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I'm building a toy box out of alder and and walnut to have a rustic look like this by Rustic Bru. I plan to make the panels out of individual boards - probably 3-4 horizontal alder boards per panel joined by my own tongue and groove joints. I do not plan on gluing the boards together to form the panel - just dry fit. If I make the panel boards 3/8" thick, I would end up with 1/8" for the tongue.

Since I have no kids, I have no idea how rough a little guy can be with his toybox. Is it possible for him to kick the panels and break the tongue and groove? Should I make them thicker? Or should I change to plywood for the panels?
 

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Sounds like good advice. stiles and rails 3-3/4" x 1-1/8" thick. posts are 3-3/4" x 1-3/4" thick. So I can go up 1/2" thick on the panels with no problem - maybe a little thicker
 

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Good luck with your toy box. Be sure to incorporate some sort of locking hinge that will keep the top/lid open when the kids get excited. I had a 2 year old nephew that was killed when the lid of the toy box his dad made fell on his neck when he was trying to reach a toy in the bottom of the toy box.
 

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Toolz- sorry for your loss. I suspected something like this could happen and talked about it with mothers of young children, but I never heard of anyone that had experienced such a nightmare

I've been thinking for the last 2 weeks how to make this thing safe. I'm using the Rockler safety hinges, rounding the edges
 
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