Hinge and Latch Board
Materials 12-by-24-inch piece of ¾-inch thick wood
Assorted hinges, latches, and hooks
Tools Cordless drill with V-inch and ¹ \ af-inch bits
Phillips and ﬂat-head screwdrivers
Pencil Sandpaper, 100-120 grit
Rag Estimated Build Cost
This project will last nearly forever and
it will entertain young children for almost
as long. It’s simple: a piece of wood with a
variety of hinges, latches, and hooks that
they can manipulate. They will love playing
with all the moving parts.
Ages 18 mos.
This project should cost you between $15 and $25
Directions 1. Use your sandpaper to make sure the board is
smooth and take the time to gently round the edges
and corners to prevent splintering. The hardware
you select should be small to medium in size; don’t
select a huge set of hinges or a giant gate latch.
Keep the size of your board in mind when shopping.
2. Next, lay out your assorted hardware to
ensure that it all ﬁts and that there is room for its
operation. Leave plenty of open space between
items. If things are too crowded, children can get
confused. You do not want to crowd too many
items onto the board.
3. After you are happy with the layout, mark the
hole locations with your pencil.
4. The next step is to drill pilot holes for all the
screws. This will reduce the risk of splitting your
board and make driving the screws easier. The
¹ \ af-inch bit should do the job in most cases,
although the larger V-bit might be necessary.
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