Granddaughters learning toy

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Project by Hawaiilad posted 05-04-2014 10:45 PM 1086 views 7 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hope little Violet has as much fun playing with this as I did building it. Used Poplar and cut on the table saw and Scroll saw. Finish is mineral oil and bees wax made into a paste..smooth as a babies bottom. All pieces were sanded down so they fit through the holes and the top will only set on there one way.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#1 posted 05-04-2014 11:17 PM

You are one cool grandpa Larry. Great project!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 05-05-2014 01:18 AM

That is really cool Larry. I’m sure she will love it to bits.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.

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#3 posted 05-05-2014 02:05 AM

This looks like lots of fun. Nice!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#4 posted 05-05-2014 07:07 AM

You guys can give a fellow a big head…thank you for the kind comments. I’m having a ball making toys right now. Cut some cowboys, cowgirls and horses today.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#5 posted 05-05-2014 08:49 AM

Nicely done, Larry! Does the top simply rest in the cut outs? What is your recipe for the mineral oil/bees wax? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 05-05-2014 10:47 AM

1 pint of Mineral oil, perhaps 1 lb of shaved off bees wax. Heat a sauce pan to 150 degrees. Have a thermometer that will attach to the pan. Pour in 1 pint Mineral oil, blend in the bees wax and and keep mixing until it has all melted…it can be clear or can have a honey tint to it. Find a 1 pint container with a lid. Pour into the container, seal and place in the freezer for a few hours. When completed it will feel like soft vaseline. I can be left in your shop unless the temp’s are warm…poping it in the fridg for awhile will firm it up a bit, I use an old cotton sock to wipe it on, and an old cotton t-shirt to wipe it off. Works great for me. And Yes, the top just sets in the cut outs. A very simply build box with some holes cut it the box.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#7 posted 05-05-2014 03:30 PM

Thanks, Larry!

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 05-05-2014 03:38 PM

Nicely done, Grandpa. I bet she loves it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 05-05-2014 03:55 PM

You just created a Family Heirloom Larry. Hopefully Violet will pass it on to her future children to play with. Well done Grandpa!

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

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#10 posted 05-05-2014 05:31 PM

It has to be one of your greatest creations Larry, Perhaps you should build two, one for her to take home and another for her when you two are together :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#11 posted 05-05-2014 07:25 PM

Wow, I really have a big head now. We are sending it in the mail today (they live in Calif.) and I wish we could be there to see her play. It’s said to say. none of our kids get the chance to visit here very often….sure would like it, but work and family keep them from it. I need to start building baby doll furniture. Does anyone have patterns for doll furniture that can be broken down for shipping and put back together?

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#12 posted 05-06-2014 05:56 PM

Talk to Ikea. Hah!

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Donna Menke

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#13 posted 05-06-2014 09:51 PM

Wish there was a ‘like’ button here like on FaceBook. This is a great project- and I’d like to play with it myself.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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#14 posted 05-07-2014 04:01 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed Larry! Thanks For Posting.

-- How long is a Minute? That depends on which side of the Bathroom Door You're On!

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#15 posted 05-10-2014 06:54 AM

Larry, I just realized that Violet’s fingers may get in the way when she is trying to place the shapes. Making them thicker may help?

-- God bless, Candy

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