Children's Tower

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Project by 3Vdesigns posted 01-03-2014 03:20 AM 1768 views 9 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Looking through here one day I saw someone had built a similar tower. I figured I could build it for way less than the 200 bucks that Little People were charging on Amazon. The plywood was just laying around. I built a jig out of MDF and used a spiral bit and guide to cut it out. A flush cut bit brought it down to the actual size. I gave it a sanding down to ~300 grit and gave it a few coats of spray shellac. My daughter loves it and other than the fact it is big in our kitchen we love it too. The next one will be made to collapse. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 01-03-2014 03:25 AM

That is so cool. The collapsible idea is huge. Our 15 month old son wants to be held all the time in the kitchen because he wants to see what’s going on and be involved. He’s too heavy for very much of that business and I’m sure his interest will continue to grow. I think something like this is definitely in our future, hadn’t thought of the 4 sided design. So glad you posted it!

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#2 posted 01-03-2014 03:32 AM

That’s just way too cute! What an idea. All the grandkids are too big now for this, may try it when the great grandkids come along. Can you give the dimensions? Thanks for posting it.

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#3 posted 01-03-2014 12:58 PM

Great idea, but like you said, it’s big to store.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 01-03-2014 03:42 PM

Nice job. — I built one similar in intent also inspired by on line examples. You went through the effort of making it a knock down, adjustable design instead of the bolt together fixed height “simplifications ”: I employed. Good for you.

Your careful edge rounding of the plywood pieces is obvious. I tend to be scared off by the possibility of leaving a plywood splinter somewhere.

My 3 year old grand daughter loved climbing in and out of it. Her 18 month old brother is more adventurous and less cautious. So I had to recently add jail bars to the sides and a slide in panel to the front and back. If you end up doing something similar please post the result. Your workmenship is impressive, and I would be interested in seeing your approach.

Well done!

-- Barry

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#5 posted 01-03-2014 03:46 PM

Nice work. She looks like she is really enjoying it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 01-04-2014 12:59 AM

This is really cool. Great job

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#7 posted 01-05-2014 01:56 AM

Thanks everyone for the comments. Matts_dad, I routed the edges of the plywood in 2-3 stages. The first rout scored the wood and I got deeper in each cut. The 3rd was just kissing the wood. I was nervous about it too but I have to admit it came out really smooth.

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