Simon got a new water table from his grandmother for his birthday. It was finally warm and the weather was nice enough for us to put it together and play with.
I made Simon a giraffe pull toy on wheels for him to play with. The main part is all spray painted plywood. I cut it out using a jig saw and just followed a simple line drawing I made on the piece of wood.
I masked the whole thing off with masking tape and cut out some shapes to paint for the spots.
The wheels were 3d printed and press fit on to a dowel. The dowel can spin where it crosses through the legs, but it is still a little tight and doesn’t roll that great yet.
I built Simon a small chair for him to have on the patio next to ours. He won’t sit still yet, but maybe someday.
I made a simple design based on the scrap wood I had from other projects.
There are two rectangles for the seat and back with pocket hole joints. I used the little oval fillers to help hide them. The sides were similar, but with some overhang to make the feet stick out.
I just guessed at measurements that seemed reasonable and in good proportion based on the sizes of scrap wood available. It’s about 11 in tall and 7in wide.
The slats were made from the edges I had ripped off of some 2×4 when squaring them for another project. They were thick enough to hold a little kid.
I drilled holes and hammered in dowels to attach the seat and back to the sides. There wasn’t enough room for pocket holes.
I sanded it all down before the assembly and then again afterwards. I finished with spray paint and clear coat.
I built Simon a busy board so he can play with little connectors and doodads. He really like the door stop and the switches. I want to hook up a led to the switches at some point.
The little door on the top right was just added, but he has been playing with this for the last 3 weeks or so.
I used spray paint and spray lacquer to finish it. It’s only been a couple weeks, but the paint and the 1/2″ plywood have held up well to him crawling over it.
Amanda and I built a simple box for a raised garden bed. Its about 8x4ft and 12in tall. It held a lot of dirt. We bought 1 yard from the local city compost place and it took almost all of the dirt to fill it.
We used this guys design from his youtube video. It’s really just a big box with some 2×4 rails on top.
The little plants need to grow a little more before being moved.