Christmas Play Kitchen

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Project by lew posted 01-02-2012 02:23 AM 3480 views 8 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About three weeks before Christmas, the neighbors asked if we could make their two little girls a play kitchen. She gave us a picture, as an example, of one she had seen on the Internet. It was a converted TV cabinet. We figured it would take longer to find something similar, than to start from scratch. This is the result.

It took just a little more that a 4×8 sheet of 3/4” plywood to build the carcass and doors- constructed with dadoes and rabbets. The face frame is made of 1 x white pine- put together with pocket screws. The unit is about 40+ inches tall and wide and about 15” deep. The door handles are just dowels and home made end pieces. The “stove” knobs were contributed by the neighbors. The faucet and knobs were turned/shaped from scrap maple. All the knobs have the mounting hardware epoxied in place.The sink is an “Ollies” stainless bowl. Curtains from the remnant section of the fabric store. The window is framed in pine scraps. The impressionist art is not Monet. All the doors are overlay with magnetic latches- didn’t realize how strongly they held until the little girls tried to open the doors! A piece of thin cardboard on the strike plate reduced the holding power. The “oven” has a plexiglass window.

They have a “stove”, “oven”, “sink”, under sink storage, “frig/freezer” combination and a lovely view.

The paint scheme probably could have been a little more exciting but time was running out.

The parents were very pleased with the outcome; the little ones, not so much. Their words- “We wanted a new one!” followed my pouts and tears. Oh well.

Thanks for looking.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#1 posted 01-02-2012 02:31 AM

That is fabulous! Love the addition of the window and curtains.

-- Jen ~ Happiness is being covered in sawdust.

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#2 posted 01-02-2012 02:33 AM

great result…AND I SEE YOU! Happy New Year…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 01-02-2012 02:48 AM

Nice work,Lew! I bet they wear it out, or try to.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#4 posted 01-02-2012 02:49 AM

Dang, Matt!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 01-02-2012 02:49 AM

nice job – looks built to last. is the stove gas or electric?

-- "Take extra care not to lose what you feel" (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood)

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#6 posted 01-02-2012 03:12 AM

my wife just saw this and said she wants it once we have kids…perfect since my new pocket hole kit and dado set arrived yesterday

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#7 posted 01-02-2012 03:43 AM

Lew did you give them a rolling pin.

Nice job. It’s a greaqt design.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#8 posted 01-02-2012 03:52 AM

Jen- Thanks! Mimi made the curtains!

Matt- I need to be more careful ;^)

Hairy- I think they play with it now, at least I hope so.

Skone- Thanks and Yes!

Ben- Maybe sh’e trying to let you in on a secret ;^)

Karson- Thanks. At their ages, I was afraid they may beat each other with the rolling pin!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 01-02-2012 05:34 AM

As a father of more children than the national average in a household I have to say you just gotta love the darndest things kids will say when they should be crying tears of gratitude – lol.
I’m sure it didn’t take long for them to warm up to it.
Good thing is that, unlike the store bought crud out there, this could be an heirloom piece that will last through to grandchildren or longer, if given even only minimum care to maintain it.
Great job!

-- Ray

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#10 posted 01-02-2012 05:52 AM

Wow this is really neat.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 01-02-2012 06:22 AM

Great job lew!
You pulled it off very nicely !
I bet that kitchen went over big !

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#12 posted 01-02-2012 09:28 AM

That looks great, Lew. I got a lot of satisfaction building stuff for the kids when they were young, even if they didn’t like it. Actually, everything got used a lot over time.

The only toys I built this Christmas were for Sherie, some stuff for her Snowy Village Diorama. I will try to blog on it, someone may want to try something similar.

Have a good New Year. I am on call for four days ending tomorrow, I am taking Tuesday off. Just got back from the hospital…........but I did have Christmas off, and that was nice.


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#13 posted 01-02-2012 05:12 PM

Looks like a winner Lew! I’m sure it will get used in time.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 01-02-2012 06:13 PM

Ray- Thanks! Mimi and I never had children, so I guess we see things from a different perspective.

a1Jim- Thanks! It certainly was not fine cabinetry work but the parents liked it.

Eric- Hope the kids are playing with it, now. Thanks for the kind words.

Jim- It was a fun build, especially seeing how much I could make instead of buying. Glad you are getting some time off this week. I saw in our local paper that our town’s “New Year’s Baby” was born a little after 1am Sunday morning.

Steve- Thanks! I hope they eventually accept it.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#15 posted 01-02-2012 08:02 PM

It looks absolutely great to me Lew. Sometimes kids get a picture in their head of what they want and they are a bit disappointed when what they get isn’t exactly the same. The will no doubt learn to love it after awhile.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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