Imagination Box

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Project by hunter71 posted 11-05-2013 11:40 AM 2880 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This may be the greatest creation I have made to date, and it has been in my shop for years. When I went to post it L/J’s asked if I made it and it is completed, well I will always have help in the building of every part of it and god knows, I hope it is never finished. The box has sat under a bench for years and kids have made so many things from the carefully selected scraps that get put into it. There are bottles of water based paints, school glue, cutouts from all sorts of my projects. I even take the time to completely cut out things like the bird house shown in pic. #3. I also salt it with wheels and such. Last Sunday the box got a name as my granddaughter and I were out making things. We decided to call it the IMAGINATION BOX. Now you can see why this project will never be completed, but will yield so many hours of creation.
The last picture says it all, A child’s smile is payment enough.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#1 posted 11-05-2013 01:30 PM

Thanks from one grandpa to another. That’s a great idea!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 11-05-2013 01:35 PM

That’s priceless. Reminds me when I was a little one my dad would throw all his scraps in a cardboard box for my brother and I to build away. A few nails. some glue, and we built the world back then. This brings back so many memories, and is probably how I got my start with woodworking. Thanks for sharing this one Doug. I’m sure this tradition will carry on.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 11-05-2013 01:40 PM

You’ve made your grandchildren happy. Way to go grandpa.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 11-05-2013 02:16 PM

Ah, the things money can’t buy.

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#5 posted 11-05-2013 05:20 PM


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

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#6 posted 11-05-2013 05:54 PM

Way to go Grandpa.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#7 posted 11-05-2013 09:14 PM

Now this is an 11 out of 10 project post which brought a huge smile to my dial…..
reminded me of my girls playing & making wooden creations in the shed…..
How excellent to also teach and encourage the little girls on the joys of working with wood…
The proud display of the end resulting project seals the deal, VERY WELL DONE!!!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#8 posted 11-05-2013 09:34 PM

What a great idea Hunter. I wish I had thought of that when my grandkids were small. It looks like your cute little granddaughter is sure enjoying it!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 11-05-2013 10:12 PM

That’s a great idea, and you can’t beat quality time with the kiddos.

-- Semper Fi BDA

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


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#11 posted 11-06-2013 12:40 AM

What an awesome idea. My daughter loves to grab up my scraps and just build things, nothing special just things. I am betting that box will continue to spur the imagination and create many more memories for years to come.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#12 posted 11-06-2013 01:43 AM

This time is precious, I am glad I can share it with all of you here on L/J’s. Enjoy some of it for yourselves. Doug

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#13 posted 11-06-2013 04:12 AM

its kinda like getting a real job

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#14 posted 11-06-2013 09:20 AM

Never get rid of it as you will also loose the creative talent stimulus as well

-- Regards Rob

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#15 posted 11-06-2013 10:15 AM

Looks like you got a really good thing going there…

And the Box ain’t bad either!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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