frame/panel construction, and very satisfying when done. This chest is solid as a rock. I couldn’t even budge it out of square even before I glued it up. I’m sure it will be around for a long long time, and hopefully many many little hands will enjoy pulling all of those toys out of it on their trips to Mawmaw’s house.

-- "I believe that our Heavenly Father invented man because he was disappointed in the monkey." - Mark Twain

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#1 posted 01-05-2011 05:38 AM

Nice chest. Solid construction without the use of fasteners!

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#2 posted 01-05-2011 11:36 AM

Great work, solid for sure! Will last forever…

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

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#3 posted 01-15-2011 05:23 AM

Wow looks real clean, Awesome job.

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