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Project by Sinister posted 09-13-2010 05:20 PM 2527 views 8 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you’re like me, you have a box full of orphan hardware sitting around. I don’t think I’ve seen a project like this anywhere else, so I decided to upload a few pictures. Basically, it’s a box with 3 chambers and 9 doors. Each door has a different latch mechanism.

I built this box of doors for my son a few years ago when he was a toddler. The idea was to give him something that would help him develop his motor dexterity. To be honest, he rarely touched it. But now he’s 6, and he plays with it more often. He puts action figures or cars in it. His imagination is better than mine so I don’t know what he’s doing, but it keeps him busy.

It’s made out of mahogany and aspen and was a good exercise in half-lap joints. It does have some small parts so I feel compelled to put a “not for age under 3” warning on it.

-- Patrick, Iowa City





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WoodenFrog

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#1 posted 09-13-2010 05:30 PM

Neat Idea! I’d play with it!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#2 posted 09-13-2010 08:24 PM

You shouldn’t have to dig to the bottom looking for anything!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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rivergirl

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#3 posted 09-13-2010 09:52 PM

Nice- this is a toy similar to one designed by Maria Montesorri for her children’s schools in Italy in the late 1800’s. Nice work and excellent small motor practice for a little kid.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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rivergirl

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#4 posted 09-13-2010 10:58 PM

noottoman- goggle Maria Montesorri manipulatives. I did it and there is quite a bit there. (Manipulatives is a fancy word for early childhood educational toys.) You may be aso interested to know that Maria Montesorri was the first person to develop little furniture for kids. She actually began by cutting the legs off of her own dining room table and chairs so that the kids could sit at it easier. She worked with orphans and children in poverty. Cool lady.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#5 posted 09-15-2010 07:23 AM

That’s really cool! What a great way to do something with old hardware.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers. http://www.WoodworkingForMereMortals.com

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Sinister

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#6 posted 09-15-2010 02:55 PM

That’s a funny coincidence. My son went to a Montesorri preschool.

-- Patrick, Iowa City

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rivergirl

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#7 posted 09-15-2010 10:34 PM

Well Sinister, that is probably why you came up with the idea. You obviously (subconciously?) picked up on all the cool Montesorri stuff they were using in his school. And that is why he likes playing with this toy so much, it is appropriate for him, it is stimulating for him, and it probably feels familiar to him. :) You go Dad!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#8 posted 01-07-2012 08:18 PM

Very cool. I bought my kids a toy for Christmas, but now I wish I had done something like you did! Much cooler

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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