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Wednesday, March 25, 2009


My wife asked me to build a toybox for our youngest son because she was tired of seeing his toys all over the house. I drew up the design and printed the cutlist from Sketchup and was able to put the thing together in a couple of hours on a Saturday. She wanted to leave it unfinished for now and then paint it to match his room in the near future. I used 3/4 cabinet grade Birch plywood and assembled the entire thing with pocket screws. Very simple to make. In fact my wife has suggested making a few to sell which is fine with me as it doesn't take much to motivate be to build something.

The images below are of the finished and unpainted box. I've also included the design and cut list images.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Sideboard - Finished

Finally finished. Overall the project turned out pretty much as I had imagined it and I'm pleased with the results. There were a few lessons learned and some mental notes taken about what not to do next time. I made a few mid-build design changes but it came out close to what I had originally designed with in Sketchup.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Sideboard - Design

As soon as my pew box project was done I was asked to build a sideboard - or at least that is what my mother-in-law was wanting to buy. She could not find what she wanted and asked if I could design and build one. Technically this may not be a sideboard so please forgive my furniture ignorance but that is what I will call it unless someone gives me a better name. It's designed to be more functional than ornamental.

As of now I'm working on getting the final coats of poly on it before putting the top and doors on for the final assembly.

In the meantime I'm posting pictures of some of the design images I created in Google Sketchup. I also found a plug-in that will generate a cutlist from the dimensions in the design. Very nice tool to have - and it's free!!!