Toy Chest

Toy Chest project
Toy Chest project

One of the great things about my blog is that I will get to write about some of my projects. I feel that my photo gallery of jobs is limited because it is merely an image of a project without the story behind the scenes. With the majority of my projects a great amount of my time is spent problem solving so this will give me the opportunity to share my experiences. The first project I would like to talk about is a toy chest I build a few years ago for my children. It was a simple project as you can see from the photo but it has an interesting story which will show you a little of who I am as a tradesman, grandson and father.

My grandfather was an interesting man. A product of the Great Depression, he was a extremely resourceful man. About fifteen years ago he needed to to re sidewall his garage with new barn board. Most people would go down to the local lumber supplier and buy boards or hire someone to do it for them. Not my Papa, He started cutting down ninety foot pine trees from his yard. He spent a whole summer milling them with a chainsaw. Everyone thought he was crazy, mostly the neighbors, but he got his garage resided. Shortly after he passed away and we were cleaning out the garage we found the leftover boards that he did not use. In short they were the rejects. I looked at them and I thought that it would be a waist to throw them away. I got the bright idea to build something from them, but i wanted to be special. That is why I chose the toy box. I wanted for my children to have something that they could look at and learn a little about there great grand father.

I tried to accomplish this with the design of the box. Overall it is simple and utilitarian just like Papa. I made the proportions of the box large to give it a strong and solid feel which was a lot like him. The most interesting design element I used was the wooden hinge. This was a bit of a challenge for be but it works well with the piece. extremely simple in design it does its job and works well. Plus I did not have to buy a metal hing. Any one that knew my grandfather would agree that he would have been proud of me not buying something. To many this might seem like a waist but to me it was one of the best pieces I have ever constructed. Not only was it a challenge tooling native pine boards that were milled with a chain saw but to me it was completing a project with my grandfather in true fashion. He had started it and I finished it. Creating a piece that represents him for all to see. To me my grandfather will live on in this piece.