Toys #1: Dinosaur Motif Kitchen

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Blog entry by olivine posted 10-20-2011 05:41 AM 1105 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My three-year-old daughter likes to help my wife and I cook in the kitchen. It’s nice that she wants to help but isn’t a lot that she can usually do that is both safe and/or unlikely to ruin the meal. Sometimes she decides to try and start meals without us, let me tell you. Toys + flour + eggs don’t mix will well and are quite the pain to clean. I decided that maybe she needed something else to keep her busy while we cook so I set about designing and building her a kitchen of her own.

It still isn’t quite finished, it is missing the doors and drawers, but as soon as she saw that I was installing the oven and faucet controls she wanted to know when it could come into “her” house.

The kitchen is made of 5/8” Baltic Birch ply and has burners made from Poplar, oven knobs made from scrap Ash, faucet knobs from Paduk and a faucet from hard Maple and Cocobolo.

And since I’m an Earth scientist, I couldn’t help but adding a T-Rex inspired support to the shelf.


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#1 posted 10-20-2011 07:01 AM

that is fantastic! What a great way to involve the child and give her the sense of purpose and playall at the same time. in the T Rex supports… Fantastic! Great build and thanks for sharing it.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#2 posted 10-20-2011 08:09 AM

Great job. I’m sure she will use it alot. I like the way she is using a oven mit thats cute.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#3 posted 10-20-2011 03:59 PM

Wow, that is adorable! I’m sure that she will love this toy for a long time. And you did a fantastic job on the build, too. Thanks for sharing.

-- Brian

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#4 posted 10-21-2011 05:33 AM

Bravo Dad!!

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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