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Forum topic by avsmusic1 posted 04-04-2019 08:50 PM 408 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-04-2019 08:50 PM

This seems like a simple enough question but I just don’t have the experience to know.

My local lumber retailer has a big QSWO board that instantly got me thinking of how i could use it. It’s 21”W x 12’L and a light 4/4. I’ve been wanting to build a dovetailed QSWO toybox for my son for a while and the idea of having a single board be able to wrap around and create all 4 sides with fairly continuous grain is really appealing to me.

The challenge is, by my estimation, the board would finish out at 5/8th thick – maybe 11/16th

If I wanted to make a 36”W x 18”D x 18”H box would 5/8th thick stock (a) be adequate for a long lasting box that could potentially become a blanket chest post toy phases, and (b) look right

Thanks in advance


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#1 posted 04-04-2019 08:57 PM

I would say certainly. Even 1/2” in my opinion would be fine. That is a big board…you have the tools to work it or are you thinking of hand work to flatten and joint?

Personally A toy box would be pine as it is likely to encounter markers, creative crayon use, adolescent experimentation with a pocket knife etc…buy the board, make the blanket chest and a toy box out of pine as a prototype.

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#2 posted 04-04-2019 09:16 PM

IMHO, I think 5/8” would be as thin as I would go over 36”, Would like 3/4”.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 04-04-2019 09:21 PM



IMHO, I think 5/8” would be as thin as I would go over 36”, Would like 3/4”.

- Andre


This is what I was thinking and I didn’t pull the trigger on it yet for this exact reason but then I was asking myself “would you tolerate 1/8th sub-optimal thickness in exchange for that grain continuity?” and I think i would aesthetically but not if it also wouldn’t stand up to the potential abuse

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#4 posted 04-04-2019 09:24 PM



I would say certainly. Even 1/2” in my opinion would be fine. That is a big board…you have the tools to work it or are you thinking of hand work to flatten and joint?

Personally A toy box would be pine as it is likely to encounter markers, creative crayon use, adolescent experimentation with a pocket knife etc…buy the board, make the blanket chest and a toy box out of pine as a prototype.

- BlueRidgeDog


I’d probably have the lumberyard surface the faces for me – they have a 20” jointer and, in my estimation, the wide belt sander would be better than planing in this instance so as to maximize thickness.

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#5 posted 04-04-2019 09:59 PM

Personally, I think you’d be fine at 5/8” and agree that even 1/2” would work. I generally like boxes to have thinner walls.

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#6 posted 04-04-2019 11:24 PM

Regardless of the thickness you go with…heed my words on what kids do to toy boxes. Having raised mine I have seen some strange things.

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#7 posted 04-04-2019 11:36 PM

+1 That beautiful QSWO toy box will not look the same a year from now. I have 4 kids and 10 grand kids, lots of experience in how destructive kids can be. but its your project so make it how ever you want. post pictures when you get it done.

-- Colombia Custom Woodworking

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#8 posted 04-05-2019 05:45 PM

appreciate all the feedback gents

believe me, i hear you guys on the “wear and tear” that this box is likely to encounter. My daughter is insane and she’s more likely to damage it than my son so it’ll live in his room. However, I’m sure he’ll get his licks in. I don’t mind though. That’s part of the journey to me and I’ve already come to terms with the fact that everything I make that they come in contact with is at risk. I enjoy building items for them most of all so i’d rather accept the inevitable wear and tear than only be able to work with pine :)

If I decide to pull the trigger I’ll definitely drop a picture her

Thanks again

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#9 posted 04-06-2019 04:44 PM

I’m smiling at the thought of kids and toyboxes. I made a dovetailed toy box for my favorite nieces little girl. I made it from Hard Maple and fought blotching when I stained it. Tough fight, but I finally got it right and then put 4 coats of Waterlox on it. It looked great. We drove from Texas to eastern Tennessee to deliver it. We put it at the foot of the little girl’s bed. She was so excited, and then she climbed on top and started dancing in her hard soled shoes. I almost fainted, even though I knew it would get some abuse. The Waterlox held up quite well, even though the verbiage on the can said nothing about being dance resistant.

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