My wife’s Aunt asked if I could make another toy box just like the one I did for my niece Abby for Christmas in 2013. This one would be for her Granddaughter Aislyn. I let her know how much it would cost, which was the cost of the hinges, purpleheart and the plug cutters I would need to buy to make it. I didn’t charge for the wood as my neighbour had given me a lot of birch a few years ago for basically nothing. After much procrastinating, I got started.

I had about 5 months notice to get this done, but it was pretty cold out in my shop so I didn’t spend much time in there from Christmas to March. I need to get a more cost effective way of heating the shop other than the electric heater I have. In April it started to warm up and started working on the toy box.

I said I was going to use regular hinges and a soft close stay to keep it up like I ended up using on Abby’s toy box. I saw other videos on YouTube where they used Rockler’s Lid-Stay Torsion Hinges on lids that would be used by children. These hinges stay exactly where you leave them and do not move without someone moving it themselves. They are very pricey, about $70 a pair, but I thought the safety feature was worth the cost. The only problem is that according to their calculator on their website, my solid birch wood top needed 3 hinges! So for around $120 shipped, I got the hinges I needed. Quite a bit more then the $50 I planned on spending on the 2 soft close stay’s. There goes my budget!

The construction was pretty simple, as I still had the Finewoodworking article on building the box, I just had to make a few changes and cut out the letters for Aislyn out of purpleheart. Instead of doing the purpleheart strips down each side to hide the screws like I did with Abby’s toy box, I decided to buy some plug cutters from LeeValley and plug the holes with matching wood this time. And after much sanding, I finished the toy box in Polyurethane.

Toy box for Aislyn

Toy box with lid open