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The toy chest is done!

24 Aug

I’ve had this post waiting for a while- but here it finally is! I finished this project just before my vacation so that I could leave with a clear conscience (so this was delivered roughly 5 weeks ago). I know this toy chest is not ground breaking in any way, and for good reason, I was keeping the design simple so as to complete the project relatively quickly and without spending a dime- the entire thing is made of wood I’d salvaged. I donated my time and skill towards this birthday gift for my nephew.

I put on a first coat of finish, then scuff sanded with 320grit sandpaper once it had cured.

Then I followed with a second coat of finish. The finish is still wet on the top of the toy chest lid here. I have it propped open with a finishing pyramid so that the finish will not glue the lid shut!

After finishing the outside of the chest I added the hinges and a chain to limit the travel of the lid.

And finally here is the toy chest in it’s new home…

Now this toy chest is happily in it’s new home.

Where my nephew can enjoy it. As I mentioned in an earlier post I need to add a soft close piston because my nephew loves the chest so much that he opens and closes it repeatedly and sometimes on his fingers. Time to child proof. You’ll notice that in this photo my sister turned the chest around so that the hinges face him and he can’t open it!

Stay tuned for a post on my favourite woodworking books!

The toy chest has a base…

11 Jun

This week I didn’t get much time in at the shop, but I made it count when I was there.

Next up I milled some braces for the underside of the chest lid. I just eyeballed the size and location. They are  insurance in case the chest is used to stand on or sit on.

Slots were a must as the wood moves through the seasons.

I added some washers for good measure- the pine is pretty soft.

I decided the chest looked “unfinished” without feet so I cut up some more stock that I had on hand.

I looked at pictures of chests online and decided all of the feet were either too ornate or didn’t fit with the existing elements of my toy chest. So I reflected the scallop detail in the panels.

The scroll saw was perfect for this task as it only required very minor clean up on the straight runs with a plane afterwards.

I could have gotten fancy here but I didn’t, no miters, no mortise and tenons. I need to get ‘er done now.

The dry assembly of the base

Finally, here is the chest all together. I still have to add hinges, which I’ve started installing, sand, glue-up, and finish the entire thing- but I’m that much closer now!

Hopefully I’ll get a day and a half at the shop this week and will be able to wrap up the project and put a little bow on it.

Toy chest… finishing line in sight!

2 Jun

Picking up where I left off last time… I needed to right some wrongs.

First off I fixed my mistakes from last session. I re-cut my side panels to have the grain wrap around the chest.

The next correction was to cut longer tenons for my now shorter sides. I established the shoulders by cutting them on the table saw and then cut the cheeks of the tenon on the bandsaw.

I then cut some grooves into my panels and rails.

I routed the panels to fit the grooves.

And made a little template to better transfer the existing panel detail to my freshly milled panels.

I routed out the notches free hand to my line- I was going to use the router with the template I made but the only template bit I had was too long. I tried raising the template with another thickness of sheet stock, but that was then too thick!

Although it’s pretty much a woodworking LAW to cut mortises before tenons- I was winging this project and had a much better idea of the tenons before I’d fully thought of the placement of the mortises so I went with it. That said I probably won’t break the law again soon.

I drilled the mortises and then chopped them square with chisels.

You know you’re a woodworker when you stop to oh and ah over plane shavings in the middle of a build. Each as unique as a snowflake… sweet serenity… where was I?

I packed it in for this session after fitting four tenons…

The next morning before work I fitted the other four tenons and tweaked the fit. Here is the dry fit before I rounded over the edges for the top. I’m not sure what the feet will look like yet or if I want any at all.

I was pleased with my progress, now I at least have some photos to show at my nephew’s first birthday- technically this will be a late gift- but it’s a tangible-late gift and will get the finishing touches soon! And then I’ll be back to building some cherry tables for my portfolio.

Progress on the toy chest…

29 May

I’m under the gun. I want to get the majority of this toy chest built before Saturday. When my nephew’s 1st birthday party will take place.

I started yesterday. I would have started the project earlier, but it seemed that I always had a large to-do list that got in the way. I’m going to visit my shop two mornings this week before work to try to get as far as I can.

I cut some closet doors in half, then trimmed them. These panels will be re-purposed as the front and back of the chest.

I laminated two boards together for the top, bottom and side panels.

Marking the boards helped me stay organized.

I discovered that I really need to buy more clamps. I had to wait for each glue up to set before starting the next- with the same clamps.

Once I scraped off the glue, I ripped the panels…

… and x-cut the panels that made up the top, bottom and sides of the chest.

Next I milled up some rails and cut tenons on them.

I messed up two things by this point. I’d oriented the grain on the side panels up and down instead of across. And I accidentally cut my rails shorter, so now I have short tenons. I might just make the chest narrower,  by turning the grain the correct way and cutting the panel down a bit and then cut the tenons longer on these- or I might make new rails.

I think I’ll go with the former. The grain direction bothers me. I would rather it wrap around the chest as originally planned.

Next session I’ll be correcting my mistakes and I’ll cut the rest of the joinery and round overs. Hopefully by the third session I’ll be gluing up and installing the hinge.

Thanks for reading! I’ll update soon on this project.

After this project I’ll be working on my tables made of reclaimed wood. Now that my cross cuts are calibrated, those projects can move forward. I’ll also be posting info on my possible commission as the news breaks. So far I’m not even sure if the project will go ahead. Talks are ongoing.

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