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Toy Chest/Coffee Table


RHeffernan
RHeffernan
RHeffernan
RHeffernan

My family had the need for a coffee table and a place to store some of our son's toys in our living room. I found some hinges that could create a way for us to open the toy chest without moving things off the table everytime. We had some heart pine barnwood from my father in law's old barn I used for the table top. I cleaned them up with a Ryobi Planer and used a Ryobi Biscuit Joiner, then glued and clamped the top. I then sanded and finished with a Polyurethane. For the toy chest I used 4x4s for the legs and ripped a sheet of panel board for the sides to give it some texture. I framed it with 1x3s to give it some strength. I used 3/4" plywood to give it a solid base. I assembled using glue and a Ryobi Brad Nailer. I screwed some scrap 2x4s to mount the hinges. I finished it all with a sand and two coats of paint. My son quickly filled the toy chest with his toys.

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  • Super sweet build! Looks like the little guy likes it, too!
    By RYOBI NATION, on September 17, 2018

  • Excellent work.  I especially like the colors / finishes you chose, they really complement each other.
    By grover959, on September 17, 2018

  • Nicely done sir! A fine use of the old faithful 't1-11' siding. At least that's what we would call it here in CT. A conglomeration of scraps some would relegate to the firepit, is now a fine looking piece of furniture and an inspiring project. Thanks for sharing your expertise and your family.
    By Peter Norkawich , on October 4, 2018

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Toy Chest/Coffee Table

by RHeffernan
Sep 15, 2018
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My family had the need for a coffee table and a place to store some of our son's toys in our living room. I found some hinges that could create a way for us to open the toy chest without moving things off the table everytime. We had some heart pine barnwood from my father in law's old barn I used for the table top. I cleaned them up with a Ryobi Planer and used a Ryobi Biscuit Joiner, then glued and clamped the top. I then sanded and finished with a Polyurethane. For the toy chest I used 4x4s for the legs and ripped a sheet of panel board for the sides to give it some texture. I framed it with 1x3s to give it some strength. I used 3/4" plywood to give it a solid base. I assembled using glue and a Ryobi Brad Nailer. I screwed some scrap 2x4s to mount the hinges. I finished it all with a sand and two coats of paint. My son quickly filled the toy chest with his toys.