|Project by azwoodman||posted 04-19-2009 11:48 PM||2359 views||8 times favorited||4 comments|
How to use:
Drop a small ball in the 2” hole in the top and it will roll down to the front of the drawer. Open the drawer, pull out the ball, and do it again… and again… and again… until you get bored.
All joking aside, here is a quote from Nienhuis.com (the premier Montessori toy manufacturer):
“This material develops hand-eye coordination and indirectly allows the child to experience object permanence. It practices precise hand movements while sending information to the brain as well as develops hand, wrist and finger control – also known as “refined hand movements”. With repeated use of this material, the child learns how it feels to succeed when he has achieved a goal on his own.”
As for the construction:
Each part, except for the little pull, was made out of the same 1/2 inch baltic birch plywood as Tessa's Toy 1. The box is about 11 inches long and the back piece is about 5 1/2 inches square. I cut everything to size and to round the edges I just traced the corner of a can of tung oil that was hanging out on the shelf in the garage. It turned out to be just the right radius. Then I took each piece to the miter saw and chopped away most of each corner coming close to my line. Then I used some #80 grit sandpaper wrapped around a wooden scrap to finish rounding each corner. They aren’t identical to each other, but pretty close. I eased each edge that would be exposed with the same block so that there would be no sharp corners.
All of the joints are butt joints but I doweled the drawer together and also used some dowels to secure the back support to the main carcass. This thing will last quite a while! The finish is the same as Tessa’s Toy (1), spray can water based polyurethane with sanding up to #320 in between coats. The blue drawer front is painted and the pull is just a little wooden guy from Home Depot that I sprayed with poly.
Baltic birch plywood, butt joints with dowels, #80, #150 and #320 grit sandpaper, clamps, glue, poly spray, blue paint, and a little drawer pull from the “big box store…”
Assembled with some love and BAM! There you have it!
Thanks for looking,
-- Spencer, Gilbert Az (http://www.azwoodshop.com)