|Project by drbyte||posted 03-07-2016 09:56 PM||2226 views||16 times favorited||10 comments|
We call this type of thing a “Busy Board”, something to keep a toddler busy and maybe teach a few things also. This is .75 inch oak plywood with 1 inch x 1 inch pine all around. The pine is rabbeted .25 x .75 to cover all raw edges of the ply for safety of little fingers. Everythng has 4 coats of polycryl and all edges are rounded over with .125 radius router bit. To keep him busy I used a bicycle bell, gears, tap light, door knob, security chain, caster, idler wheel from a clothes dryer (upper right), some eye-bolts, carabiners and electric fence insulators. The barrel bolt actually has a 2 inch by 3 inch cubby-hole behind it. The large orange cap near the center is a cap and the threaded portion off a laser printer toner cartridge. I tried to keep safety at the top of the list but include some things like a magnet from a speaker (just to the right of the barrel bolt) that he could learn a little from. There are ten electric fence insulators on a .5 inch dowel that slip and slide and clack that can be used to help teach counting and simple math like an abacus maybe. Hopefully he will have lots of fun and learn a little something too. He turns 1 next week so this is his present from pawpaw! The baking sheet is there at the bottom for magnetic letters when he gets to be just a bit older, don’t want him swallowing anything! Overall size is about 25 inches x 36 inches. Hopefully he becomes proficient as I did with the spring door stops and there boingy sounds!
-- Dennis, WV