Grandchildren's Christmas 2010 #5: Bjorn's Master Control

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Blog entry by Lee Barker posted 12-28-2010 09:12 PM 1257 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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He’s the only boy in this tribe’s generation, and boy howdy does he like guy stuff. Trucks, construction equipment, and being around his dad’s job, which is operations manager of a resort water park. Big valves and gauges and switches!

The only money expended on these five projects was $5.00 at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore to score some switches and knobs and stuff. That made up about 1/3 of the dashboard; the rest was just around the shop in boxes and drawers.

Nothing is really operational, but you can get some clicking sounds if you want them. This was by design: This is a toy of the imagination, not one of replication. Bjorn can control anything he wants with this (well, with the exception of his sister I suppose).

The dashboard itself is 17 inches wide and 16 high. The low end is 5.5 inches off the deck, the high end 11.
The labels were from an exotic stainless steel manifold which evidently once was part of a brewery.

Material is mahogany plywood, edgebanded and lacquered.

-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#1 posted 12-28-2010 09:56 PM

What a great gift for a little guy. Nice job

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 12-28-2010 10:02 PM

Now that is a bit of fun.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 12-28-2010 10:24 PM

Lee, Totally awesome idea. I’m sure he will have a lot of fun with it. Plus it allows him to use his imagination.

-- Russ

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#4 posted 12-29-2010 02:16 PM

great idea for the perfect toy….i do not know what it is but they LOVE buttons

-- Tampa-FL

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#5 posted 12-29-2010 08:54 PM

I looked at ALL of your grandchildren gifts and I’m sure all with be enjoyed for many, many years to come. They are lucky to have such a creative grandfather!

-- ~Julie~

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#6 posted 12-30-2010 04:17 AM

Now I know what I want for Christmas next year! That is so cool!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 12-30-2010 12:15 PM

very very VERY cool indeed. :)

-- Dale, Oregon

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