Gingerbread Houses #1: Explanation and Plans

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Blog entry by cheller posted 11-18-2007 05:28 AM 4677 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Each year on the first weekend of December I travel to New Jersey to spend the weekend with my nephew, who is now 6. We go swimming at the hotel, have lunch out, and work on a project. The first project, when he was 2, was a set of shelves for the very small first floor bathroom of their house. He didn’t help a lot with that, although he was very sure to make sure that I fixed the bathroom door which had to be removed from the hinges to provide enough room to work in the tiny bathroom. Each year since I’ve taken down a project for him and me to work on.

Last year he suggested that we make houses this year. This still sounded like a good idea to him when we spoke last month. I spent some time looking for patterns, but didn’t find anything that looked like it would work. Criteria for this project are that it had to be easily transportable, couldn’t take too much time to create, and had to be something that a six year old could do most of the work putting together.

Finally it hit me. We could make a wooden gingerbread house. First I needed a pattern. I headed to the kitchen and pulled out the gingerbread house cookie cutters. With those as inspiration I turned to the computer and SketchUp. Several hours later I had a pattern I thought would work. I adjusted the pattern so that all of the angles are 45 degrees to make it easier to set tools for cuts.

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One gable end and the door side of the house.

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The same gable end and the other side of the house.

The other gable end only has the round window.

Next step milling the parts.

-- Chelle

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#1 posted 11-18-2007 06:53 AM

One very, very lucky nephew. I’m sure that teaching him these little things now will pay off in the future for both he and you. Have a great time on your visit.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 11-18-2007 07:58 AM

Chelle you are the perfect Aunt – should be a fun project for you guys to build. Now, you say you go to New Jersey In December and you and your nephew go swimming? Hope it a heated pool, brrrrr

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 11-18-2007 02:57 PM

Bill – you’ve got me laughing. Indoor pool. I may be crazy – when we are on vacation in the summer I swim in the lake every morning no matter what the weather (except lightning cause I’m not that crazy); 56 degrees out no problem – but swimming outdoors in New Jersey in December is not going to happen.

-- Chelle

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#4 posted 11-19-2007 04:50 AM

Good luck on the construction. I’m sure you both will have lots of fun.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 11-22-2007 09:19 PM

how wonderful

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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