|Project by norwood||posted 01-16-2010 04:52 AM||1747 views||11 times favorited||17 comments|
Shortly after my daughter was born my brother and his wife came to our place and brought us a gift Its a rocking car they had a guy local to themselves make it for them … for us
no dont get me wrong here I love this car but like anything of size it takes up a lot of room in our already cramped house but as the nature of the gift was both fun and cool and a lasting item which could be used for many generations we have decided to keep it which was kind of a no brainer.
Stage one: The plan
For my revenge of kindness I have devised a plan to get back at them with a kind heart and cool gifts
My brother has a son who is almost one but soon he will be two and an avid swash buckling kid so I figured why not a pirate set up. Im talking swords, pistols, and eye patches my wife has agreed to use her sewing talents to provide outfits and all necessary gear to outfit two sets of pirate gear to top this all off Im hoping tomake an extra large “treasure” chest/ toy box to hold all the items we create, and the best part is if it takes us a year to complete he still will be to young to play with it. the main part of this is to both create something fun for the kids as well as creating something to nice to throw away but to BIG to fit comfortably in a standard location.
Stage Two: How to start ?....
I decided that if we are making a toy box it would be a shame to make it to small to fit all the goodies in.
So I would start with making the contents than size the box to the items.
This is the first item for the box its a good old fashioned toy sword all rounded for general safety “It is a sword after all” It has a tung oil and bees wax finish for protection of materials
I used a maple plank for the blade a scrap of cherry for the guard and pommel for the handle i used a scrap of 3/8 oak I cut little discs and stacked them for a leather look I think it turned out all right
-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most