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Project by Markslawes posted 08-29-2018 12:32 PM 2185 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my second ever project a Toy garage for my grandson. Again I did not use any plans, just winged it as I went. The whole project used plywood with a little pine here and there for supports and trims. the upper level has a gap of about 8mm which housed all the wiring for the lights, and batteries stored inside the ramp. the showroom window was a numberplate Perspex cut to size. The brick paperwork was a big mistake, I printed 1/76 brickwork from a .pdf file onto normal paper and that marks so easily, I didn’t want the 1/20 scale paper you can buy but in hindsight I wish I had. It is very sturdy fortunately as my grandson kept climbing on it and tried using the ramp as a slide to start with. In the tower section again I have written a letter for my grandson which will only be available to him when the garage has given up the ghost and falls apart, hopefully many many years from now when I am long gone. I was happier with this than the Dolls house but not as happy as I was with my 3rd project the box for Mum. But each step I take the more confident I become. Give it another 10 years and I might even be able to work to a plan :)

Note …. I did not make the letters I bought them and painted them.

-- If your going to your mums.... can I go in the shed ?





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recycle1943

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#1 posted 08-29-2018 12:56 PM

Well Mark, you are most definitely your harshest critic. I have often thought about using led’s but none of my projects have a need for them.
Nice garage, the sliding board or rail – kids will find a toy in anything

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 08-29-2018 01:38 PM

Great idea, looks fantastic despite what you consider pitfalls. Grandson approved = all is good!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 08-29-2018 01:45 PM

Looks like a lot of fun I might have to make one for our Grandkids (just so I can play too LOL)

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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GR8HUNTER

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#4 posted 08-29-2018 01:50 PM

much better then them cheapo plastic one I use to play with …. GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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woodshaver Tony C

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#5 posted 08-29-2018 09:11 PM

Nothing tops a toy made by your Grandpa! Nice work! Love the letter idea! :)

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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robscastle

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#6 posted 08-29-2018 09:51 PM

Mark OK thats thats the set complete,
well done,
keelhauling and such is a thing of the past!

Now brilliant work on the garage, they need to be robust and strong to survive little kids daily use.
I have to ask whay with all the time capsule letters hidden side your work?
You must be a bit like me

In closing as you “like” sticking paper on wood here is something you may be interested in.

-- Regards Rob

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#7 posted 08-29-2018 11:37 PM

Mark, that is a garage suitable for a Ferrari. We are all our worst critics but this will surely be a treasured gift for many years to come – and your grandson will come upon a surprise someday that is beyond words – a letter from his grandfather. That is a fantastic idea, you’ve given me some inspiration there.
We were all beginners at some point, I’m closer to beginner than many of the great lumberjocks here and I feel for you being such a critic of your own work – just have fun with it and learn as you go. For just ‘winging’ this project you get an A+ from me, think I’d like to make one for my own grandson one of these days!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#8 posted 08-30-2018 01:23 AM

I would have loved this when I was a kid.

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therealSteveN

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#9 posted 08-30-2018 05:05 AM

Yowser, thanks for a trip down memory lane. Christmas 1960 I got a 2 story, toy car garage, that your piece could be staged off of. Years ago my Mom pitched it. She never liked it, tooo many sharp edges…......

I hope your Grandson has as much fun with his, as I did with mine.

Awesome work for a second project. Please keep woodworking, you have a gift, and if it is for nothing than keeping kids smiling, that is a noble calling.

Thanks for my smile, and a great memory. I think Dad was as happy as I was that Christmas morning. Thanks for showing this to us, and Congrats on a 3.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#10 posted 08-30-2018 06:40 AM

wow! I wish I had that as a kid!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Markslawes

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#11 posted 08-30-2018 07:16 AM



Mark OK thats thats the set complete,
well done,
keelhauling and such is a thing of the past!

Now brilliant work on the garage, they need to be robust and strong to survive little kids daily use.
I have to ask whay with all the time capsule letters hidden side your work?
You must be a bit like me

In closing as you “like” sticking paper on wood here is something you may be interested in.

- robscastle

Hi Rob

Thanks for the comments, Yes the letters inside the project. It all stems from my granddad when he used to make things for us kids, Myself and my uncle got Forts, my sister and my cousin got Doll houses, my little brother got a rocking horse, my mum got all sorts of stuff. However with my sister and her cousin sealed inside the roof he had written them letters that nobody new about, it was many many years later that they were found and was very emotional for all to hear the words of somebody that we all adored and loved so much. I want my grandchildren and my own children to share that thrill of having back somebody you loved for that 2 or 3 minutes the first time you read those words. Just thinking about it is making me watery eyed. I would recommend anyone who puts their heart and soul into making something for somebody they love to leave that extra something hidden for later years, if your worried they will never see it then make a note in your will. It is a pricesless gift :)

-- If your going to your mums.... can I go in the shed ?

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Markslawes

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#12 posted 08-30-2018 07:31 AM

Thankyou all for your kind comments, I have very much enjoyed reading them all :-)

-- If your going to your mums.... can I go in the shed ?

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hunter71

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#13 posted 08-30-2018 11:08 AM

I built them as a kid. Lots of fun to make. Nice job man.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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Grumpy

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#14 posted 08-31-2018 02:37 AM

Mark, another nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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