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This is a play kitchen that I built my 17 month old daughter for Christmas.

It is 3/4" pine ply with iron-on edge banding, with poplar face frames, door frames, and knobs. Case uses pocket hole joinery. Doors are stub tenon and groove. I was able to paint the whole thing with $12 worth of pastel paint samples from Lowes, and had some white leftover from a previous painting job. Originally my wife was going to paint it, but she is expecting and we decided it would be better if I did.

The oven door has plexiglass in it, and you can see it's been removed in the last picture, as she decided she wanted to use it as a seat, so I remounted the hinges on the side, to open like a normal door. Oven knobs and burners were cut circle cutter in the drill press. When she first got it, she walked over to the burners, pointed at them, and said "Hot!"

It's a bit big for her now, so she has a step stool so she can reach everything. She plays with it all the time, and she should get a few years out of it. She also got the play pots, pans, and food for Christmas.

When of the perks is that, when I'm cooking something like an egg for her, I can tell her to go cook an egg in her kitchen. So rather than whining at my feet, she goes over, gets a pan, the toy egg, and starts cooking.

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Very nice. Made one similar for my three daughters. They are all grown and still talk about it as their favorite toy. Bet your daughter will do the same.
 

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What a fun project! That will be played with so much for may years to come. Your daughter and you other kids (congrats) will remember the kitchen their Dad made them when they are old. You might even have something there that your grand kids end up playing with.
Great work! Nice color choices.
 

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awesome!
 

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Great job, man. There is nothing better than building something for your kids.
 

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Awesome job…. looks like she really enjoys it too!
 

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Lots of fun time in store. Well done.
 

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i smell one of these on my horizon in the next year +
 

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Awesome kitchen, I know she will use it freguently
 

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Wonderful. So much more character than plastic store-bought.
 

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Thanks for all the nice comments. Woodman, I'll let my wife know that her color choice are appreciated…that was one of my smarter design decisions (delegating the authority to choose colors to my wife). We went to Lowes and I said "Pick out 5 pastels, I'm going to go walk around."
 

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Great job ,very cool.
 

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Great Job! Best projects are always for or made with your kids. Other things may be neat to look at but as a woodworker with a young daughter as well the best reward after spending time on a project is a big hug.
 

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Love the kitchen!

I did a kitchen set for my great niece last year for her 3rd birthday, and it was a lot of fun, and also a hit with her. I love doing kids projects - the scale is more manageable, costs are lower, and you can have fun evoking the features of adult size stuff, instead of trying to replicate them.
 

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Thanks for the kind words. I did have a lot of fun building this. She's had it for 2+ months now and I don't think a day has gone by that she hasn't spent a little time playing at it.
 
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