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on: December 07, 2017 11:42:51 AM 
Started by lil_abi, Message by lil_abi
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Be kind, as I haven't been back here since shortly after my kids were born!  Well, they're turning 6 next week (twins, natch), and my son wants me to make him something special.  I do sewing projects with my daughter.  She picks out what she wants, she designs it, and I sew.  She's even asked for a sewing machine for her birthday, which warms the cockles of my heart.

My son, however, is not as easily satisfied.  I've made him PJ pants, I've made him a felted-sweater jacket, and I've even sewn a couple of pairs of boxers (which he will not wear.  Adamantly.) He asked instead for the following:

A parking garage, to hold his vast quantities of matchbox/hotwheels cars.  He has over 150, so clearly it won't hold them all.  It also has to have parking spaces (garage bays), and a garage door that opens with an external (child-driven) handle.  In his words: "one side of it is opened".  It has a "silver thing that can open and close to let the cars out" (garage door), and a "handle on one of the sides that can open and close the box". 

I was thinking either cardboard box, or foam-core-based box, with lift-up hinged lid so he can see what he's doing inside.  I played with the idea of a window as the lid (old-school 4 over 4), but I don't have access to real wood-working tools.  The crank handle I think I can get at Home Depot, and I've kind of worked out how to make it crank, playing with the idea of a tambour-style door

I found this image from an old Martha Stewart Kids Spring/Winter 2003 magazine (out of print, not available online in archives, not available on eBay when I looked).  My son liked the visuals.  I can't access directions or supply list, but I can guess at much of it.  The link from my source page is also dead.  But here's the original idea:

There are many examples of cardboard box matchbox car garage on Pinterest, but I want it to look nice.  I want to transform the medium (Think Project Runway unconventional materials challenge) and take my inspiration from Martha. 

I just need access to the think-tank that is Craftster!

Please help! 
on: December 07, 2017 01:45:58 PM 
Started by lil_abi, Message by alwaysinmyroom
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How about a different bread box?  Like this:

You could paint the door to look like pavement...just paint a window or two, make a sign, etc. I think this is only limited to your imagination!  How fun!

It would be easy to add a ramp to the "roof"...

I would buy the simplest one you could find...no fancy stuff so it could be painted and decorated the way you want.
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