|Project by Brit||posted 04-06-2011 04:09 PM||29671 views||6 times favorited||19 comments|
I know it isn’t Christmas, but I found these photos when I was clearing out my garage and thought I’d post them. This is a project I built about 10 years ago. My wife told me one Friday evening that she was organising a Santa’s grotto for the Christmas fair at my daughter’s infants school and that she needed my help with a few bits (understatement of the year).
She wanted me to build a life-size sleigh that the children could sit on to have their photo taken. She’d arranged for the local lumberyard to sponsor it and supply four 1” thick MDF sheets and some 2×2” softwood which would be arriving in the morning. She wanted it to be ‘flat pack’ so it could be stored afterwards. So I sketched out a design on the MDF sheets and cut it out with my jigsaw. The two sides are connected with the 2×2” pine and some 3/4” dowels hold it all together. We painted it, added some glitter and twinkly stars, then covered the parcel shelf and seat in fabric. My wife got another company to donate the inflatable Reindeer.
Little did I know that the sleigh was just the first of many projects she had in store for me. The log cabin you see in the pictures was one of the other projects. That was made from thick cardboard tubes that you get in the middle of rolls of carpet which we collected from all the local carpet shops. I made a wooden frame to support the structure which the cardboard tubes slotted over. I think I also made a workshop for santa’s elves and some workbenches that went in it and also a train track for the Christmas Express train as it travelled through the grotto playing Christmas carols.
It was a lot of work on some very cold days, but well worth it to see the excitement on the children’s faces as they journeyed through the grotto to receive their present from Santa. You can’t put a price on that!
-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)