Alex's toybox

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Project by HossMan posted 03-24-2008 04:11 PM 1829 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s the other box I built for Alex, Christmas 2007. It’s pretty much the same as Stephanie’s except for the crest rail. His mom & dad liked the finish on Stephanie’s so they got the same.
I wonder what the next Alex piece will be????

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#1 posted 03-24-2008 04:59 PM

Looks as good as the last.

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#2 posted 03-24-2008 06:16 PM

This one looks good as well. I am sure that Alex really appreciates it. With two of them to build for the possibilities are almost endless. As I said in Stephanie’s post you can’t do something for one without doing something similar for the other.

And do they have you wrapped around their fingers, I suspect the answer that one is yes they do. I have often commented that, while I love both my sons a great deal, I really wish we had gone the grandchildren route to begin with. They are so much more fun and don’t ever seem to be in need of disciplining (but I am sure their parents have a different story).

thanks for sharing.

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Bill Butler

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#3 posted 03-24-2008 06:31 PM

Inspirational to say the least. I think this might be my choice for the next holiday gift run for the nieces and nephews.

Could you provide some dimensions and inside shots for us?

Also, did you think about maybe routing the boy’s name in the crest?


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#4 posted 03-25-2008 03:06 AM

Thanks, guys!! I’m with ya, Scott: if we’d known how much fun grandkids would be we would have had them first :)

Bill…the box dimensions were variable on the two different ones. For one there was only so much space for it to fit (apartment living, y’know). The other was a shade bigger. I worked from 30” to 36” wide, 20” to 24” high, and 18” to 20” deep. The bottom is 1/4” tempered hardboard set in a dadoe. The long (front & back) panels were rabbitted to receive the end panels. The corners are re-inforced with some 3/4” chamfer strips (cut from stuff around the shop) as glue blocks. The top, inside edge is banded with 1/2” x 2” ply – glued and pinned. The rim is nominal 1×2 laid flat. At the back is an addition nominal 1×3 (could be 1×4) laid on top of the rim. On one of the boxes I attached the crest directly to this piece: on the other I made it removable (with cleats attached to the back) so a different “thing” could be attached sometime: like a framed mirror, for example.
The lids are simply frames rabbitted to receive panels of the 1/2” ply, sized to meet the finished dimension – and overhang the edges for a shadow line. The front overhangs a bit more – maybe 3/4”??? – for easy lifting by the little ones. A guy could easily use piano hinges, or mortise in some other hinges.
Sorry I don’t have a more presentable plan for you…a lot of this is seat-of-the-pants stuff.
I did, in fact, think about routing the names into the rails: that would be an excellent refinement. Maybe I’ll start asking the kids about their plans for more grandkids….......................... :)

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#5 posted 03-25-2008 10:41 AM

I like it. The dual lid is a nice feature.

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#6 posted 03-29-2008 03:32 AM

Thanks HossMan for the details. Much Obliged!

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