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« on: March 23, 2011 06:34:22 PM »

I wasn't sure which category to put this in, since you can literally play on it as a toy and store toys in it, I figured this was as good a place as any, my apologies if I'm flashin' my goods on the wrong corner. Hi, my name is what? My name is who? My name is..Sally May ...be? Ok I'm in a loopy state, since it took me literally 5 hours to upload the pics for this. Ugh, I have a terrible wifi connection. I digress... (and will again..often)

I attended a program aimed at introducing women into a more Male dominated work force a few months ago and while I was there I took a woodshop class. In said class we made, among other things, a tool box/bench. I decided since we already made toolboxes I shouldn't be greedy and started thinking about what I could do with it so my youngest son could get some use out of it. I took a pencil and had at it... since he LOVES trains I made a little train carrying the letters of his name on flatbed train cars across one side and then some of his favorite characters on the other; on the sides I made night and day with the sun and moon respectively. My son always turns everything into train tracks (including but not limited to stripes on the shoulder of a shirt I may be wearing) so here comes the fun part...I decided to make train tracks that ran along the top. I used a dremel engraver to outline the pictures and since I didn't have a router I hand chiseled the tracks (I DO NOT recommend this time consuming and hazardous endeavor).

Eventually I painted it and here's the end result... I thought it was a cute touch that I went from light blue on the side where the sun is to dark blue on the night side but kids don't notice..he just loves playing with it..and the fact that it has a handle makes him happy, he takes it all over the house to turn lights on and off, and just play wherever he wants. The pictures aren't the best and I only had dollar store brushes available or I would have detailed it more..I still plan to, and he's already spilled stuff on it etc. However, I still think it turned out pretty cool and I had alot of fun making it. (lots of craft-trance hours used... you know what I'm talkin' about) Hope you enjoy and possibly get inspired!!

Here's the munchkin enjoying his ...toybox/bench..thingy

Here's the front..with a lovely spill at the top

Here's the back which still needs more work

Here's one side

And the other side

Here's the top

« Last Edit: March 26, 2011 01:51:28 PM by sallymayhomer » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2011 07:30:37 PM »

Wow! This is great! I am definitely going to have to learn wood-working if I can crank out awesome things like this. Of COURSE he loves it. Who wouldn't?

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« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2011 12:33:25 AM »

What a cute box, and a lucky boy

« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2011 05:08:10 AM »

That's awesome!  The train track idea is genius and the painting is very good as well. 

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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2011 07:39:26 AM »

Wow, it is so neat!
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