Building Daddy's Shed.

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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.

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

Carefully, cut out all the holes.

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

Step 3: 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

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.

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.

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!)

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    49 Discussions

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    MrMystery96

    8 years ago on Introduction

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




    *grammar police*

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    vhcl

    9 years ago on Step 6

    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)

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    Supercoke

    8 years ago on Introduction

    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.......

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    TOCO

    8 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Sunny124613

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Nice.
    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)

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    Gorfram

    9 years ago on Step 6

    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. :)

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    MrMystery96Gorfram

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 6

    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.

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    GorframGorfram

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 6

    (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.)

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    KitemanYerboogieman

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    jumpertoadKiteman

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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    Kitemanjumpertoad

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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.