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Old 01-11-2017, 04:59 PM
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Has anyone ever made one of these before? If you did, can you post a pic or tell me what you put on it? Did you just attach it to a wall or lay it on the floor etc? I don't think I"d put the pan on it with the magnetic letters.
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Old 01-11-2017, 07:09 PM
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My DH made this. My kiddos it.
ETA: The picture posted sideways... the chain lock is hanging the wrong way... lol!
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Old 01-11-2017, 07:58 PM
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Interesting ideas for my new woodworking business. It's mostly kids toys and games I make and my slogan is Custom Wood (mostly) Products. I'm going to throw together a couple variations for my store.

It's up to you if you want to hang it or make it a floor model. Floor model, I'd suggest using an A frame and put different things on each side.
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Old 01-12-2017, 06:00 AM
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My DH made this. My kiddos it.
ETA: The picture posted sideways... the chain lock is hanging the wrong way... lol!
I'm going to do this this weekend. I think they would love it. So what did you attach all of these gadgets to?
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Old 01-12-2017, 06:08 AM
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My DH made this. My kiddos it.
ETA: The picture posted sideways... the chain lock is hanging the wrong way... lol!
I made something similar years ago. Like Mike suggested it was an A Frame. The other side was a mirror.
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I'm going to do this this weekend. I think they would love it. So what did you attach all of these gadgets to?
The white background is actually a piece of MDF (medium density fiber board) it's sold in most Home Depot like stores. It's usually sold as the pre-cut shelving. My hubs just put a woodframe around it.

The actual gadgets are regular items bought from Home Depot too... but NONE of them are anything that should be considered a child safety device.

I had a few parents that immediately went "Great! If My kid learns how to work that gadget, they'll get out of the house etc"

......But NONE of the items we choose should ever be used as child safety so IF they do learn how to use it, it's okay..

Mine is on the wall near the bathroom so ANY time someone is waiting in line for the bathroom it's played with. I think it's the one activity I have here that is literally used every single day.
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The white background is actually a piece of MDF (medium density fiber board) it's sold in most Home Depot like stores. It's usually sold as the pre-cut shelving. My hubs just put a woodframe around it.

The actual gadgets are regular items bought from Home Depot too... but NONE of them are anything that should be considered a child safety device.

I had a few parents that immediately went "Great! If My kid learns how to work that gadget, they'll get out of the house etc"

......But NONE of the items we choose should ever be used as child safety so IF they do learn how to use it, it's okay..

Mine is on the wall near the bathroom so ANY time someone is waiting in line for the bathroom it's played with. I think it's the one activity I have here that is literally used every single day.
Good point lol. Didn't even think of that. I saw quite a few on pinterest. Even keys that hang or a collection of like 3 inch chains that clatter when you move them together, a doorknob I though. Maybe find some things in the clearance isle. I bet it could get pricey if you buy everything new. Maybe hit the garage sales this spring to get more things. I can see how they would love it though.
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Good point lol. Didn't even think of that. I saw quite a few on pinterest. Even keys that hang or a collection of like 3 inch chains that clatter when you move them together, a doorknob I though. Maybe find some things in the clearance isle. I bet it could get pricey if you buy everything new. Maybe hit the garage sales this spring to get more things. I can see how they would love it though.
We actually found the most useful things in the aisle at the car parts store for truck drivers... little mirrors, little latches, etc.... We have an O'Reilly store and an AutoZone and they both have an aisle just for little car trinkets like that.
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We actually found the most useful things in the aisle at the car parts store for truck drivers... little mirrors, little latches, etc.... We have an O'Reilly store and an AutoZone and they both have an aisle just for little car trinkets like that.
Didn't think of those. We have both of those stores within a mile of my house! Thanks!
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I really want a busy board, too. I am drooling over this. I think I could make it. https://www.etsy.com/listing/4889962...f=sr_gallery_1
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Interesting ideas for my new woodworking business. It's mostly kids toys and games I make and my slogan is Custom Wood (mostly) Products. I'm going to throw together a couple variations for my store.

It's up to you if you want to hang it or make it a floor model. Floor model, I'd suggest using an A frame and put different things on each side.
LOL I first read this as using a frame, like a picture frame. I thought that was a good idea. But an A frame is good too.

So I wonder if one could build a frame on the wall and change out the center with different types of sensor boards. (locks, shapes or texture)
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LOL I first read this as using a frame, like a picture frame. I thought that was a good idea. But an A frame is good too.

So I wonder if one could build a frame on the wall and change out the center with different types of sensor boards. (locks, shapes or texture)
I saw a pin on Pinterest that was a wall with a bunch of 8x10 pictures frames hung super close and in each one was a different fabric swatch to represent different textures and I thought it was a cool idea to use photo frames so you could wash the fabric and/or switch them out
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I'm wondering if I could make an outdoor one.

I have one extra busy little boy who is always either taking something apart or putting something together. I keep thinking that he needs his own workshop already. He's a bit hard to keep occupied and is a bit destructive sometimes. I wonder if having something like this would help him.
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I really want a busy board, too. I am drooling over this. I think I could make it. https://www.etsy.com/listing/4889962...f=sr_gallery_1
I'm drooling over their entire shop! Those wooden dinosaurs are gorgeous! I did a dangerous thing, and made the shop a favorite.
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I'm drooling over their entire shop! Those wooden dinosaurs are gorgeous! I did a dangerous thing, and made the shop a favorite.
I did, too. It's badddd. I showed dh and he said "If you can build it..." hahaha. STEEP prices, though. EEK!
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I did, too. It's badddd. I showed dh and he said "If you can build it..." hahaha. STEEP prices, though. EEK!

Too pricey for me, for sure!
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Going to scour my basement this weekend!!! I'm so glad you posted this.
I can't wait to see if I'm talented enough to put something like this together.
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I'm wondering if I could make an outdoor one.
Of course. Just use exterior grade plywood. Means the glue in the plywood can withstand water. Just browse through a dollar store, and any store(s) that sell hardware or auto parts, and pick things you think he would like. The only trick is mounting everything. Some will just screw on and some will require drilling a hole.

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Steep prices? Too pricey? For what?
Start small. Go to Home Depot, get a 2' x 2' pc of plywood, a dollar store for some cheap hardware, and you're good to go. $10 tops. Just hang the pc of plywood on the wall.
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Steep prices? Too pricey? For what?
Start small. Go to Home Depot, get a 2' x 2' pc of plywood, a dollar store for some cheap hardware, and you're good to go. $10 tops. Just hang the pc of plywood on the wall.
We were talking about the prices in the Etsy shop posted by daycare diva. For the quality of the craftsmanship of those toys, the prices are probably right, but I still can't afford them.
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We were talking about the prices in the Etsy shop posted by daycare diva. For the quality of the craftsmanship of those toys, the prices are probably right, but I still can't afford them.
Oops, I didn't even check that link. I think I'll just stick with the board idea.
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Oops, I didn't even check that link. I think I'll just stick with the board idea.
There are some beautiful things in there!
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