Toy box & bench for my daughter

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Project by RHaynes posted 03-11-2014 03:15 PM 4849 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a toy box for my almost-3-year-old daughter, Hannah. It’s frame-and-panel construction using 3/4” poplar for the frames, 1/4” MDF for the panels, 3/4” plywood for the bottom and top, with the top upholstered then wrapped in a 3/4” thick, mitered poplar frame. It’s painted with Behr high-gloss latex over Kilz Premium primer, then covered with several coats of Polycrilic in a feeble attempt to protect the paint from “Destructor.” This was my first swing at upholstery. My wife picked the fabric. The pink color is called “Ballerina Pink,” which is just about the most perfect thing I could imagine when I found it.

The long story behind this is I first caught the WW bug a couple years ago when my BIL hipped me to Kreg’s pocket hole jig. I had done a lot of home improvement over the years, built a few decks, finished a few basements, and did my share of finish carpentry, but never had I been able to join things together like that. One of the first things I decided to do was build a toy box for my newborn daughter. I had some scrap pine my neighbor gave me when he cleared out his garage. I cut the pieces to length on my chop saw and started screwing them into panels. Of course, without a jointer or ripping them down on the TS, they curved up like a basketball, but eventually I got things into a rough toybox shape. And then all hell broke loose and my garage turned into a “real” woodshop. And the “draft” toybox was forgotten. Then before I knew it, my daughter was 2, and my wife wanted the toybox for her room.

When my wife mentioned the toybox, it was like talking about the ugly, forgotten thing living in the basement, and by that time my skills had improved so much I didn’t want to finish a half-assed attempt and give it to my daughter. I wanted her to have something that was done skillfully and that would last a long time. So I trashed the draft and started a new one. But this time, I had a jointer, planer, real table saw, and a router table with several choices of cope and stick bits, a bandsaw to saw the “legs,” and all the other tools needed to make something I think she’ll be proud to say “my daddy made this for me.”

-- "Sometimes the creative process requires foul language." -- Charles Neil.

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#1 posted 03-11-2014 03:32 PM

Well done, looks great. Looks like you will have a happy daughter.

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

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#2 posted 03-11-2014 04:21 PM

Very nice work! I see you own the same Disney princess castle that I do.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#3 posted 03-12-2014 03:48 AM

Thanks! Oh yes, I should have bought Disney stock. You’d think Sofia lived here instead of my daughter.

-- "Sometimes the creative process requires foul language." -- Charles Neil.

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#4 posted 03-12-2014 07:57 AM

That is really cool and looks great. Im sure your daughter will get lots of use from it and be proud to tell her kids that her Daddy made that for her. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 03-12-2014 04:26 PM

Bood work and better because its for the kids!

-- Blessed to have a wife who supports my addiction...Hobbies!

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#6 posted 03-13-2014 03:11 AM

Nice looking piece. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#7 posted 03-16-2014 07:47 AM

Very nice! I need to add a lid to one I built for my niece. Can you tell me where you got those hinges?

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#8 posted 03-17-2014 03:42 PM

Thanks! These are what they are, although I honestly can’t remember where I got them since I bought the hinges a long time ago. They sat in my hardware drawers until I finally got this project finished up. But knowing my habits, they’re either from Rockler, Lee Valley, or HardwareSource. Test fit them carefully—the overlay can be a little annoying to get nailed down without the lid rubbing on the box. They help by daughter to open the lid a little easier, and they hold it open very well. They don’t offer any support when closing it though, so she’ll have to be careful to keep little fingers out of the way when closing it!

-- "Sometimes the creative process requires foul language." -- Charles Neil.

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#9 posted 12-03-2014 09:45 PM

very nice work -

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