Matchbox-Hot Wheels Garage-Service Center-Car Park

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Project by drbyte posted 02-15-2017 05:38 PM 1981 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not your basic fine furniture project here but a fun one for the 2 year old grand son’s birthday coming soon. He loves playing with the small Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars. The walls are 1/2 inch Baltic Birch. The door frames are Birch strips. The guard-rail around the curved part of the ramp is vinyl siding but everything else is wood of some sort. The building has a thin aluminum “false floor” so when cars are parked in the garage and a string is pulled up (seen a little in photo 3 and 4) the aluminum (hinged at the front) lifts up and all the cars in the garage roll out (right over the grates in the door way). All the signs were printed on 4×6 glossy photo paper then cut out and applied with spray on adhesive. After all paint and signs were finished it got about 4 coats of poly from the air-brush to protect it all. Have already started a Fire Station (Fire-Police-EMS all in one) to go with the garage. Might have to cut some “road” from strips of laminate flooring and paint them gray too.

-- Dennis, WV

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#1 posted 02-15-2017 07:01 PM

This is simply amazing. I know even my 6 year old grandson would adore this.

#2 posted 02-15-2017 07:46 PM

Wow, my son was going to love this car garage.

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#3 posted 02-15-2017 08:08 PM

That is so cool!
Your grandson will love it

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#4 posted 02-15-2017 08:29 PM

It’s a very nice toy and the kids will love it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#5 posted 02-15-2017 08:37 PM

Brings back fond memories of …............. arguing over who had the coolest and fastest Matchbox ;) Looks great! You’re giving him part of a little world to immerse himself in.

And yes, they are fond memories of playing with pals for hours on end with not a care or worry in the world.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn :)

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#6 posted 02-15-2017 11:06 PM

Neat toy and very well done.

Are YOU having fun yet?

When we make toys we get to play with them FIRST! Now you have to make a min-”mater” like my avatar. Much smaller that one was about 6-1/2 feet long.

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#7 posted 02-15-2017 11:17 PM

Way cute and will help his imagination go to town instead of video games and the like.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#8 posted 02-15-2017 11:28 PM

Projects like this bring the most pleasure, especially when you see the child’s smile. Well done.

-- Julian

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#9 posted 02-16-2017 12:30 AM

This no doubt will be a big hit with him. I can see him playing for hours with this. Well done!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#10 posted 02-16-2017 01:39 AM

I want to play with this one!

-- Dave - York, Maine

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#11 posted 02-16-2017 06:25 AM

Looks too cool! Very well built and painted/I like those stickers too. I remember, I bought some plastic, very expensive garages for my boys when they were younger! Whit skills I have today, that would be my project too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 02-16-2017 03:13 PM

Thanks so much for all the great comments! I had GREAT fun making it and more fun to come with him for sure!!! Have a Fire Station started (since I am a FF) also. Hope to get it finished soon. Again Thanks to all!

-- Dennis, WV

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#13 posted 02-16-2017 08:15 PM

Better than fine furniture as there is hours of fun and play ahead while lasting for many years…top job, sir.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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