Here is what my 4-year-old daughter and I have been working on! We got the plans from Anna White at Knockoffwood.com. She has an amazing array of furniture plans that she offers for free use. After looking at all the incredible photos of what beginning builders (and by beginning I mean, "I have never built anything in my life" builders) I got inspired and thought maybe I could do something like that. This is my very first project, and I had some trouble with my boards not being perfectly straight so it's not totally plum but I am pretty proud of it for a first try! I still have to finish the screws in the top (drill is charging) and then I will paint it. But here she is in all her unfinished glory!
I tried this one first because it seemed to be one of her easiest projects.
Things I discovered along the way:
Straight boards may not be truly straight, even if you do all the right checking for straightness!
It is very difficult to hold two long boards at right angles by yourself while you screw them together! (Maybe this was the real problem!) My daughter helped me hold the boards and watched to make sure the screws didn't pop through the wood at the wrong angle. She was so proud of helping me build it! I took pictures of her but now can't find them on my card. Sigh.
The next projects on my list are Anna's toddler picnic table, the activity table and bunk beds! My husband will have to help me with those I think! Check out her site and get inspired and start building whatever you need (want) in your house!