Finished Toy Kitchen

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Project by spunwood posted 09-30-2010 05:52 PM 3138 views 10 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Beatrice’s Kitchen Set is all finished and I am proud of our work. The tongue oil & Mineral Spirits finish really brought out some deep tones in the pine.

If you look at the divider between the “sink” and the “stove” and between the “fridge” and “freezer” and at the bottom of the fridge, you can see some walnut left over from a woodworking class on dovetails. There was also enough walnut to make a little faucet. I used a grinder to shape the faucet and the knobs for the sink and stove top.

A dowel rod is holding the curtain (which has yet to be hemmed).

The weird picture of the ghost is showing off the great idea which a fellow at Lowes came up with in just a moment. I wanted the knobs to spin without the danger of coming off. He pointed out spacers which allowed me to use screws and just a dab of glue on the knob end for security. The spacers held the knob firmly and allowed me to tighten the screw almost all the way. The spacers are counter sunk and I also drilled a hole slightly bigger than the screw. It works like a charm.

The weather changed right as we finished this project and the doors became jammed, but it was as simple as freeing them and then using a hand plane to trim the edges.

We painted on burners and added a magnetic clasp to the inside of the stove door to prevent it from slamming down.

Hope the little girl likes it when she can start playing with it. Meanwhile, our three year old is excited to start cooking on “his” new toy.

Finally, all the trim was jigsawed by Stephanie, except the stove door which she allowed me to take a crack at and guided me through the sanding and fixing process (after I had it off center). You can tell the difference in the symmetry between that cut-out and the others, but I am getting there.

Oh, Stephanie wants to add that she really enjoyed applying pure tongue oil watered down with mineral spirits, and that she would have sanded all the pieces better, possibly even before we joined them.


-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#1 posted 09-30-2010 06:00 PM

That is the finest unit I have yet seen. It looks very, very nice. I sure bet it was fun to build with the joy you had in your heart while it was being constructed. Well done!

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#2 posted 09-30-2010 06:09 PM

That looks great. I like the rustic look of it.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 09-30-2010 06:23 PM

I wish all of the little girls could have something that nice.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#4 posted 09-30-2010 06:50 PM


Excellent job. I’m sure Beatrice will love it.

Keep up the good work.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#5 posted 09-30-2010 07:49 PM

This is fantastic! I’ll probably make a smaller version for my girl.

-- Ray

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#6 posted 09-30-2010 08:06 PM

Gee, maybe I could make one full sized for my house! That looks great.

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#7 posted 10-01-2010 12:44 AM

This is so damn cute I can’t stand it! What a wonderful wonderful creation that will last forever and is so pretty. So much better than that stupid plastic little tykes stuff that is so ugly and never cleans up and looks horrid in your living room/play room. Congratulatons on a job incredibly well done!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#8 posted 10-01-2010 04:14 AM

I have GOT to make something like that for my granddaughter. This is a great version. Really nice piece of work!

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#9 posted 10-01-2010 06:30 AM


-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#10 posted 10-17-2010 02:18 AM

Beautiful piece, well designed and beautifully hand crafted. I’m always happy to see someone MAKING something such as this for a child, grandchild, whoever. They are ten times nicer than the Chinese junk we buy in stores and will, litterally last forever. I’m 68, and have a flip down desk, (child-sized), setting in our dining room, that my grandfather made for me when I was quite small. So far, we’ve known of three generations now that have played with it, me,my children and my grandchildren. I thought we would add a great grandchild to the list last year, but she didn’t get to stay with us long enough to be able to walk on her own and play at it. I built a 2 story Barbie sized dollhouse on a 4×8 sheet of plywood, for my granddaughter when she was young, and I heard just the other day that her parents still have it, in a loft in one of their outbuildings. So, these things last and last, especially given just a modicum of attention. Again, beautiful work Brandon. Corky

-- Corky's Craft Shop

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