Frame & Panel Toy-Box
This toy-box is constructed using mortise and tenon joinery for all of the rails and stiles. The panels are made so they nest deeper than normal for added strength and durability. As we all know toy boxes usually end up being extra seating for adults and a climbing area for the kids.
All of the top rails sit ¾” lower than the legs to help avoid little fingers getting pinched when the lid comes down. In addition to the piano hinge used to attach the lid, it is imperative that you add soft closing hinges to avoid any serious injuries.
When I constructed this toy box I used oak for the rails and stiles and walnut for the panels just to add some flare. Any choice of woods will look great.
Make note the lid panels are not typical frame and panel, the panels rest in a ¼” rabbet cut in the lid rails and stiles again for added strength.
I’m sure the recipient of this toy-box will appreciate the capacity and another piece of fine furniture in their room.