Daniel's Fourth

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Project by Woodfix posted 11-12-2011 02:52 PM 1296 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- Living is a constant gamble, life is about working the odds in your favour

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#1 posted 11-12-2011 03:08 PM

What a great ande clever way to celebrate. It will be remembered by all for a long time to come I’m sure.
Now you have to think about what you’re going to do next year cuz everyone loves to go to a party Uncle Woodfix’s home!

Are those a couple plugs for weight in the stern?

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#2 posted 11-12-2011 03:24 PM

What a great idea for a son’s birthday!! Thanks for sharing!.............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 11-12-2011 03:27 PM

A neat party idea. Nice little boats. They’ll always remember the party at “Little D’s” house.
I love the picture of the little girl at the end of the table with the dots of paint(?) on her arm.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 11-12-2011 04:02 PM

What a great way to get everyone involved at the party. Look like they all had a lot of fun.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#5 posted 11-12-2011 04:27 PM

A great idea.. Great memories for everyone.

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#6 posted 11-12-2011 04:47 PM

Thanks for the great idea
This is something to think about for the next party ,way better than all that plastic stuff that gets thrown out by the next day !
Very original and fun.


-- Kiefer 松

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#7 posted 11-12-2011 05:14 PM

Great idea and it looks like the kids really enjoyed themselves. If you want to extend the fun for a little longer, check out raingutter regatta, it is a Cub Scout project that the boys had a lot of fun with.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 11-12-2011 06:17 PM

Great idea, and a lot of fun by the looks of things!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#9 posted 11-12-2011 10:21 PM

LOoks like fun!

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#10 posted 11-12-2011 11:27 PM

Hey that’s a great idea!!! You know the kids will always remember this day too!

-- -- Only God can Create it. We are blessed to see it, live it, and enjoy its beauty.

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#11 posted 11-13-2011 04:01 AM

Dear, Sir, my hat is off to you for coming up with such a simple idea to give joy to a group of the little ones. I know it put joy in your heart and their’s as well.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 11-13-2011 08:17 PM

Wonderful little boats!
What a wonderful idea, and how wonderful to see the happy faces.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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