Kids, No Chaser

Stuff I Did: Building a Play Kitchen Stove

Monday, January 19, 2009 posted by Henri

I owed my boy a toy kitchen. I'm talking over a year now. My wife claimed he loved playing with toy kitchens. Just like she claimed he would LOVE a toy stroller. I'd be the first to admit that I really didn't want to get my kid that stroller. My wife thought I was being a Neanderthal about it. I told her it was like seeing him wearing a USC jersey....I know it doesn't mean he's going to go to USC, but for some reason the sight of it would make me feel woozy. She said meh and bought him the stroller right away. He played with it a bit then said meh. Then I said meh to any future bright ideas she had about the toys he'd love. Including the kitchen.

Well a few years too late I finally decided to get around to that kitchen stove that I had promised to build. Oh yeah, so the original plan was to buy a toy stove...but for some reason I just didn't want a giant plastic stove/kitchen. I was thinking it would be cool to have like a little Viking/Wolf stove. Must be the undeniable and incredible value of marketing in our society.

So I drew up some plans. Bought some plywood. And poof...Dadmagik.

Starting Materials

For any Dads (or Moms) out there that like making stuff and don't already use pocket hole jigs, all I have to say is....Duuuuuuuuude(ette).

Early Stages

So it turns out the scale of the oven ended up a tad bigger than I thought.

Hinged Storage

I used cabinet hinges to allow the zero-clearance stovetop to open up for storage.

Hello World

And they're off!

Release the Hounds

Enjoy kids...sorry it took me so long to get around to building it. Heck I waited so long to build this for my son that he now has a sister he's forced to share it with.

It also makes an awesome toybox.

Let me know if anyone wants to build their own stove. If enough people are interested I'll try and post detailed plans in a future post.

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Blogger Dan said...

impressive, most impressive.

I would end up sawing off my arm if I tried to do that.

5:24 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'd love to see your plans on how to build this (but a slightly smaller version - our place isn't very big)! this is very impressive. kudos - your kids are lucky to have their dad build something like that for them. i can imagine it being passed down to their kids. =)

9:30 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

where's the fire? they need to play with the fire. just kidding. setting the bar! make me something!

11:57 PM

Blogger anthony said...

best. toy. ever.

6:29 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to see detailed plans (and a time estimate) for this project!

12:19 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi there,
i found your blog via ohdeedoh and think this oven is superb!
if you get a chance, i'd also love to see your plans - thanks for sharing the photos, they're great and your kids are very lucky to have a handy dad! my husband won't go near tools, perhaps because they're mine :)

1:05 AM

Blogger Henri said...

I'm gonna to set out and make some plans for this...just have to measure everything up. I thought I'd redo the plans to utilize those quarter sheets of plywood instead of the big one since for many people, hauling those big sheets can get difficult.

11:03 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job on the toy stove/oven!

I'm working on something like this myself, and I'm a little unsure about what to do with the oven door. I want to hinge it at the bottom like a real oven, but I'm afraid that my daughter might whack herself in the head if it opens to quickly. Do you have any thoughts about this?

7:28 PM

Blogger Oderfla said...

Great job! Please send plans. Thank you!

4:15 PM

Blogger Oderfla said...

Great job! Please send me the plans and other helpful tips. I can't wait to get started!

4:16 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

can you send me the plans also, that is awesome! I just made a bed for our daughter and would love another project! Good job Daddy! email is

thanks again!

10:35 PM

Blogger Henri said...

Sorry it's taken me so long to get these plans done. It's going to take us a while to settle into our new home. As soon as I get situated I'm going to get these plans out to everyone.

11:24 PM

Blogger Matt Jones said...

I've spent the evening searching the internet for inspirations to make my daughter a wooden kitchen set. This is by far the best out there. I really like the stove top!

Even without plans, could you post rough dimensions of the stove? With that, I think I could build this...



6:22 PM

Anonymous Robin G said...

Your stove came out great :)

11:41 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love the plans, too, if you have them looks wonderful - nicely done!!

6:33 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome. Could you please send the plans to

I wish you were in Australia so I could just ask how much you'd charge to make another :-)

2:13 PM

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4:52 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

great job.... I LOVE THE STOVE its the best ever we are shopping around for a stove for our 3yr old and the are all to small she is very tall for her age... anyway please please send me the plans... i will even pay for it... thank you... very much great job again

4:55 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

love this I am looking to build a whole kitchen set for my daughter since that is her favorite thing. I have crochetd a ton of food for heer so now it is over flowing the tiny play kitchen she has.

3:17 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love the plans. My husband would like to build one but needs some plans.

5:51 PM

Anonymous Weslo said...

Wow, very impressive! I will have to try this out, although mine probably won't be as nice as yours looks.

10:42 AM

Blogger moya kate said...

Hi. Great stove. I'm a mum and this is going to be my project for miss 4 and 1. After I've built the boys rockets. you know how it is.

3:51 AM


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