Cedar Lined Chest
This multipurpose chest was built for my brother's kids to be used as a toy chest for now. My intentions were to make it nice enough for them to also use later in life as a blanket chest. To make it solid but easier to build, I used factory made pine planks for the main sides and top. The bottom is 1/4" plywood lined inside with tongue and groove cedar that can be bought from the big box stores. I used high quality pine to make my own molding. To keep the kids little fingers from getting pinched by the lid shutting on them accidentally, I used special hinges that keep the door securely open at any angle. To make it easier to move or carry, I used a router and a template to cut ergonomic holes in the sides for a hand to comfortably fit in to and grip. To do this, I scanned the garage for a simple example. I found it when I noticed the grip handles on the red gasoline containers. 20 minutes later I had a simple but effective pattern cut in to a template board. To make the finished product pop, I used stained colored pieces in strategic places all over the different layers to add a framing effect around the contrasting blond colors of the pine that was left natural.