I built an entire kitchen...

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Project by BinghamtonEd posted 01-10-2014 04:47 PM 1650 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a play kitchen that I built my 17 month old daughter for Christmas.

It is 3/4” pine ply with iron-on edge banding, with poplar face frames, door frames, and knobs. Case uses pocket hole joinery. Doors are stub tenon and groove. I was able to paint the whole thing with $12 worth of pastel paint samples from Lowes, and had some white leftover from a previous painting job. Originally my wife was going to paint it, but she is expecting and we decided it would be better if I did.

The oven door has plexiglass in it, and you can see it’s been removed in the last picture, as she decided she wanted to use it as a seat, so I remounted the hinges on the side, to open like a normal door. Oven knobs and burners were cut circle cutter in the drill press. When she first got it, she walked over to the burners, pointed at them, and said “Hot!”

It’s a bit big for her now, so she has a step stool so she can reach everything. She plays with it all the time, and she should get a few years out of it. She also got the play pots, pans, and food for Christmas.

When of the perks is that, when I’m cooking something like an egg for her, I can tell her to go cook an egg in her kitchen. So rather than whining at my feet, she goes over, gets a pan, the toy egg, and starts cooking.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#1 posted 01-10-2014 04:51 PM

Very nice. Made one similar for my three daughters. They are all grown and still talk about it as their favorite toy. Bet your daughter will do the same.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#2 posted 01-10-2014 04:53 PM

What a fun project! That will be played with so much for may years to come. Your daughter and you other kids (congrats) will remember the kitchen their Dad made them when they are old. You might even have something there that your grand kids end up playing with.
Great work! Nice color choices.

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#3 posted 01-10-2014 05:12 PM

Well done. You’re a good dad.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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#4 posted 01-10-2014 05:14 PM


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#5 posted 01-10-2014 05:40 PM

Great job, man. There is nothing better than building something for your kids.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#6 posted 01-10-2014 08:54 PM

Awesome job…. looks like she really enjoys it too!

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#7 posted 01-10-2014 11:03 PM

Lots of fun time in store. Well done.

-- Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.

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#8 posted 01-11-2014 03:11 AM

i smell one of these on my horizon in the next year +

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

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#9 posted 01-11-2014 06:28 AM

Awesome kitchen, I know she will use it freguently

-- Norman

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#10 posted 01-11-2014 11:38 PM

Wonderful. So much more character than plastic store-bought.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#11 posted 01-13-2014 02:33 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments. Woodman, I’ll let my wife know that her color choice are appreciated…that was one of my smarter design decisions (delegating the authority to choose colors to my wife). We went to Lowes and I said “Pick out 5 pastels, I’m going to go walk around.”

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#12 posted 01-13-2014 02:42 PM

This is a great project for a little girl and you did a fine job on it. I can easily tell that she loves it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#13 posted 01-13-2014 02:44 PM

Great job ,very cool.

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#14 posted 01-13-2014 11:13 PM

Delegating color choice is brilliant.

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#15 posted 02-07-2014 04:44 PM

Great Job! Best projects are always for or made with your kids. Other things may be neat to look at but as a woodworker with a young daughter as well the best reward after spending time on a project is a big hug.

-- Vieth Custom Furniture,

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