|Forum topic by JayG46||posted 05-16-2014 02:25 AM||937 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
05-16-2014 02:25 AM
Fellow jocks, I’m in need of some inspiration for a project. My sister’s friend is having a child and my sister has asked me to build something for said child out of wood. My issues:
1. First and foremost, the budget is under $200. They already have a crib but something like that would like be out of the question due to cost concerns. I’m not looking to charge full price, but I’m also not looking to spend 3 full days and $150 in lumber on it either.
2. No matter what I make, it’s going to be a while before this kid can use it in any meaningful way. According to the internet (I clearly do not have children), babies don’t really even grasp objects until they are a few months old and aren’t crawling until they are more like 6 months. I thought about a child size table and a few simple chairs but that is at odds with both of the issues listed so far.
3. The idea of a toy chest crossed my mind, but I’m worried that it’s going to be dangerous unless I spend $50 on those Rockler torsion hinges, thereby destroying my budget. Is this a valid concern or has Rockler solved a problem that wasn’t a problem with these pricey doo-dads?
I’ve looked around here a little bit but haven’t found anything that seems appropriate. A simple bookcase seems easy enough but the kid isn’t going to be reading for quite some time! Are there toys you can make out of wood that a child can enjoy without hurting itself with in infancy? Perhaps a changing table?
Thanks for the help.
-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL www.swallowtailwoodcraft.com "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi