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Default Replica of Grandson's Toybox

As some of you may remember, I made a toy box for my grandson and received a lot of good advice from the forum members while I was building it. Thank you all for that!

I decided to build another one for my wife, but this time, I constructed it on a 1/4 scale for her to use as a keepsake box. I built this small version out of cherry just like the full size one. Even though the toy box was small, it still offered its own challenges. One example was routing the molding that goes around the inside of the picture frames. It's really small. I started out by resawing a piece of 3/4" cherry to a width of 1/8". Then I ran this resawn board along the tip of a 1/8" round nose bit followed by ripping the board so the molding was the necessary width. Another challenge I had was trying to keep the lid from cupping after I joined the three pieces with glue. If you look at the right hand side, you can see the curvature of the lid. Yeah, I wasn't all that successful fending off that challenge. I thought I had it clamped pretty well. Anyone have any ideas how I can prevent that in my future projects? The boards used for the top are 3/16" thick. I finished the box with several coats of spray lacquer.

The original toy box was about 33" wide. This one is about 8" wide which makes it pretty close to 1/4 scale.

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edit: oops, I should have put this in the Show 'N Tell forum. My apologies Cricket.
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Looks very nice Chuck.

As for the cupping, one method I have been told about is to alternate the grain on each board. ie if the grain turns down on one board, the next should turn up. This way, as the wood ages and dries, the opposing grains help keep the panel straight.
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Nicely done, Chuck. The box is more than just for keepsakes, it is a keepsake itself.
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