I wanted to share how I constructed the various small details that are on this Toy Chest. They are:
The various pieces of the chest are all offset by about 1/16″. The legs are slightly proud of the rails, which are a little proud of the panels. This gives a very nice textured feel to the piece. It highlights the fact that it’s a piece of furniture made from elements in 3d. These are created by offsetting the joinery.
I used the 60 degree edge of a chamfer bit to softly lead from level to level. So, there’s a very slight chamfer on the edge of the leg which leads down to the rail. The chamfer is a little less than 1/8″ wide by less than 1/16″ deep (60 degrees). This was created on the router table using a Freud 30 degree chamfer bit and running the pieces on edge.
I constructed the chest using a Festool Domino, so it’s all hidden floating tenons. I used pegs in the corners where rails meet stiles to highlight the fact that there’s a joint there. This implied joint is a fun detail.
I wanted to highlight the foot of the chest, where it meets the ground. I feel that this grounds a piece nicely. I decided to do a small indent that “fades away” in two dimensions (up and in) and is about 1/16″ at its deepest. I created this by first scribing the outer edges using a marking gauge and then chiseling the fade/slant right near the scribe line. I then chiseled away the waste from the outer edge (fading to nothing) into the edge.
The rails all got a slanted, curved, indented feature that was created on the tablesaw. I judged where I wanted the deepest part to be (about 1/16″ deep) and then angled the tablesaw blade to “fade away” to nothing about 1/4″ from the bottom edge. I used the tablesaw blade profile to define the outer corners. I had to put the piece in place against the fence and then raise the spinning blade into the piece. Since the blade was angled, I couldn’t drop the rail down onto the blade.
I embedded some magnets into the lower side rail. I think Kyra will have fun attaching things to the sides! I used a forstner bit to make the 1/2″ holes and dropped a rare earth magnet in. I added a small peg to keep the magnet pushed against the front edge. Then attached a small piece of wood on the back to hold everything in place.
All of those details really make this toy chest that much more elegant.