Toy box

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Project by Firebreather posted 03-26-2014 03:34 PM 1613 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It is my nephews 2nd birthday and I was asked to make him a pirates chest toy box. He loves pirates so we figured a pirate chest would be perfect for him. It is made of oak and oak plywood. The first pic is of the hydraulic closers to keep the lid from slamming down on little man’s fingers. My mom had to get in the picture. She did most of the staining and poly. The third pic is of the top. We put garage door faux hinges on to make it look rustic. Fourth picture is of the finished product with all hardware installed. I also put casters on the bottom for ease of movement around the house. He should be able to use this the rest of his life for a toy box and a hope chest.

-- God is good..All the time

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#1 posted 03-26-2014 06:13 PM

Nicely done. I built my son one of similar size when he was about that age. Four years later, it has survived, but it is well worn.

How much did the hydraulic jacks cost you? I used the Rockler toy-chest hinges (work like a laptop hinge) and they have been well worth the $45 that I paid for them (most expensive part of the build).


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#2 posted 03-26-2014 06:53 PM

Very cool, though you may want to remove those locking hooks until he or any younger sibling/friend is too big to fit in it.

Having 2 young kids myself i could see one getting locked in by accident “or on purpose. I swear dad, I have no idea how she got in there…”


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#3 posted 03-27-2014 02:19 PM

i bought the Hydraulic shocks a the local auto parts store for $20 bucks each. had to do some creative engineering to get them to work but was well worth the time and effort to keep it from slamming on his fingers. As for the siblings problem….he is an only child as of

-- God is good..All the time

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#4 posted 04-01-2014 02:31 PM

Fantastic toy box! Cool treasure chest design, very nice rustic look. I’m sure the kid will love it. Great job!

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#5 posted 02-08-2019 03:18 PM

Great piece I love the design

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

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