My Toddler Builds a Toolbox

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Blog entry by Stephenw posted 06-03-2012 07:34 PM 10740 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I cut the parts for him from pine. If you look closely at the picture, you can see that I also drilled pilot holes for the nails. This will help to guide the nails in straight.


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#1 posted 06-03-2012 10:05 PM

Great to see a couple of new woodworkers in training, perhaps a kreg jig and a cordless drill for his next birhday.

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#2 posted 06-03-2012 10:17 PM

What a memory for all of you !! It put a smile on my face and my wife’s also. They did a great job. I think
“wed” is an excellent color. Lol.
Thanks for sharing. Great video.!

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jimmy J

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#3 posted 06-04-2012 12:37 AM

i did a similar thing with a birdhouse that my 3yr old son could put together with my wife on mothers day – as a way for her to spend qt with him. worked out great.

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#4 posted 06-04-2012 02:10 AM

An amazing 3 year old! He really concentrates and is so serious about doing it himself. These memories will be priceless.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 06-04-2012 03:24 AM

I especially enjoyed seeing how big brother handled the bent nail.

Little brother must have been watching because his bent nail didn’t slow him down one bit.

Your strategy of using pre-drilled holes and using a workbench-clamp has inspired me to get my five grandkids into the shop.

Thanks so much!


-- Sent from my Commodore 64

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#6 posted 06-05-2012 12:56 AM

I purchased a quart of Rust-oleum red latex paint and a foam brush. Today, he painted it “wed”. I let him paint the whole thing. I just went behind him and smoothed the runs.

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#7 posted 06-05-2012 03:19 AM

Stephenw, I think you’re doing great things as a dad by bringing your kids into the shop, and allowing them to do these things without an enormous amount of help. They’ll learn so much by doing it themselves.
My dad used to do similar things, letting he help drive nails, helping measure, and giving me the freedom to do it without instruction. I did get a lot of cuts and hurt fingers but that’s how I learned safety. Your boys are gonna be better off from what you’re doing with them. Kudos to a great dad, especially as fathers day approaches.

-- Life is Good

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