After our great success with the toolbox, we immediately have begun another project, a crayon truck for my 18 month old boy. This crayon truck is from an idea out of a book – I think it’s something like “Weekend Woodworking Projects” or something. Supposed to be easy. Much non-easy stuff included, but the truck looked doable. And my little son loves both trucks AND crayons. It is in two pieces, a cab and a trailer. The cab just has wheels, but the trailer (which is articulated onto the cab with a peg) has twenty four vertical holes, each big enough for just one crayon. My daughter likes the idea so much that she is not sure she wants to give it away. I am more concerned about my ability to drill 24 perfectly vertical holes for the crayons, and also about the face that my 3/8” bit for my brace is dull and I don’t really know how to sharpen it (although – come to think of it – I do have some reference books).
Anyway I’ve cut the trailer out and marked the drill holes. Have started on the cab. The girl has been hammering some kind of strange construction that she calls a shelf. But now she wants to work on the real project, she says. So I think we’ll be painting soon. There’s some kind of fine line between letting her do the work and wanting the project to actually succeed. But painting she can do. If we had the paint. We only have pink, red, and white, which limits our choices. And no primer!
We are working every night after dinner, having banished the TV. It’s nice.
-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...