Brandon's toy chest

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Project by Woodbutchery posted 01-04-2014 04:55 PM 3767 views 8 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A little over two years ago I started this project. It was an interesting two years in which I was alternately excited about the project, grew to dread the project, and found the fun in woodworking again.

Top is walnut, rails and stiles are hard maple, side panels are back-to-back sheets of 1/4” walnut plywood, and the bottom is 1/2” plywood. Two spring-compression “dampers” on either side of the box will help prevent the lid from slamming shut on little (and even big) fingers.

I had, at one point after assembling the box, decided that I would get rid of this design as it’s a bear to assemble, and there were some adjustments I had to make at the last minute that I wasn’t fond of. After consideration, I may try making another one for myself at some time (amazingly enough, it will also serve as a blanket storage chest).

As with all of my projects, I learned at new things with this, in particular a new-found usage of my chisels, which had before now gathered dust in my shop (I had them, I knew I was supposed to use them, but it wasn’t until after a couple of videos and some trial runs that I actually knew HOW to use them. Who knew they were so useful ;-) ).

During the two-year period I had forgot that this was a hobby that I took up to bring satisfaction and the joy of putting together something that is sometimes useful, sometimes pretty, and sometimes both. Luckily, an article in Wood magazine’s web page helped remind me of what hobbies are for.

Things I will do differently in the future – Instead of using one big Miller dowel for strengthening the joint I’ll use two smaller dowels. Really, everything else I’m pleased with.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#1 posted 01-04-2014 05:16 PM

It’s very attractive and nicely done. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 01-04-2014 05:19 PM

Thanks helluva! I am very pleased with the results

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#3 posted 01-04-2014 07:02 PM

It’s a beauty!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#4 posted 01-04-2014 09:43 PM

Its a Beauty and too nice for a toy box, Well unless they are your toys. lol

-- Failure is always an option. :-)

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#5 posted 01-08-2014 04:36 PM

Beautiful box! Very well crafted and the wood combo is really gorgeous. It looks great inside and out. Great job!

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