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Project by dakotawood posted 03-06-2014 09:58 PM 4354 views 16 times favorited 55 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My girls wanted a little play boat for their miniature American Girl dolls. Since everything A.G. is way overpriced I decided to make them. I found some cheap hearing and eye protection at the store – so off to the workshop we go!

They were made out of 2×6 construction lumber. I’ve never done a bandsaw box, but these were completed very similar to one. I cut off the bottom and top. Then shaped the interior of the middle part as well as the top part with the bandsaw and spindle sander. Glued all three layers back together and did final shaping for the exterior on the osc belt sander.

I shaped the oars on the belt sander as well. Kind of fun actually.

This was the perfect time to try out my new electric wood burning tool I received for xmas. It definitely turned the project into a memorable toy that they’ll cherish forever.

Finished it with spray on shellac. I know not the most durable for a toy – but it will be super easy to do touch ups in future. And if they show some use, even better!

It was then on to my wife for the sewing of the sails. She did great!

They absolutely love them!

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#1 posted 03-06-2014 10:00 PM

Very nice job and very cute, happy customers.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 03-06-2014 10:06 PM

Well done to all. Great family project.

-- cnarf, Ireland

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#3 posted 03-06-2014 10:06 PM

Well done dad!!

-- “The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic.” ― H.L. Mencken, Minority Report

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#4 posted 03-06-2014 10:07 PM

Well done to all

-- cnarf, Ireland

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#5 posted 03-06-2014 10:19 PM

Cool !

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#6 posted 03-06-2014 10:32 PM

Very cool.

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#7 posted 03-06-2014 10:35 PM

Travis, wow. You spent the day “playing” with your kids and each of them ended up with the toy they’ll still remember, and talk about, 20 years from now. The best part for everyone was building them with Dad. Fantastic projects.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#8 posted 03-06-2014 10:50 PM

Cutest post ever! And what a great looking shop too.

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#9 posted 03-06-2014 10:53 PM

heh heh, made some memories there for sure!

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#10 posted 03-06-2014 10:55 PM

Beatiful. Congratulations with your girls.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#11 posted 03-06-2014 11:18 PM

How awesome is that! Awesome project. The boats look great too.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#12 posted 03-06-2014 11:30 PM

In the last picture, all six of the American Girls are real dolls.

Great kids and a great project.

Keep up the good work and keep involving the girls in projects that they like and enjoy.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#13 posted 03-06-2014 11:44 PM

That is adorable!

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#14 posted 03-06-2014 11:49 PM

super sweet !

what a great way to ‘family’

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#15 posted 03-06-2014 11:54 PM

Right on Travis….
Family is #1, and you have some cute kids. Must get it from the mom LOL …. J/K

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