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Topic: Back after a 6-year hiatus -- building a parking garage! BRAINSTORM  (Read 838 times)
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« on: December 07, 2017 11:42:51 AM »

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!

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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2017 01:45:58 PM »

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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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2017 01:52:33 PM »

That is clever to use an existing box, it would be sturdier than cardboard too. I remember my boy when he was 6, bit rough playing even with his most favourite things.
Painting scenes gives so much versatility as well. you can make every little thing you think up, even if it's just the image of the thing.
A ramp for the roof, the inside of the door painted like a lot/shop entrance, the sides with street scenes, shops, trees, pedestrians, etc. Tools lining the walls, windows with outside views, people... endless creativity there!
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2017 01:59:59 PM »

lol I don't have kids but now I want to make one...lol  great ideas CLM!
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