Is it true that the term”woodworking” make you think”that is for someone else” and give you flashbacks about utilizing the jigsaw in your junior high shop class? Ana White. Com, wants to change your thoughts. The master do-it-yourselfer’s very first publication, The Handbuilt Home, includes jobs for enthusiastic DIYers of all ability levels in a range of styles and scales.
To celebrate the book’s launch, White is sharing directions and plans with this darling children’s play kitchen, sized for kiddos ages two to 10. It could be just the time of year to get started on a play kitchen to give to your budding chef for a holiday or birthday present.
The kids play in these photos was created by White and built by Kristen Wright. “My easy play kitchen layout required a new turn when Kristen built it, painting it with a beautiful color of turquoise and including a hand-sewn skirt for the sink,” White says. “Even as the mother of four, Kristen found time to make what’s sure to be a family heirloom.”
Motivated for cracking on your own heirloom-quality children’ kitchen? Here’s how.
“Every night for four days, I snuck outof bed after my daughter fell asleep to perform on this play kitchen for her next birthday. When she pulled off the wrapping paper away her present, I felt a lot of pride and enthusiasm, and I understood that the sacrifice of sleep and a little’me’ time was well worthwhile. She played with that kitchen for years, and that I feel a sense of pleasure looking at it” — Ana White
You can use these directions to make both the oven and sink area. Both components use the same base cabinets. (Locate plans for the fitting play refrigerator here.)
Materials (oven and sink):
One 6-foot-long 1-by-12One 2-foot-long 1-by-10One 12-foot-long 1-by-2One 8-foot-long 1-by-31/4 sheet of 1/4-inch plywood or hardboardWood glue1 1/4-inch finishing nails2-inch finishing nails1 1/4-inch pocket hole screws (for stove)Knobs and pullsOne 6-inch-diameter stainless steel bowl, together with lip (for sink)One pair surface-mounted inset Euro-style hinges (for oven)Acrylic sheet, 9 3/4 inches by 11 1/2 inches by 1/4 inch (for oven) and cutterMultisurface adhesive or one bundle mirror clips (for oven door( optional)Tools:
Fundamental hand toolsFinish nailerSafety equipmentPocket hole jigDrillCircular watched or other observed for making crosscuts
How to Generate the Oven and Sink
Cutting listing for 1 unit:
2 19 1/2-inch-long 1-by-12s (sides)One 13-inch-long 1-by-12 (bottom shelf)One 13-inch-long 1-by-2 (footer)One 13-inch-long 1-by-3 (header)One 14 1/2-inch-long 1-by-12 (countertop)One 14 1/2-inch-long 1-by-3 (backsplash)One 13-inch-long 1-by-10 (shelf)One 14 1/2- by 20 1/4-inch piece of 1/4-inch plywood or hardboard (rear )Oven accessories:
2 12 3/4-inch-long 1-by-3s (oven door)2 9 1/2-inch-long 1-by-3s(oven door)One 9 3/4- by 11 1/2-inch sheet of 1/4 inch oil
To Produce the Base Cabinets
Bottom shelf. Mark the sides 1 1/2 inches in the bottom. Twist the bottom shelf to the sides, with a 1 1/2 inch space under the bottom plate, with wood glue and 2-inch finishing nails.
Footer. Apply glue to the side and top borders of the footer. Set inset, roughly 1/4 inch beneath the bottom plate, and attach with adhesive and 2-inch finishing nails from both sides and top.
Header. Apply adhesive to the ends of this header. Nail it in place in the project’s front , with 2-inch finishing nails.
Countertop. Attach the backsplash to the countertop with wood glue and 2-inch finishing nails.
Assembly. Attach the countertop to the base with wood glue and 2-inch finishing nails.
Shelf. Mark the shelf’s positioning by measuring 9 1/4 inches upward from the bottom of the project. Twist the shelf, flush to the trunk, with wood glue and 2-inch finishing nails.
Back. Apply glue to all the back edges and set the plywood on the trunk. Nail the plywood down with 1 1/4-inch finishing nails.
Oven doorway (optional). Construct the oven door out of a 1-by-3 framework, drilling two pocket holes in the framework board ends. Attach the frame with wood glue and 1 1/4-inch pocket hole screws.
Acrylic panel (optional). Cut acrylic to size if necessary. Attach it with adhesive or mirror clips.
Install the completed stove door with hinges so that the stove has an even 1/8-inch gap across all borders. You may have to put in a grip to keep the door shut.
How to Turn a Base Cabinet Into a Sink
You can use the same base unit plan to make a play sink. When creating the countertop, put your metal bowl facedown on the counter top. Trace. With the ribbon, cut out a hole slightly smaller than the reflective contour, testing the fit of the metal bowl. Bear in mind, you can always cut more wood out, but it is quite tough to repair the countertop if you overcut.
When the bowl fits nicely, together with all the lip flush with the countertop, apply adhesive and glue down the bowl. Insert the faucet and handles to make the play faucet.
Sink skirt. Ruffles pay the storage area below the play sink. The ruffles are stitched into a heavier cloth to help it hang straight.
Dimensions (before stitching ):Main thicker cloth bit:15 1/2 inches broad by 17 1/2 inches long, with 1/2-inch seam allowancesEach ruffle: 10 1/2 inches by 22 inchesCircumference of this loop in the top: 4 inches, with a 1/2-inch seam allowanceNote: The colorful fabric in the top was sewn on after the three ruffles, about 1/2 inch over the top of this pink ruffle. To sew each ruffle: Put the cloth down and flat; deliver up the bottom so that the vivid sides are together, and sew with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Turn inside out and then sew again along the top; the ends are still open, and you have a long tube. Twist the ends in and sew the ends shut.
To assemble the cloth:
Create two rows of basting stitches (long stitches) 1/4 inch from the top and about 1/4 inch apart, and leave long tails of thread on each end. Then pull on the ribbon lightly until the cloth gathers evenly. Pin the ruffle to the main bit and sew a normal stitch between the two basting stitches. Pull the basting stitches out after the cloth is correctly sewn in position, leaving the normal stitching line slick! Notes:
The bottom of each ruffle hangs about 3/4 inch over the ruffle beneath it.Sew the cloth within the loop (white, green, blue) above the pink ruffle about 1/2 inch. Sew the blue pom-pom row directly where the very top of this pink cloth and the colorful loop cloth join. The bottom ruffle hangs about 1 inch below the main bit of cloth. The edges and underside of each ruffle hang free.
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If you’re prepared for more jobs (or want to begin with one that is a little simpler), get a copy of Ana White’s The Handbuilt Home, published Oct. 9, 2012.