Small Toybox

One of my coworkers and his wife recently had their first child. I like the guy, and am quite happy for them; however, since I’m an emotionally inarticulate¬†engineer (sort of), I communicated my happiness by making their daughter a toybox.

As is usual with a largely unplanned project, the result was more complicated than I had intended, to hide mistakes made in the process. That nice band of walnut hides some issues with the dado holding the bottom of the box in. The vertical reinforcements at the corner hide unaesthetic box joints. I should really bite the bullet and buy a metal box joint jig. Every time I cut them I butcher a lot of wood, and spend about three times longer than I expect.

The biggest issue I had was that I originally cut the lid with pronounced bevel cuts along the top edge. Unfortunately, this, combined with the other dimensions of the toybox, made the thing look exactly like a child’s coffin, which did not exactly reflect what I was trying to do here, to say the least. Fortunately, the scraps from a previous project let me replace the unusable lid without a run to the store.

(For sale, child’s coffin lid. Never used, per Hemingway).

Small pine toybox

It’s occasionally fun to work with clear pine. It works so quickly; it would be “easy mode” if it weren’t that it also dents so easily. This gives character to kids’ furniture, but I wouldn’t want to make a formal¬†endtable out of the stuff. Any sort of stain for it is a potential blotching disaster, too.

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