Every time a child in our family has their first birthday I build a toy chest for them. One of our great nieces is having her first birthday this Sunday. I always enjoy coming up with something a little different for each one. I have been building the chest this week and almost have it finished. It still needs another coat of paint and I'm still designing the ornamentation.
When these events come up my wife always gives me the order to make the toy box. Every time I grumble and moan about all the work they take. It makes a total mess out of the shop and usually takes me a full week to complete. Then after I get started I remember how much fun it is to build a larger project. Especially one that will belong to someone in the family.
Building something is fun. Building something for someone you care about takes the fun to a whole new level. Of course you are always a little nervous that it won't come out as well as you hoped. There are always little details that you see wrong that others will not even notice.
If you have a chance to build something special for someone just give it your best. Build it with love. Don't over analyze the flaws. Enjoy the process. Also remember that people react differently to receiving a gift. If you don't get rave reviews don't be hurt. That's the best thing about our tradition. I'm building this for a one year old. It will be a few years before I know if she hates it or not.:)
By the way. I had to put the Spider Scare Box plans on hold so I could get this toy chest finished. I promise that I will eventually get them completed.
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