Toy/Blanket Chest

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Project by Will Stokes posted 02-13-2014 02:43 PM 12965 views 20 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a toy/blanket chest I recently completed for my son and daughter. Originally it was going to be for my son, but it took me so long to complete (over a year) that I now have a daughter and I’d like them to share it for organizing their toys. The chest is 100% real hard wood, no plywood or veneer were used. Aside from attaching the cleats that support the sliding dividers, all other joints were spline joints or breadboard ends. Unlike traditional breadboard ends, like those on the top, the sides are fixed at the top and move down. The bottom is attached to the ends with a long tongue and moves as well. It is actually cut undersize and the design on the bottom floats above it to cover up the small gap between the bottom and the sides. It was a little unnerving having so many joints that primarily depend on friction and dowels to hold them in place but they worked out and the chest feels very sturdy. I used three 60lbs/inch torsion hinges from Rockler for the lid which worked out perfectly. The lid can be left open in any position and will not fall down, yet is not that difficult to move. I’m very happy I took the time to add the removable dividers and organizers. Instead of being a dumping ground my son’s toys can be organized a bit and he loves sliding the organizers back and forth.

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#1 posted 02-13-2014 02:44 PM

This is a nice clean project, Will. You did a great job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 02-13-2014 02:54 PM

Very well done! The details on the inside bottom are a very nice touch. Now the trick will be keeping those toys organized over the long haul! ;) This is a great start!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#3 posted 02-13-2014 03:06 PM

Well done, very clean looking design. Nice work.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 02-13-2014 03:12 PM

Great looking chest. Very nice work.

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#5 posted 02-13-2014 03:47 PM

Really beautiful work. Classy looking.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 02-13-2014 03:47 PM

A very fine job, looks great.


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#7 posted 02-13-2014 04:00 PM

Beautiful build, Will!

Love those no mortise hinges.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 02-13-2014 04:15 PM

Very nice work. I need to do something similar for my daughter. My living room is an absolute wreck.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#9 posted 02-13-2014 05:07 PM

Great looking chest. Great job maximizing the space. Kids always have the same view on toys as woodworkers have with clamps. NEVER ENOUGH!!

-- Vieth Custom Furniture,

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#10 posted 02-13-2014 05:45 PM

This looks fantastic, great job.

-- Bill, SW Florida

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#11 posted 02-13-2014 06:05 PM

Very nice work

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#12 posted 02-13-2014 08:51 PM

Very nice looking chest.

My wife is expecting one in her future.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#13 posted 02-14-2014 12:35 AM

Very nice toy chest. Destined to be a family heirloom, I’m sure.

-- Dave K.

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#14 posted 02-14-2014 05:32 AM

Beautiful chest, kids gonna love it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 02-14-2014 10:09 AM

Nice job on this. I’ve built a couple blanket chests now and I always enjoy them. I can’t bring myself to do anything but solid wood for them as well.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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