FOR THE KIDS


SANDPIT WITH SEATS


So I saw this really cool sandpit online @ AnaWhite.com that I really wanted to make for my 3 year old son, what I really like is that there are 2 bench style seats that when he is done playing with it fold away to become an entire cover for the pit that keep big creatures away from the sand , last thing I need is to be cleaning turds from various creatures out of, the only draw back I can see is that it will not keep out all the elements so I will probably throw a tarp over it when the wet and snow season. There is no social joinery on this its all but joint but I did put dowels to cover all screw holes and flush cut the dowels

Anyway materials needed for this project:( all wood in this project is pressure treated, suitable for ground contact)

  • (2) 2×8x8( although what I saw online was 1×8, but that wasn’t available and I had to alter the plans ever so much).
  • (2) 2×4x8
  • (6) 1×4x8
  • (8) butt hinges
  • (4) door pulls

These are some sketchup plans that are very close to the finished project the only thing I added was 2 center braces in the middle of the cover which when rotated forms more support for the back of the seat.


TODDLER WORKBENCH FOR $25.00

When my son was two he loved  helping me with my projects and loves a screw gun so I thought it was a good time make him his own little workbench I took some measurement from him and added a little more so as that he can grow into the bench but still use it now…

I designed it as usual on Sketchup using 2×4 solely and a little pegboard and you can see some dimensions but I suggest you decided how big or small yours needs to be…

Shopping list

  • (4) 2×4’s
  • (1) 2’x2’ pegboard ( my dimensions were 22”x24” wide
  • (1 box) 3” screws

Cut list:

  • (6) 2×4x24” ( bottom shelf, main work surface , top stretcher)
  • (2) 2×4x45” ( back legs)
  • (2) 2×4x23.5” (front legs)
  • (4) 2×4x9” ( side stretchers)

I think it came awesome and he has been playing with it for hours, all that’s left is for me to get him some toy tool…...


TOY TRAIN SHELF UNIT

So a friend of my sons asks me could I make a storage shelf for all his toy trains and I figured that a unit in the shape of a train would be awesome .

It’s basically built with plain old 1×3 lumber and it’s held together with a series of dados that shelves fit into it.

Each shelf has 2 groves cut into it mimicking Train tracks so as they don’t fall out.

And it’s just all held together with glue.