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Reader Showcase: Toy Box A La Land of Nod

08.29.13 By //
The Design Confidential Reader Showcase: Toy Box A La Land of Nod

A friend challenged me to build her a small toy box that was like one she saw on the Land of Nod web site.

Not one to run from a challenge I produced what you see in the opening picture.

The Design Confidential Reader Showcase: Toy Box A La Land of Nod
The Design Confidential Reader Showcase: Toy Box A La Land of Nod

It was a straightforward build except for the transition on the front that required precise cutting of angles for everything to fit properly.  Thank goodness for a bandsaw and a device that measures angles accurately.

I also rounded some edges for looks and safety with my newly acquired router.  As an added novelty I added a Shaker peg on each end but inside the box.

The final product weighs about 28 lbs which is nearly double the weight of the Land of Nod version.  I think that is the result of using wood rather than the engineered variety of wood.

Estimated Cost

If I didn’t have a scrap pile it would have cost about $50 plus painting.  I spent about $30.  Now compare that with the $199 retail price plus tax and shipping and the savings are considerable.  You also have to put it together!

Length of Time

It took me two afternoons because of the thought process and trial and error to get the front transition correct.

Lumber Used

Entirely pine from Big Blue and my scrap pile.

Finishing Technique

The interior is sanded to 120 grit and the exterior to 220 grit.  The recipient will handle the painting.

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