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    Toy Box / Chest

    This is my most recent project, with pictures as promised. It's going to be a toy box for my 2 and 4 yr old nephews. They keep toys at our house and come over a lot, so I thought it a good excuse for a project.

    I picked up some white oak a couple months ago, which oddly enough is hard to find here. But I like the look of the arts and crafts chests so it was a good fit.

    For hinges I used the torsion hinges from rockler. They might loosen up after a while, but for now they seem to be stronger than rated. The top is 23" across and weighs about 12 lbs. The hinges are supposed to support 120 in lbs together, but they easily hold this top and you have to push on it pretty good to close.

    I haven't quite decided on how to finish it yet, testing some different stains atm.

    -Jeb
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    There ya go Jeb, sweet toy box nice design and well build and strong.........just what is needed for 2 young boys playing with it, well done

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    Looking good, Jeb. We'll be looking forward to seeing the finished pics. I'm guessing you're gonna make two little boys very happy with that toy box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeb Taylor View Post
    I haven't quite decided on how to finish it yet, testing some different stains atm.

    Great Job,
    For finish I would just wipe it down with BLO and then use a wipe on poly.

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    Making the box was probably easier than teaching them to use the box is going to be, eh?

    Looking forward to seeing what finish you use! Looking good so far.

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    I prefer the natural look, but it wouldn't really match any furniture in our house. My wife prefers darker stained woods so I'm doing a few samples for approval

    What's the purpose of doing the BLO under the poly?

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    oil will really pop the grain and beauty of the wood.

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    That's one sweet looking chest. Just love the clean lines and you can tell from looking how well put together it is
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    Great project Jeb. Nicely done.
    Those hinges are expensive but work pretty well. I've used them several times on chests I've made.
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    Very nice Jeb! Those boys will be excited to play with/in/around that toy box each time they visit! Waiting to see what the finish is.
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