Eden DIY: Next Meeting Topic; Wood Storage Box. What kind of finish would you like to see?

ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Hey folks. For the next meeting I am going to show how to make a simple storage box out of wood that anyone with a Home Depot or Lowes close by can make as they can do the cutting for you. All you will have to do is sand, glue, nail it together and run a few screws in.

What I need to know is what kind of finish y'all would like to see. I love natural wood with no stain or paint and a rough look but as this is for you I felt I should ask what y'all think. Options are below for you to vote on, which ever finish gets the most votes will be the finish I show you.

Remember, everyone is invited to answer the poll and to come and join in the meeting. In fact, I would love to see y'all come and join in the fun.
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
Plain/no finish
DeliciousSurprise , Missy May , PassionateLover2
3  (7%)
Stained
Sex Positivity , RomanticGoth , ellejay , Kitka , sunkissedJess , sexxxkitten , humblepie , EvilHomer , Terri69 , Lily Night , wrmbreze , darthkitt3n , tA , PropertyOfPotter , closed account , KyotoAngel , joja , Beck , namelesschaos , Passion plum , JessCee , Sinfully , ScarletFox , Dixiemomma , P'Gell , mikebooks , SMichelle , macho99 , Melan!e , PeaceToTheMiddleEast , klucas88 , Nora29714 , sweetiejo
33  (73%)
Painted
Owl , Sammi , Master DarkWolf , DreamWolf , GONE! , kendra30752 , KrissyNovacaine , brevado , CinLuvsBre
9  (20%)
Total votes: 45
Poll is closed
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Kitka Kitka
I like dark stains personally
06/01/2012
Missy May Missy May
I say plain/no finish. I am probably going to add fabric to mine and make it all prettified and girly. But if you decide to paint or stain it those who want a plain/no finish can just skip that part. =)
06/01/2012
sunkissedJess sunkissedJess
I also am going to want to add fabric to mine. Although, I love the idea of stained wood.
06/01/2012
sexxxkitten sexxxkitten
I like stained wood.
06/01/2012
humblepie humblepie
Personally I like stain, but I already know how to stain wood so it isn't a big deal. Will you have instruction on how to add a lock? I'm not sure how complex that would be, but it would be pretty useful.
06/01/2012
Master DarkWolf Master DarkWolf
A decoratively painted box is always nice. My Baby is making one too now, still at the wooden parts yet...
06/01/2012
DreamWolf DreamWolf
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Originally posted by Master DarkWolf
A decoratively painted box is always nice. My Baby is making one too now, still at the wooden parts yet...
Yup, I should get back to it already... ^^
06/01/2012
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Quote:
Originally posted by humblepie
Personally I like stain, but I already know how to stain wood so it isn't a big deal. Will you have instruction on how to add a lock? I'm not sure how complex that would be, but it would be pretty useful.
What I have is a simple hook and loop type latch but a small lockable latch could be easily substituted.
06/02/2012
GONE! GONE!
I like painted or stained.
06/02/2012
Terri69 Terri69
Stained or painted
06/02/2012
Illusional Illusional
Water resistant!
06/02/2012
kendra30752 kendra30752
Quote:
Originally posted by ToyTimeTim
Hey folks. For the next meeting I am going to show how to make a simple storage box out of wood that anyone with a Home Depot or Lowes close by can make as they can do the cutting for you. All you will have to do is sand, glue, nail it together and ... More
Paint would be super interesting!
06/02/2012
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Quote:
Originally posted by Illusional
Water resistant!
Either paint or stain can be water resistant as both can be finished with a clear coat or polyurethane.

The question is, why are you putting your toys away wet?
06/02/2012
PropertyOfPotter PropertyOfPotter
Quote:
Originally posted by ToyTimeTim
Either paint or stain can be water resistant as both can be finished with a clear coat or polyurethane.

The question is, why are you putting your toys away wet?
Perhaps in case lubes leak? I know before I had a lot of toys, I stored my toys and lube in the same case. I'm excited for this! I chose stain. Are you going to make it with a latch that can have a lock put on it? That would be amazing!
06/02/2012
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Quote:
Originally posted by PropertyOfPotter
Perhaps in case lubes leak? I know before I had a lot of toys, I stored my toys and lube in the same case. I'm excited for this! I chose stain. Are you going to make it with a latch that can have a lock put on it? That would be amazing!
What I have is a simple hook and loop type latch but a small lockable latch could be easily substituted.

As far as lube goes, I was thinking of adding a little extra part about a lube holder. The problem is not all lube bottles are the same size, as such we would have to make a big box in order to fit any potential bottle. Possible for sure, it's just hard to make a "One size fits all" box. Although, once you build the first one the next ones become much easier to do. So building the bigger box on your own is a possibility.
06/02/2012
KyotoAngel KyotoAngel
While I prefer the look of a dark stained wood myself I'd say just go with whatever you'd prefer or which ever happens to be the most convenient. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to paint or stain a wooden box after all, I mean they sell plain wood items for even children to paint themselves.
^_^
06/03/2012
Beck Beck
I also prefer a dark stained wood. Either way though, it doesn't matter.
06/03/2012
namelesschaos namelesschaos
I prefer stained wood but anyway would be interesting.
06/03/2012
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Quote:
Originally posted by KyotoAngel
While I prefer the look of a dark stained wood myself I'd say just go with whatever you'd prefer or which ever happens to be the most convenient. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to paint or stain a wooden box after all, I mean they ... More
I hear ya, the question is though, how many of those stains are A) safe for the toy and B) safe for insertion?

As I want to keep everyone safe from harm, I would need to research which kinds of sealers would be best for all around safety. Since it seems, at least right now, that everyone is liking stain, I was thinking of doing a Butcher Block type treatment. The one we have at work contains Mineral oil enriched with vitamin E for conditioning, so far that is the best I have found as far as safety goes. Still not sure though. The other option is to do a Polyurethane coating, that is something not everyone knows how to do right.
06/03/2012
PassionateLover2 PassionateLover2
I voted plain depending upon the type of wood you use. For example if you use Cedar Wood, it has a wonderful smell that can give off an aroma in a closet, storage container, or Chest-of Drawers. It has a good grain contrast, and I also think it is easy to work with as well. You can always stain or paint over it if your not happy with the finished product.


PS. Do we need to bring any cookies?

06/03/2012
PassionateLover2 PassionateLover2
Quote:
Originally posted by ToyTimeTim
I hear ya, the question is though, how many of those stains are A) safe for the toy and B) safe for insertion?

As I want to keep everyone safe from harm, I would need to research which kinds of sealers would be best for all around safety. ... More
You might like to look into a cotton-seed oil. It seals the wood and reveals the grain.
06/03/2012
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Quote:
Originally posted by PassionateLover2
I voted plain depending upon the type of wood you use. For example if you use Cedar Wood, it has a wonderful smell that can give off an aroma in a closet, storage container, or Chest-of Drawers. It has a good grain contrast, and I also think it is ... More
Not required but with cookies like those it may be mandatory. YUMMY!!!
06/03/2012
Sinfully Sinfully
stained
06/03/2012
Dixiemomma Dixiemomma
something stained, nice, classy and discrete
06/03/2012
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
What do y'all think about a natural stain like Coffee? KyotoAngel sent me a link to a website that has some cool organic wood stains that are natural and non-toxic.
06/04/2012
P'Gell P'Gell
OK, living with a Handyman myself, I'm a veteran of "no stain, plain wood." Tim, it's a bitch to clean! Dirt and dust gets into the crevasses of the wood, even if it's really well sanded, and it may attract more bacteria and stuff. Also, plain wood tends to attract skin oils and you get unattractive dark spots.

I have more dirty looking plug covers and light switch covers, because my husband likes plain wood. I end up bleaching them, and scrubbing the hell out of them, but they never look clean again. And they aren't SMOOTH enough for me.

I have a hell of a time with some of the woodwork in our house, as it's impossible to clean. The cleaning cloths or dust "foofies" (y'know those fluffy disposable ones you have a handle for) leave stuff behind, on nearly invisible bits of wood that grab the fuzzies.

I really like a clean, smooth finish.

Either a light stain, or a pickled wood look or just polyurethane for the finish.

Personally, I like light colored wood. for years we had nearly everything either pine colored or pickled wood. It just looks cleaner and nicer to me. I'm not a fan of dark wood in most things. Our water bed is a dark cherry and I HATE it.

That's just me, though.
06/04/2012
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
I'm indifferent to color, but I would like some type of finish to protect it and make it easier to clean.
06/06/2012
amazon amazon
Easier to clean both inside and out.
06/06/2012
brevado brevado
Pearlescent
06/06/2012
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