B-day Present for my 2yr old son

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Project by Marcus posted 06-12-2013 02:36 AM 3589 views 51 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to make my son something special for his 2nd birthday, and I decided on a tool set. I had a piece of curly maple that I had been hanging onto for quite a while, and this seemed like the perfect project for it. The walnut comes from my grandfather who was a cabinet maker. He passed away a couple years ago, but while at his house talking to my uncle, I saw this beautiful piece of 8/4 black walnut in the garage which my uncle let me take. Seemed like a good use for this wood as well. The dark accents are wenge (no story here, just some wenge I picked up cheap!).

I tried to make everything as faithful and realistic as I could. Im a bit jealous of the plane. If you replace that wenge “blade” with a piece of iron, it will make perfect shavings. The mallet is a great size for my grown up hands, hopefully he can keep it that long. The square is about as true as I can make one in my shop. Obviously the saw has very little practical purpose, but I patterned the handle off the dovetail saw I personally use.

I have way too many hours into this little set, but it turned out great, and hopefully he’ll get a lot of use out of playing with it, and then actually using it.

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#1 posted 06-12-2013 02:37 AM

I should also add that I tried to make the tool tote G&G style. What a miserable furniture style to make! For all of you who do it regularly and do it well, I have much respect for you!

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#2 posted 06-12-2013 03:09 AM

This is so cool on a number of levels. I’ve been thinking of making something similar for my boy (he’s only 8 months so I have time). I really like how the tools are usable, or can be usable in the future. Great work! And beautiful too!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 06-12-2013 03:54 AM

Very cool, he will love them for many years

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#4 posted 06-12-2013 04:12 AM

Nice job, great design work with all the elements…wood, shapes, tools! Definately a keeper!

-- Jim Pyle, Woodgravers, belfair, WA,

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#5 posted 06-12-2013 04:17 AM

That’s really nice looking! My little guy needs his own box soon too, especially since he has discovered mine! It’s so much nicer to have wooden toys than a bunch of crappy plastic ones.

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#6 posted 06-12-2013 04:20 AM

Beautiful work. By the time they’re all banged up, he’ll be itchin’ to be in the shop with you, using all the real things.

-- Yussef, Philadelphia,

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#7 posted 06-12-2013 06:08 AM

Beautiful, I’m not sure whether it is a present for the child or enjoyment for the father :-)

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#8 posted 06-12-2013 07:51 AM

What a great present and such great work on all of these. It shows how much you care taking the time to make such great gifts….. Real beauty!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 06-12-2013 10:26 AM

Great pieces for the son. Hope he keeps them to hand down to his son.

-- Terry,Tennessee

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#10 posted 06-12-2013 10:53 AM

What a great birthday present !

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#11 posted 06-12-2013 11:23 AM

Nice work on the tool set Marcus, and as ElliottH reports the plastic stuff is not a patch on yours.

Not sure of the practicalities of letting a 2YO lose with a mallet and saw though, brings back memories of me giving my 2YO son a small saw, he tried to saw off the arm of the lounge!!... now 36YO oh those were the days!

Keep up the excellent work its certainly an impressive result !

I made a wooden claw hammer one day waiting for glue to dry not sure if I ever posted it but it always draws a interested comment when anybody sees it for the first time.


Robert Brennan

-- Regards Rob

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#12 posted 06-12-2013 11:37 AM

Those are nicer than most of my tools. They are beautiful. The back story about the Walnut is nice and he should appreciate when he gets a little older.

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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#13 posted 06-12-2013 11:37 AM

What a cool birthday present for your son! Very nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#14 posted 06-12-2013 11:55 AM


Very nicely done.

Hope you can take it when he uses the square as a hammer on the plane, or tries to saw the coffee table in half with that beautiful saw. :-0

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

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#15 posted 06-12-2013 12:03 PM

Thats the way Marcus, start them of young…...what a great gift, they look really really good…

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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