Toy box for Granddaughter

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Project by brian4star posted 01-03-2014 08:42 PM 1654 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this for our first granddaughters first Christmas. Hand carved a teddy bear into a basswood panel in the top. The rest is all red oak. Also cut down the top of the front about 1’ so if she closes the lid onto her hand it won’t pinch (she already has done this). The lid supports the top wherever it is opened and left the bottom clear oak so it is lighter to find all those small toys.

Used a combination of biscuit joinery and pockethole joinery with center panels set back from the face frames.
Her dad (my son in law) still has a toy box his grandfather made for him when he was a baby.

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#1 posted 01-04-2014 02:56 AM

Very nice!

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#2 posted 01-04-2014 11:14 AM

A very nice toy box for a special young lady….Great job Gramps.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#3 posted 01-04-2014 04:10 PM

Great job, I’m sure she will get lots of great use out of that toy box! I’m building a very similar toy box for my daughter and haven’t decided on a lid support. Mind sharing where you got this one?


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#4 posted 01-04-2014 11:06 PM

Beautiful work, I especially like the hand carved Teddy Bear, that is a great touch that makes the toy box extra special.

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#5 posted 01-06-2014 01:46 PM

I bought the lid support at Rockler. You need to do some calculations to get the right support for the top. You need to know the weight of the top as well as the distance from the back to the front of the top. The Rockler site has the formula you need. The support I have will allow the top to stay in any position it is left at from 1” all the way to full open.

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#6 posted 03-03-2014 07:43 PM

Sweet love the carving

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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