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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Stacking Boxes: Batman, Starwars, Blue's Clues, Etc.

I made these boxes last year. Why they havn't made it onto my blog till now? I don't know. We love using them. We have about half of them in the play room where the kids separate the toys into the different categories.

 They don't have fasteners. So, the ones we aren't using, they pack away completely flat. The next into one another, , and the bottoms are ready for casters (if i ever decided to put some on it). I make them with whatever on the sides. We let the kids pick designs they wanted on the sides. The results can be seen in the pictures :Blue's Clues, Butterfly, Paw Prints / Sun, Moon,
Lightning Cloud, Stars / Batman, Superman, Jedi / Empire, Decepticons, Autobots, as seen in the top picture. Some we painted, and others we didnt. We like them both ways.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Rifle Display

Built this rifle display for a Retiring Colonel.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Toy Wooden Rubber-Band Powered Catapults

 A friend of mine brought me a Catapult and asked me if i could replicate it. I took the design, and added a few modifications. For one, This one requires no fasteners. Its all snug-fitted together. We find these to be a ton of fun at the park (free ammunition comes from the trees.) We also like giving these as gifts for birthdays. If you want some of them, they are for sale. I have some at Cranberry Hill Mercantile in Sunnyvale, California, along with some of my other items.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

2011 Pinewood Derby CNC Car: The Lead Zeppelin

I have worshiped with, worked with, and played with Dan Packard for over a decade now. Last year Dan asked me for some help in the construction of his Son's Car for the Pinewood Derby. Last year we did the "Tumbler" from Batman. It was my first attempt as such a project, and while it looked really good, I think we did much better this year.

We call it "The Lead Zeppelin"

Monday, April 11, 2011

Turning Stickers into Wooden Toys

Earlier last week i was thinking about projects i need/want to do with the kids. I was also thinking about things we could do together on our Monday Night Family Home Evening. On the way home from Work, the kids were excited to show me what they had made. They were given a sheet of paper, and a pack of stickers which contained parts and accessories needed for creating your very own Sticker Monster. There were multiple body shapes, and multiple arms, legs, eyes, horns/ears. You know, Mix and match.

I decided were were going to turn these Sticker Monsters they had made into wooden toys.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Making a Spring RTS Map Game Table

The Spring coffee table
Here’s a bit more background and detailed step-by-step instructions about the coffee table I made for the April issue of Wired magazine. Don't forget to check out my other projects. I really enjoy making custom shaped Bookcases. you can see what i am talking about here.

Step 1: Select a Map (using Tasclient)
Regular players of Spring will recognize any map from that game in any form. But I wanted this table to appeal to non-players, too, so I chose a map that would be compelling on its own. From the beginning, the MoonQ (lunar-terrain) maps seemed like the best choice to me. The table in the Wired article is based on MoonQ20, a rectangular moonscape.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Game Table Pics




More on this later. But here are some pics.