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Project by drbyte posted 03-07-2016 09:56 PM 1925 views 16 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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





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rubber_ducky

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#1 posted 03-07-2016 10:13 PM

Great idea. Don’t let the little guy get his mitts on an smartphone or tablet or he’ll never want anything else.

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jasonallen

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#2 posted 03-07-2016 10:26 PM

These have been getting pretty popular lately, or maybe I’ve just recently noticed. I think maybe I need to make one for my 13 month old son.

-- Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

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Hawaiilad

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#3 posted 03-07-2016 10:44 PM

Great idea. I was making one a few years ago for one of our Grandsons, but the daughter didn’t think it was a good idea..worried he would get hurt on it from some of the pieces. So I didn’t make it…go forward two years later and on a visit to their house, among the toys I found something like it they bought at the “Store”...so I guess that one was fine to play with?????

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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dougsshop

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#4 posted 03-07-2016 10:58 PM

that is a very good idea i have one started and now have more gadgets to add. thx for posting.

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drbyte

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#5 posted 03-08-2016 01:03 AM

Thanks guys! Make one if you’ve got a toddler around, they will love it, just keep safety of little fingers in mind. I made one for my son about 34 years ago and he played with it for years, different type but something to do with him and keep him busy, he thoroughly enjoyed it for years!

-- Dennis, WV

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Dutchy

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#6 posted 03-08-2016 07:13 AM

Great idea.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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murch

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#7 posted 03-08-2016 05:23 PM

Good project. The toddler will probably grow up to be a safe-cracker or escape artist lol.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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glclark46

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#8 posted 03-08-2016 05:44 PM

Awesome idea..gonna make one today for the “Little Guy”!

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Richard

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#9 posted 03-08-2016 08:25 PM



Great idea. I was making one a few years ago for one of our Grandsons, but the daughter didn t think it was a good idea..worried he would get hurt on it from some of the pieces. So I didn t make it…go forward two years later and on a visit to their house, among the toys I found something like it they bought at the “Store”...so I guess that one was fine to play with?????

- Hawaiilad


Mothers can be Very PICKY what they let their kids play with. You should have made one for him to use while at your house.

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clieb91

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#10 posted 03-12-2016 11:23 PM

That is a pretty busy board. Great selection of items on it.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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