My mom and dad wanted to get our daughter Beatrice a kitchen set, and I quickly suggested that we build one instead. Stephanie was also excited at the possibility of displaying it and taking orders at the craft fair coming up in October. So we began by looking up wood toy kitchens on google and chose the features and style that we liked.
We shopped at Lowes for all the pine lumber. I would have liked to have used grooves and dado’s for joinery, but in the spirit of keeping it simple, everything is “butt-jointed with glue and screws”. I worry that the screws will eventually strip, but I guess for our daughter that will be okay for now, seeing that she can’t even stand up high enough to reach “the work surface” yet, much less stand up without pulling up on the couch or something at that height. It will go in the closet in her and her brothers room (he is three and I wonder how long we can let them share a room).
What I am excited about is that Stephanie did agree to allow me to edge joint the large back portion behind the sink and oven. We didn’t really have sufficient clamps and I didn’t run the boards on the saw to get the edges just right, but used the tiny little hand plane they sell at Lowes. I am not sure what kind it is. It seems the TBII glue held the joint just fine and it looks great after using a scraper. Boy those scrapers fun. And once I get a burnisher, I am going to sharpen them up.
I am excited to show the finished project which should be ready in a few days (maybe without the finish, but finished). Clear enough? Maybe not.
Next time I will talk about our experience sanding, driving the screws, inserting doors, and detailing with a scroll saw and walnut wood, and also squaring an edge among other things.
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