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Project by dansnow posted 05-10-2014 12:41 AM 995 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Was looking for learning/teaching toys to add to our shop, but couldn’t find a shape box I liked. So I grabbed a pencil and started sketching.

The box is 5.5” square to take advantage of inexpensive 5.5” wide by 1/2” thick poplar available at our local Lowes. Shapes are all around 2” across, except for the rectangle that is 1” x 3”. 2” ball added to the top for a handle. The top only goes on one way makiing it the 10th shape.

The prototype showed me a couple of the sides need to have the openings rearranged to avoid a thin section near the top.

Thanks for looking.

-- Dan Snow & Son Wooden Toys & Gifts





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CFrye

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#1 posted 05-10-2014 06:09 AM

Nicely done, Dan! What kind of paint/finish did you use? What would you think of making the shaped pieces thicker? It seems little fingers wrapping around the shapes would get in the way. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 05-10-2014 08:27 AM

Great looking box…looks a bit like the one I just finished, and I used Poplar as well.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#3 posted 05-10-2014 12:09 PM

Very cool DAN

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 05-10-2014 01:32 PM

I’ll bet that’s going to be a favorite! Well done!

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#5 posted 05-10-2014 02:26 PM

I have considered making the shapes thicker, but not sure if they would all fit iin the cube if I did. :)
Might give it a try.

The shapes are colored with food dye in denatured alcohol, then a clear gloss lacquer finish.

-- Dan Snow & Son Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#6 posted 05-10-2014 03:21 PM

It’s a great design for the little ones and I bet it will do well for you.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#7 posted 05-12-2014 06:29 PM

Nice work, I may like to try one myself, can you tell me the Height of the sides? Thanks.

-- Pete in NC

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dansnow

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#8 posted 05-12-2014 06:34 PM

The sides are 6” high plus a 1/2” thick base. The top is set in flush, so total height is 6.5” without the knob.

Did that totally confuse everything? Hope not.

Currently working on a new design where I swapped out a couple shapes for different ones, and eliminated one shape. Re-arranged the shapes to eliminate a couple thin sections on the sides, and made the shapes from 3/4” stock instead of 1/2” per suggestion to give little fingers more to grab.

-- Dan Snow & Son Wooden Toys & Gifts

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ptofimpact

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#9 posted 05-12-2014 07:27 PM

Dan thank you that helps a bunch, and I have some Pine, 3/4 thick by 7 1/4 Wide, and 49” Long, hoping to use that. appreciate your time and help.

-- Pete in NC

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#10 posted 05-12-2014 07:34 PM

Guys, when I built one of these I also make a small one (about this same size) and found the a larger one not only offered more area for more shapes, but they all would fit inside the box.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#11 posted 05-12-2014 07:35 PM

Suggestion if I may? If you’re going to be using 3/4 pine, make the sides at least 3/4” wider to allow room inside for all the pieces. Don’t ask how I know this! LOL!!!! :)

-- Dan Snow & Son Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#12 posted 05-12-2014 07:37 PM

Not to worry Hawaiilad, all the bits fit inside :) I checked before I glued anything together.

-- Dan Snow & Son Wooden Toys & Gifts

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