- Wood scraps (from free Craigslist couches I disassembled)
- Bolts and screws (leftover parts from the kids' swing set)
- Swivel chair base (broken chair from the office I had been asked to throw away)
- Cotton batting (from the couches above)
- Faux leather (leftover from headboard project - post to follow)
- Temporary bucket (V8 Splash bottle)
Okay, my first blog post. I will say that posting today's project first goes against everything I stand for (it's not chronological), but it's the one that gave Patrice the idea for this blog, so I guess it's okay. After this though, I'm sticking to the order in which the projects were completed.
My son, Toren, is obsessed with excavators, tractors, backhoes, dump trucks, etc. He has some sort of radar that can detect any large machinery within a block's radius. One of his favorite things is when we park near a construction site so he can watch them all working. So I thought I would be the coolest dad ever if I built him an excavator for a sand box outside (play ground post to follow) like one I saw at a playground a couple years ago. I found some pictures online to use as a reference and let the idea simmer for a few days while I prepared my mental list of needed materials. I was originally going to build it out of metal (like the one at the park), but I think this "prototype" will do just fine once I get a better bucket figured out. I plan to bury the swivel chair legs in the ground so that when the kids are sitting on it they can touch the ground. The great thing is that the lever that makes the chair go up and down still works, so it will be adjustable for kids of different ages (or in other words, I can use it, too).
First Blog Post:
- Computer with access to internet
- A loving wife willing to help (or force) me to start this blog
Cost: About 1.5 Hours that could have been spent sleeping