Introduction: Building Daddy's Shed.

Picture of Building Daddy's Shed.

It had to happen.

#2 Son found out about the Gorilla Glue contest prizes - his favourite raw materials are cardboard boxes and duct tape.

So, he decided to turn a box into a model of my shed. Pay attention, he is particularly proud of the hinge.

(Obligatory plea to your emotions: #2 Son is 8, which is why he's entering via my account. You could see this as a collaboration, since I took the photos and did the writing (but he had to OK it before I published it).)

Step 1: Starting.

Picture of Starting.

First find a box (this one had a watch in that came by mail). It is important for the card to be corrugated, and for the corrugations to run top-to-bottom.

Tape it up, and draw on the parts that need removed.

Step 2: Cut

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Carefully, cut out all the holes.

Important thing to notice - the door has been cut out on all four sides.

Step 3: The Hinge.

Picture of The Hinge.

Pay attention, this is clever, and I didn't show him.

The hinge is made of a bamboo skewer, trimmed to length.

Hold the door in place, then thread the bamboo (with its convenient point first) through the gaps within the corrugated card.

Trim the skewer to length, and you're done. The hinge works very well, and the door will stay in place at whatever angle you leave it.

Step 4: Furniture

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He had to put furniture in the model, mainly because I didn't do that with my version.

He drew the nets freehand on card from another box, cut them out, folded them and fixed them in place with a piece of tape.

Step 5: Windows.

Picture of Windows.

Windows need glazing, otherwise they are just holes in the wall.

#2 son (again, trying to out-do me) used the plastic windows from a cardboard box to glaze the windows in his shed.

Step 6: A Final Comparison.

Picture of A Final Comparison.

That's it, it's done, but he wanted one last photo - which is better? Father's or son's?

(One final note - this is not my entry to the contest. I have been forced to promise that any prizes it earns go to #2 Son (Kitewife ganged up on me), and I have to ask permission to use them!)


ElvenChild (author)2010-08-29

Yayyyyyy! now I have a model of kitemans 8 year old sons shed

Kiteman (author)ElvenChild2010-08-29

Post a picture, then!

MrMystery96 (author)2010-01-02

you do know in the box surrounding his face in slide 1, your missing the word "expression".

*grammar police*

Kiteman (author)MrMystery962010-01-03

Thanks, fixed.

vhcl (author)2009-08-20

I will try to apply pure mathematics in the criteria to decide which one is better: Jr. is 8 years old, Dad I will assume is at least 32 . So we can derived from this that dad's project should be at least 4 times better than jr. Well I don't think so, Jr's has a more down to earth touch, the lack of strait lines embraces the way nature is, I mean what would you prefer a river with a wavy path or a strait concrete channel fill with water. I vote for Jr. U must be freaking proud, congrats on your design and please tell, K Jr, that I send him my respects as he is in the right path to become a great do it your selfer. (OK is not a word but you get my drift)

Kiteman (author)vhcl2009-08-20

Thanks very much!

I'm 41.

MrMystery96 (author)Kiteman2010-01-02

kitewife? what an interesting nickname...

Supercoke (author)2009-12-27

when he turns 10 you should think about getting him a pocket knife. thats when i got my first one. that was a wonderful day.......

TOCO (author)2009-12-23

 Yours looks better than your sons. I give him an A+ for effort and creativity. 

Sunny124613 (author)2009-10-18

I made sort of the same thing when i was
5, except it was a lot bigger, had no furniture,
and was only used to roll around in the living room with.

(Also if you ever do what i had attempted,
don't stick your head out of the (carved) window while rolling)

Gorfram (author)2009-08-20

I've gotty fully in touch with my Inner Art Critic, who directs me to vote for Kiteman Jr.'s model: While the Kiteman Sr. effort is indeed the more faithful architectural rendering, it lacks the verve and spontaneity that raise K Jr.'s model to the level of an objet d'art. The touches of realism - glazing, furniture, mechanically hinged doorway - in the latter combine with the free-form organicism of its lines to lead us to wonder what might happen if Kiteman, and his progeny, were to inhabit the world of Dr. Suess - and quite a worthwhile wonderment that turns out to be. :)

MrMystery96 (author)Gorfram2009-10-17

yeah, what he said. hahaha, in all seriousness though i have to vote for kiteman jr. its really thr door that got me. anyways, you must be proud.

Gorfram (author)Gorfram2009-08-20

(My earlier comment was deleted by me due to an awkward typo, only to leave me with the even more awkward "(removed by author or community request)" - I promise you it was nothing like anything as bad as that phrase tends to make things sound.)

Yerboogieman (author)2009-08-22

#2 looks a lot like you kiteman. Is he going to start an account, kiteson?

Kiteman (author)Yerboogieman2009-08-23

He's only 8, and rules say 13.

Plus, he's not so interested in the site itself - more the prospect of winning more duct tape.

While I was away for the last couple of days, he turned a soda bottle and some straws into a convertible arm-worn blaster. It is covered in duct tape.

jumpertoad (author)Kiteman2009-10-11

i am only 9 and i typed that in when i made an acount but it said i had 2 be 13 so then i typed 13. it works! i always type in unaccurate information. like emails when you set up acounts!

Yerboogieman (author)jumpertoad2009-10-11

You may be 9 but you have the grammar of a 4 year old.

Kiteman (author)jumpertoad2009-10-11

You should be careful about joining age-restricted sites, JT.

I can see that you can work a computer, but there are things on the internet that are not suitable for one so young - please, make sure that your parents or carers know that you are using this site, and check with them that you are allowed to do so.

Yerboogieman (author)Kiteman2009-08-23

By technicality, a website cannot ask for your email address until the person is 13.

Warlrosity (author)Yerboogieman2009-09-14

Well, good.... No reason

Yerboogieman (author)Kiteman2009-08-23

Also, you will have to take a picture of the Arm-worn Blaster, i'm surious about that one.

Kiteman (author)Yerboogieman2009-08-23

First picture is the blaster - the clear end fires a wide laser beam.

Second picture is laser - the two points fire the beams.

Yerboogieman (author)Kiteman2009-08-23

Dude that is sweet looking.

Kiteman (author)Yerboogieman2009-08-23

All his own work, and he's quite proud of it.

DJ Radio (author)2009-09-03

I wonder what ibles will be like by the time he can join...

Warlrosity (author)DJ Radio2009-09-14

Flying cars?Food pills?

Goodhart (author)2009-08-30

Very nice.

Kiteman (author)2009-08-27

(He says "thank you")

=SMART= (author)2009-08-22

Door is fantatsic, good thinking !

rommel543 (author)2009-08-21

Excellent work by Kiteman Jr. The creativity on the door is pure genius. I would have taped the door on.

phalanx447 (author)2009-08-21

Good to go. I like seeing that much creativity in people your age, #2 son!

Goodhart (author)2009-08-21

It sure beats the self constructed cardboard boxes I have made recently :-)

jessyratfink (author)2009-08-21

He is just too cute! He did a really good job. :D

Ninzerbean (author)2009-08-21

Awe, I want one - a son who is into the things I am into, when I suggested we work on the kids sewing 'ible contest together he ran screaming from the room. You can probably still hear him. Great job kid #2! 5*'s

Warlrosity (author)2009-08-21

Kiteboy, I am loling myself, But I like YOURS MR KITEMAN

The Jamalam (author)2009-08-21

A budding Jr. Kiteman, I see! Keep up the good work!

munchman (author)2009-08-21

#2's is the clear winner, sorry kiteman, but his is bigger...

piperjon (author)2009-08-20

A *definite* chip of the ol' block, Kiteman, you must be so proud! He's a great young man, and he's already got the Makin' Spirit. And that HINGE!! Definitely awesome in my book. - Pj

l8nite (author)2009-08-20

Its good to see your encourgiing his creativity, his project came out really good

Bigev (author)2009-08-20

Show him Bumpus' tiny Kiteman -ible, scale it up, and there you go! The Kiteman playset!

porcupinemamma (author)2009-08-20

I second HIVLTGE1's comments. What a cutie patootie!

kelseymh (author)2009-08-20

What? You thought you could escape without having this Featured? Too bad! And please tell #2 son this is way cool.

Kiteman (author)kelseymh2009-08-20

On #2's behalf, thanks very much (he's in bed right now).

Camisado (author)2009-08-20

Not bad at all, Kiteman Jr! I'm so darn bad at cardboard work, this is much better than what I could ever accomplish.

That's a mighty fine son you have there Kiteman, I hope he'll grow up to be awesome like you (but not so much on the baldness (fine, fine, thinning) factor =P).

Gorfram (author)Camisado2009-08-20

Not to worry, IT: while creative genius and overall awesome-idity* can be inherited from either or both parents (and clearly has been here), the tendency towards baldness (er, thinning :) is passed through the maternal line. So it is to Mrs. Kiteman's Papa that we must look to predict the tonsorial future of Master Kiteman the Younger.

Case in point: my father is well, if grayly, coiffed at age 83; and his own father took his hair with him to the hereafter at 89. My mother's father, however, went to his rest at 69 sans any hair much higher than his earlobes; and my brother, while himself 6'2", is finding in his 50's that he possesses the hairline of an increasingly much shorter man.

(*The propensity for coining silly words, and for using wildly overblown language in general, does not appear to be gender-linked and is something I seem to have inherited from my father - please lay all blame at his door.)

kevinhannan (author)2009-08-20

What a star guy! Chocolate milk-shakes all round! Well done! Kevin

Lithium Rain (author)2009-08-20


Nicely done, #2! Methinks your version beats daddy's! 5 stars and totally faved. ;)

scoochmaroo (author)2009-08-20


knexsuperbuilderfreak (author)2009-08-20

wow ausome job kiteman and kitman jr i like both houses the Furniture would of looked nice in yours to

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