I decided to build a toy chest for my son. I did go to Ikea and Pier 1 Imports, but I was very disappointed with what they had to offer. Ikea is great if you are a college student or a recent college graduate moving into your first apartment, but for a 50 year old father of two I wanted something a bit more substantial. Pier 1 Imports had a couple of decent chests for storing toys and blankets that were attractive but were made with very inexpensive materials. So I went to Home Depot and bought the lumber to build a chest for my son. This served two purposes, 1) I would build a substantially better chest and 2) I would get to spend the day with my son. Living in a rowhouse has limited space. There is no garage and no basement for storage, so you must be constantly vigilant in improvising on space. These pictures are the result of my efforts. I spent about $100 and it took me 5 hours and I had a memorable time with my 5 year old son. In addition, the woods I used were oak, birch, poplar and pine, significantly superior woods to those I would have gotten from Ikea or Pier 1 Imports. I am yet to build a lid for this toy chest.