Sometimes it seems like my son and his neighborhood friends are more like children growing up in the 50’s. Sure, they watch cartoons and the play the occasional video game, but the vast majority of their play time is spent wandering and playing outside with nothing but their imaginations. We neighborhood parents love this.
We affectionately refer to the group of children as the wolf pack. The wolf pack wanders from yard to yard, through the woods and around the creeks. They are always within hearing distance of at least one parent, but we often don’t actually see them unless they want food.
Our woods are incredibly beautiful, and full of adventures for the kids. Unfortunately, Michigan woods are also full of mosquitos. Lots and lots of mosquitos. We go through an absurd amount of bug spray. Seriously, I should buy stock in the bug spray company. Anyhow, we were always losing track of the cans of bug spray, and then finding them in random places all over the yard. So we decided it was time to make an official home for it.
Now before I explain how this was made I have to start with the disclaimer that Patrick made this one day while I was gone. He took the pictures with his phone and the quality is pretty terrible, but it’s at least enough to explain the process.
He started with a pile of pallet wood and old fence posts from our stash.
He cut 3 pieces of pallet wood to 20" x 5.5".
Then cut the pieces for a frame.
2 @ 20"x 3.25" and 2 @ 16.5"x 3.25"
He stapled the frame together,
Then stapled the first 3 boards to the back of the frame.
He cut another piece at 15" x 3.25"
And stapled it in as a shelf.
The door of the cabinet was made from the fence posts.
He cut 6 pieces at 20" x 3.5"
Then two more at 14", and stapled them to the back of the door to hold it all together.
He found 2 old hinges,
And used them to attach the door.
We decided that the outside wall of the workshop, covering the ugly power box, would be a good place to mount the new cabinet.
We stocked the cabinet with a bunch of bug spray, and a first aid kit full of band-aids and such, for the occasional scraped knee or thorn scratch.
To finish it off, I painted the classic first aid cross on the front and sanded to distress.
Now it is all conveniently located in one place, and the wolf pack can help themselves to whatever they need.
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