What do you get when you put 20 kids — age 1 to 10 — in a room full of brand-new toys? Our curious and cute testers, all Minnesota kids, found...
Larger than life
If you’re looking for something extra-special for your kid’s room, we have just the thing: Local woodworker Gary Moore is making toy boxes that look like LEGO bricks (sold as OGEL toy boxes) as well as shelving-storage units designed to look like giant Etch A Sketches (sold as Stretch-A-Sketches).
Moore, who hails from Cardiff, Wales, moved to Minnesota about four years ago.
He and his wife, Carrie, and their 4-year-old, Oliver, live in St. Paul.
“Oliver is my chief product tester,” Moore said. “Almost everything in his room I made — and it gets thoroughly tested on a daily basis.”
Moore uses Baltic birch plywood to make the toy boxes ($450 a piece, available in red, white or blue) and MDF (medium-density fiberboard) to make the Stretch-A-Sketch storage systems ($1,200). Both are finished with low-VOC, water-based paint. Each toy box includes hinge stays that hold the lid open in any position up to 90 degrees. Rope handles on the sides make the 40-pound boxes easier to move around.
Moore also offers an OGEL bookcase for $840 and a glass-top OGEL side table for $336.
Moore’s pieces are made to order — typically in about two weeks — although he usually has a couple of toy boxes in stock. Colors and features can be customized for an extra charge.
He also crafts contemporary bedroom, living room and dining room furniture and accessories, including a wine rack that looks like a honeycomb and a large console cabinet that completely conceals a flat-screen TV (and also provides oodles of hidden storage).
Gary Moore’s Stretch-A-Sketch storage systems cost $1,200. Moore’s pieces are made to order, typically in about two weeks.
Gary Moore and his wife, Carrie, and their 4-year-old, Oliver, live in St. Paul.
Moore's OGEL bookcases go for $840 a piece.
Moore’s glass-top OGEL side table goes for $336. Moore also crafts contemporary bedroom, living room and dining room furniture and accessories for non-LEGO-loving adults.
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