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Project by cubdad posted 01-15-2014 04:47 PM 1313 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my 22nd and 23rd of 25 (and counting). I started making one for my son, then his cousin, then his other cousin, his sister, and his cousin’s cousins, etc. These were for my neighbor’s daughter and sister-in-law’s niece.

I originally wanted to make them until I ran out of scraps and reduced the pile to nothing, but it didn’t turn out that way. Now I’ve optimized panels, thicknesses, made some custom fonts for letters (this font is craft store letters, modified),

There is nothing too special about them. I use Kreg joinery, piano hinges, and some carpet casters underneath. The toybox looks like it’s sitting on the floor when it’s actually sitting on the casters, so little kids and moms can move them around to clean, etc. on carpet.

All oil-based paint and I paint with a brush.

I’m looking for other ideas to expand my production, cut my production time, and finish all the requests I get for these. I’m starting to get into “themes” and did a couple sports teams logos out of wood.

-- CubDad SE Michigan Send me any good cub scout woodworking projects! Thanks

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#1 posted 01-15-2014 05:31 PM

Here’s one time-saving idea – invest in a decent HVLP sprayer and use a decent latex paint.

Spraying will result in a better finish and it will take you considerably less time and effort. And if you switch to latex, cleanup is a BREEZE.

The boxes look great, btw! Nice design – especially hiding the casters. I assume you are using some sort of “stay-put” hinges to keep the lid from slamming down, right?



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#2 posted 01-15-2014 05:37 PM

I have a spayer—some day. I suppose if I did I would have to go to latex since my air compressor would introduce quite a bit of water without a really good dyer.

I like the toughness of oil-based paint, but I know latex paint has come a long way. I guess I should use up my oil first…

The stay-put feature is on the left of the lid reinforcement. It’s a cam on a spring essentially. I also have foam on the top of the box to remove that annoying slamming noise—coupled with the stay-put feature it makes very little noise when closing.

Thanks for your input!

-- CubDad SE Michigan Send me any good cub scout woodworking projects! Thanks

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#3 posted 01-20-2014 05:29 PM

Lovely toy boxes! They look sturdy, like the colors and the hidden casters. I’m sure the kids like them. Great job!

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#4 posted 01-20-2014 07:53 PM

Thank you! I’ll post more…I’m working on some right now. They are like cabbage patch dolls, all with a custom paint job—no two are exactly alike.

-- CubDad SE Michigan Send me any good cub scout woodworking projects! Thanks

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