|Project by bigbuddha||posted 04-01-2010 06:10 AM||1981 views||6 times favorited||3 comments|
I originally wanted to make this for my daughter to help give her confidence to walk (that was December 2009). Then I kept thinking of a way to make it a fun design because I didn’t want to just do a boring box so I used Adobe Illustrator to draft up some shapes. In between working, holidays, life I finally got this finished sometime February, way after she already started walking.
The box is mortise/tenon made out of red oak scraps. I should have picked something a little easier to hand chop :), it took a VERY long time to get the mortises done and poor chisels needed to be sharpened. The axle dowels for the wheels were slightly out of round so it was a little loose. I took the opportunity to do my first wedged through tenons by hand. The handles use tusk tenons because I wanted to be able to knock the handles down for storage when she’s done with it. Handle and wheels are walnut, the side bars are maple. All the wood came from the scrap bin :). Finished with Tried and True Varnish Oil.
The bumper was an afterthought because I didn’t really draw out this whole project so when I glued the wheel axles, I worried little fingers may get stuck between the front/back pieces. Next time I’ll take the time to sketch out the whole project before rushing into it.
The side handles were just pegged with 3/8” dowels that were very very tight. I ended up replacing the top dowel on each side with a thumb post screw to give it more stability because the little one uses it as a riding wagon so everyone takes turn pushing her up and down the hallway.
Now I need to make some building blocks to fill up her toy!
Thanks for looking!