|Project by Woodfix||posted 11-12-2011 02:52 PM||1506 views||3 times favorited||12 comments|
Today is Little D’s fourth birthday. So we had 13 little people around (+ parents) to celebrate this momentous moment. As part of this I made 11 little boats (more little people turned up than was originally planned for). These required a surprising amount of work. The hulls are made from 19mm pine reclaimed from a entertainment centre. The mast and booms are dowel from Bunnings (the Australian version of Home Depot)
The sails were made to be an expanse of white clothe so that they could be decorated by the kids. Despite this, I made them to actually work. The screws at the back are actually threaded brass rod to provide balance. Each is about 1 & 1/2 inches long. The fixed rudder should make the boat sail straight. The sails and hulls were decorated with stars and glitter and a lot of fun.
We played lots of games at the party and cut the cake of course, but decorating these boats definitely got everyone involved and was a remarkably quiet process. They loved it.
We had plaster Santas for the two that did not get boats. They were only two years old and were quite happy about this.
Now back to some serious wood working, after I make four more for my nephews who were not at the party. Bother.
-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.