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Old 12-25-2007, 12:34 AM   #1
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Toy box finished in the nick of time.

I finished my little girls toy box a couple of hours ago. I built one of these for both my boys for the Christmas after they each turned 2 and now my last one for my little girl. These are very large toy boxes with padded tops for sitting or napping. My boys have loved to take naps on theirs and they are big enough that my oldest will still be able to for a few years yet. I had always imagined that one day they would become either hope/blanket chests or handed down to our future grandchildren. I'm not a carpenter but they turned out pretty good for an amatuer. Here are some pics:
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Old 12-25-2007, 02:27 AM   #2
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Looks great! Merry Christmas!
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Old 12-25-2007, 04:05 AM   #3
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It's 4am and I just finished putting together my little girl's play kitchen. Talk about painstaking, dang thing took me about three hours and I'm pretty handy w/ tools and fixing things. Of course the wife and I were watching The Wedding Crashers whilst I was assembling, but still. Now I'm to jazzed to sleep, this is going to be one long Christmas day. Hope everyone else gets some sleep.
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Old 12-25-2007, 04:09 AM   #4
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That tox box looks great. Now get some sleep.

Merry Christmas.

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Old 12-25-2007, 06:18 AM   #5
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Wow! Ameteur? Semi pro more is like it!
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Old 12-25-2007, 08:13 AM   #6
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You have done a fine job. All your love for your children is in your work. Our kids are grown up and one has a family of her own. I thought I was done making things for them when they went out on their own. Well hang on to your carpentry skills because like me your grand kids will keep you building.
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Old 12-25-2007, 08:38 AM   #7
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It's 4am and I just finished putting together my little girl's play kitchen. Talk about painstaking, dang thing took me about three hours and I'm pretty handy w/ tools and fixing things.
I've spent many a late Christmas eve putting together things that are "so easy a child could assemble it" . I've been tempted to get the child up out of bed to help assemble the dang things.
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Old 12-25-2007, 08:52 AM   #8
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Merry Christmas. Your toy boxes are amazing. I can only hope your children remember the love you put into each one during those challenging times.

I concur with the "easy to assemble" stuff. I gladly pay the surcharge to get an already assembled bike as I don't have the patience when I come up against the deadline.
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Old 12-25-2007, 09:52 AM   #9
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Beautiful job! Tennessee craftmanship at work. Your hope of them becoming heirlooms is certainly realistic. I still have the one my Dad made for me.

BTW, does it play Rocky Top when you lift the lid?
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Old 12-28-2007, 10:56 AM   #10
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The toy box is beautiful! My dad made me a toy box when I was two... but he didn't quite finish it. He finally put feet on it and it was mine when I turned 30! Of course it still wasn't quite done, but he gave me the handles, hinges, and other hardware to put on myself .
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What kind of joints did you use on the corners?
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Very beautiful craftsmanship!

I do have a minor grievance... this is not the first time I've clicked the thread, expecting to find an SOB Toyhauler restoration. Maybe that's because I'm almost finished restoring my own toyhauler; that has taken the last 4 or 5 months of my life! LOL

My dad made us a 'busy box' when we were little; it had latches, hinges, blinking lights, a quiet siren and bell... kept us out of parents' hair many hours longer than he spent finishing it Christmas Eve. Good times!
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Old 12-28-2007, 11:49 AM   #13
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What kind of joints did you use on the corners?
Like I said I'm not a carpenter and I don't have any carpentry tools. I made all three toy boxes with a skill saw, cordless drill/screwdriver, hammer and palm sander, manual planer. I don't even own any clamps. Woodfiller and sandpaper are my friends, well it's one of those love hate relationships. If I had the proper tools(joiners, clamps, routers, planers, table saw, etc., etc., etc..) I believe I could make a much nicer, more refined piece of furniture. As it is I can make em look pretty good but not what I would think a professional woodworker/craftsman could do. One day i would like to get all the proper tools and make custom furniture, after the kids are all out of school.
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