A friend came to me with the idea of a toy chest for her daughter’s first birthday. What a great idea – rather than buying some plastic stuff, she’s investing in a solid piece of fine furniture that can last a lifetime! It will start life as a toy chest and grow into a blanket chest. This project is named after her daughter, “For Kyra”. I need to print out some designs for it so I used this glitter vinyl.
It is so hard to keep a room neat and tidy, especially when there are piles of toys and knick knacks scattered around. But the best way to keep it in order is in boxes or with this great chest idea so you can store your child’s toys. Kids can play with their toys on the floor but there has to be a moment where they take it to their draws or in this case in the chest and it will be a mess free room. Talking about toys you need to check our the calico toys from the Product Expert.com critter list and it works for any type of toy so depending in what you need to use it you just made the chest a size that fits your things.
I had the idea of using the letter K on the front of the chest, so I started sketching some ideas. I quickly came upon something I liked, so I took it to Google Sketchup. I worked with the some dimension contraints from my friend and designed around those.
The chest is built from walnut for the frame and cherry for the panels. I had a piece of curly walnut in the shop (from Exotic Lumber) that will be for the K on the front. I went to my favorite lumber shop, Artisan Lumber, and picked up another stick of walnut (8/4 x 12″ x 10′) for the remaining frame parts. I have a lot of cherry in the shop that I will use for the panels.
I start with building the front of the chest, the K, as that curve may not end up with exact dimensions from my sketch. Once built, I can take the measurements for the rest of the chest.
From sketchup, I printed out the actual size + shape of the K, which spans 5 pieces of paper. I taped those together and layed them over the walnut. I chalked the outline and it’s time to start cutting.