Toy Box for Grandson Alex

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Project by David Grimes posted 08-18-2011 07:24 AM 2188 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This toy box is for my Grandson Alex (he’s two) that I have been waiting to finish for far too long. That’s his “blackmail picture” we got of him getting into his girl cousin’s stuff on a long road trip. Don’t worry, I’ll keep an eye on him. ;=)

It is oak veneer and solids, quite simple and includes two of the Rockler toy box safety hinges (two because I ordered the first one under-estimating the weight of the lid). ’=)

It will stay open at any position except the final 1-2 inches. That does not produce a slam or a pinch. Good enough.

After making it finger-safe, the top and sides were stained with Minwax Provincial stain, then brushed on one thick coat of Zinsser gloss urethane, sanded that lightly with 220, then a single coat of Minwax Wipe-On poly.

The edge of the top and the base trim were painted with two coats of the new Glidden Gel Paint in High Gloss Black.

I had attached some handles for the sides, but changed my mind since it is going into a stairwell closet (now the toy closet) and after being put into place (yes, it’s heavy), I don’t want it to have handles to drag out of there. lol I left the holes on the sides (and the handles in the hardware pile) in case it ever needs the handles. The back and sides will never be visible until it ever comes out of the closet.

I added two rubber bumpers (drilled holes, then a couple drops of CA glue down the the shaft so the stems will stay in place) that hold the lid up about 1/8” for safety. Every year a few kids climb into their toybox, shut the lid to take a nap, then asphyxiate due to the box being so air tight. We do not want that.

Thanks for stopping in.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#1 posted 08-18-2011 08:05 AM

It became really nice after finish.
There will be a happy grandson, and as I said who knows it might become a toolchest one day.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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David Grimes

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#2 posted 08-18-2011 08:07 AM

Thanks again, Mads. :=)

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#3 posted 08-18-2011 11:04 AM

Nice work. looks good.

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

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#4 posted 08-18-2011 01:37 PM

Well done and good planning. I have some of those rockler hinges sitting in my shop waiting for me to make a box too!

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#5 posted 08-18-2011 03:00 PM

Very nice, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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Don W

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#6 posted 08-18-2011 03:28 PM

very well built.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#7 posted 08-18-2011 11:31 PM

Nice job and great work on all the safety features!!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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