Giraffe Pull Toy

Simon’s Giraffe Toy

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.

Small Kids Chair

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.

Simon’s New Chair

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.

Chair parts

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.

Seat Slats

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.

Chair bottom

I sanded it all down before the assembly and then again afterwards. I finished with spray paint and clear coat.

Finished Chair

Busy Board for Simon

Busy Board

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.

Raised Garden Bed

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.

Raised Garden Bed

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.

Plants

Carving a Spoon Bowl

I was wanting a small bowl to put my spoon on for when I make coffee in the mornings. I had a scrap oak board and used the angle grinder with a sand flap disk to carve out a long shallow bowl. I finished it with tung oil and it is working well.

A different type of wood or with a closed grain would work better I think, but since this doesn’t see much use it will do.

Wooden Spoon Bowl

The angle grinder took out most of the material, I used a belt grinder to smooth the flats, and then hand sanded with 220 grit sandpaper.