I Made This My Little Pony Cabinet

It took me several months, off and on, but my latest carpentry project is finally complete! It's a hanging cupboard that looks like Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.

The door is made of 0.25 inch birch plywood. The body is made of 0.5 inch birch plywood. The box has exterior measurements of 12.5 inches high, 10.5 inches wide, and 4.5 inches deep. The door is, at its furthest extent, 20 inches across and 19 inches tall.

The box is held together with 16 0-gauge wood biscuits. The door is attached to the box by hinges to a 1x1 inch strip of pine which is glued to the door. The door is held in place with a magnetic clasp.

I used this image by DeviantART member Vexorb as a template for Pinkie Pie’s head. I painted it on with acrylic craft paint, then applied a clear matte spray paint as a protective coating. I used a latex house paint for the back of the door and the box.

Overall, I am pleased with the results. But there were some difficulties. For one, the box fitting is imprecise. Although I've used my plate joiner on 3 other projects, this is the first time that I've used it on anything other than 0.75 inch wood. It's built to slice evenly into this thickness, so I had to improvise to cut into 0.5 inch wood.

I select my carpentry projects in order to teach myself new skills. This is the most demanding painting job that I've had and the only artistic work that I've done since high school.

The door turned out well. A bandsaw would have been ideal, but I have only a jigsaw. It was surprisingly adequate. The hardest sawing task was the eyelashes. I managed to smooth out the spaces between the eyelashes (where the jigsaw couldn't reach) by slicing narrow strips of sandpaper (about 0.25 inches across) and flossing them back and forth until the eyelashes were shaped properly. I was worried that the eyelashes would break off, but they're actually quite sturdy.

This and my other carpentry projects are a part of an ongoing, deliberate effort to teach myself practical building and repair skills. I live in an apartment, so there is a limit to what I can do. I've mostly built wood furniture. As a result, I've learned a lot about carpentry that is applicable beyond cabinetmaking.

(Image: Ninja High School/Ben Dunn)

Now it's time for me to tackle an electrical project. I have almost no experience with electrical work, so it's a skill void that I should fill. I haven't settled on a firm idea, but I'm thinking about building from scratch an 8-way variable lamp. Since I'm a fanboy, I may design it to reflect the art of my favorite comic book series, Ninja High School.

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They really like it! They've watched me build lots of things, so they've some to see me as handy around the home. Probably more than I really am.

They're just 3 and 5, so they haven't yet figured out that their daddy is odd.

The drawings in the photos are theirs.
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