Grant’s had an interest in woodworking since he was young. It’s a family tradition–Grant’s grandpa worked in construction and made him toys in his spare time. Those happy memories of running around with his handmade rubber band guns and even a big wooden wagon have turned in to a way for he and his wife to work together to give that same joy to their friends and family. Now, they’re passing that family tie on through making things for their children.
With woodworking being a hobby, Grant and his wife were interested in a CNC machine, but didn’t want it to take up a lot of space. Neither of them had any experience with a CNC machine or graphic design, but MakerMade allowed them to have an easy access point to begin dreaming up ideas.
“The idea that for a relatively small investment, we could basically create anything we wanted in our own garage was really something we were excited about.”
When the kit arrived, they assembled and calibrated with relative ease and quickly began working on small, “starter” projects like decorations for their home, word art signs, etc. Once they got comfortable with how it all worked, it was time for them to dream up bigger projects. First up was a project inspired by their son and his best friend. “For Halloween we wanted to create a Top Gun Navy fighter jet replica that could fit on top of our radio flyer wagon so that the toddler versions of Maverick and Goose could really ride in style!” They didn’t have any design experience, but they turned to the forum + community with their idea and quickly got help creating the g-code based on their measurements and drawings (“major shout out to Jakrro from Norway!”)
“Needless to say, that first project was a major hit on Halloween!”
After such a fun hit of a project for their son, they quickly got to dreaming up their next ideas to add to their holiday traditions. “Since the jet, we have made several other fun projects around the holidays including some lawn reindeer for a friend and a snowman for our front porch, some more wall art, and most recently we were to stars of the show this past Halloween when we created a firetruck for our son and daughter to ride in while dressed as a firefighter and a dalmation puppy. That project was probably our favorite because our son was so excited about the project and loves it so much that he wants to ride in it around the neighborhood year-round.”
For those who are wanting to create family memories and traditions of their own, Grant’s advice is to be patient and know their may be some hiccups along the way–you may even have to start over. But–regardless of your experience–if you’re willing to learn even a little bit of graphic design, the possibilities of what you can create in your own garage are pretty endless.
Grant and his wife are brainstorming up new projects inspired by their children and their interests. They’re dreaming up ideas of birthday party props and another bigger project for Halloween 2019, so keep up with them through our maker community!
If you’d like to create these projects yourself, download the files.