Thursday, March 28, 2013

Toolbox for children

My younger brother sent me this picture of a toolbox which he made for his sons. Actually he made two, one for each of them, but he only sent me one picture.

I like the sheer look of it, with nice bright colours for the door and window.

The door handle looks like it is made of a headless nail which has been bent.

he is going to make a small workshop class together with some Japanese magazine, and 10-20 children will each make their own toolbox.
I guess the workshop will take place in Tokyo (where he lives), and he speaks fluent Japanese if anybody should be interested in participating.


  1. That looks great! What a neat idea for kids.

    I would go to the workshop, but my Japanese is even worse than my German.

  2. Don't worry, he can speak Danish as well (and he actually also speaks English).

    Whenever I make projects with my children, I tend to over complicate them. But we do make small quick projects as well once in a while.

    After finishing my 25 dovetailed drawers for the kitchen, Asger (then 4 years old) exclaimed that he too wanted to make a box with those jigsaw puzzle corners (dovetails).
    So we actually made a small dovetailed box, 1 tail per side, and I did the sawing, and held the chisel, and he would whack it with a mallet. It turned out pretty well in the end though.

  3. Working with your children now makes for some great memories 20+ years later.

  4. It is worth all the trouble, when you see their pride upon presenting their mother with a gift they have made themselves.
    Actually children are a lot of fun.

  5. That box is just awesome. I think my little girl would love one. As far as speaking different langauges is concerned I can't say a word because I can only speak and write in English(barely). I had 3 years of French in high school but I don't remember much excpet for a few dozen words or so.

  6. When your native language is only spoken by 5.2 million, it is a pretty good idea to learn some foreign languages :-)

    I actually think it could be a nice cosy project. Just make the boards ready and she can help puttin glue on and hammer some small nails in to hold it.
    Paint the door and window and she can have a toolbox ready in short time.
    A small gardening set could also fit in there.

  7. The door handle nail actually has a small head on it (But you cannot see this in the picture)

    It was good fun to make it with my kids and Kai (5 years) now keeps all his tools in his all the time!