Toy Box for new baby

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Project by MrJesse34 posted 07-12-2012 12:58 PM 1393 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Second “real” woodworking project of mine. The first was an end table with the same finish on it as the top of the toy chest. The chest is leftover white pine flooring, cut down into the pieces I used to make the panels and the top. The panels themselves are 1/4” hardwood plywood that I had laying around. I don’t have a table saw or anything to make straight cuts with, all the cuts on this were done with a circular saw on sawhorses (all the square cuts) and the miter cuts were done with a hand miter box. I also got a good set of clamps halfway through, so some of the angles and jointed areas are a little loose (pre clamps). All joints are wooden dowels, with pine plugs since I had to paint over the area anyway. Painted with two coats of white paint on the bottom. The top is 3 joined pieces of the same pine, doweled and glued together. I had a little cupping in the middle of board of the top, hard to tell from the pics. Everything came out level despite the random tools and techniques I used. The finish on the top is Minwax pre stain wood conditioner, then about 30 minutes later I used English Chestnut stain from winwax. Wiped off after about 5 minutes. Finish is 4 coats of glossy polyeurethane, also Minwax brand. Hope you like!!

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#1 posted 07-12-2012 03:20 PM

Looks big enough for a baby to fit!

As you will hear over and over, it is not the tools, it is the hands operating them. You made good use of what you have and the result is an attractive and functional toy box. What more could you want?

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#2 posted 07-12-2012 03:21 PM

I saw another box design where someoen commented on air space. Thats why I didn’t put a latch on it to lock it shut, and the hinges provide a small thin line of air so that its not completely enclosed. Thanks for looking!!!!

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#3 posted 07-13-2012 02:21 PM

Really great look to it with the wood on top against the painted white shell. I’m sure it’ll blend in and also pop in the baby’s room; great eye.

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#4 posted 07-13-2012 02:29 PM

I’ve seen the white shell and the stained top done more and more recently. I really like the way it looks, plus it gave me a way to still see some of the natural wood on this beautiful piece instead of covering the whole thing with white paint to match the baby’s room.

I’m looking for criticisms here too – any suggestions on how I could have done better? I think the clamps will help down the road with the mitered edges being more flush. If I had it to do over again I would have tried to find bookmatched pieces for the top and only used two to connect together instead of 3, if possible.

I think I’m at the point now where I know a few things but really want to start to refine my skills. any suggestions?

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