Cooper came to me last week and said
“Mom, can you take me to the hardware store I want to build a box”?
“Sure!” I said..”Lets do it!”
…. few hours and $50 bucks later ….(he swears he will pay me back)!”
we started with a 12″ W x 1″ D x 8′ L PINE BOARD
3 locks (he is calling it his “safe”
Paint and paint bushes (I had these)
1. My goal was for all of the CUTS to be horizontal on the board. This meant that one side of each piece would need measure 12″. For those of you that are carpenters, this will seem completely basic, but for us…this was an opportunity to USE MATH and calculate the correct meausurements. To begin with, while the board is 12″ x 1″ x 8…ACTUALLY it is 11 14/16 3/4″ and 8′ L.
our top and bottom therefore needed to total 11 7/8 + 1 1/2 (two times each D of 3/4) = 13.375
when I tell you that the above equation took us an hour and a bunch of drawings, some arguing and then finally I used graph paper to visualize it…I am not exagerrating! It was crazy.
BUT WE GOT IT RIGHT!!! maybe a tad crooked…but right!!!!
….we glued each piece with Elmers Wood Glue before putting evenly spaced screws in each side. We had to be careful to get in the dead center of each piece as the wood kept wanting to split.
THEN CAME THE FUN PART:
PAINTING AND PUTTING ON ALL THE HINGES, LOCKS AND HANDLES!
I AM SO PROUND OF MY BUDDY. I was really dreading this project…usually what happens is that they get ALLLL jazzed up and when they see how much WORK it actually entails..the whining and laying down on the floor commences…but Cooper hung in there with me, worked until the very last screw was installed and NOW he has one DARN NICE
and best of all…he and I had fun doing it!!!!