Papa with his 2 grandsons #1: Papa's Bookcase Build for his 2 Grandsons

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Blog entry by gdaveg posted 06-18-2022 11:53 PM 665 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My brother in law passed away May 6 from complications of a chemo treatment. He was in the middle of building 2 bookcases, one for each of his grandsons. They are 8 and 5 y/o.

Myno (gramma) asked me to finish the bookcases that he had started. I gladly accepted the small task for one of my shop buddies both in Washington and AZ. One bookcase was complete minus one edge banding strip. The second case was all cut but not assembled. That did not rule out me making my usual error and then having to correct it, some things never change.

Greg (Papa) was a very experienced woodworker. These bookcase builds will serve their intended purpose and are very sturdy, as his grandsons are whirling dervishes. I am sure they will be used as ladders. or as platforms to jump off of. I used plenty
of glue and pins.

They are excellent shop sweep & vacuum up dudes. They were disappointed on the day after my first visit as I had already cleaned up. I promise them a lot of sawdust for their next visit.

Bookcase 1 has been taken home already and case 2 is ready to go.

I am thinking of making bird house kits for all 4 of my grandkids and will add 2 more for these guys, we will build in Greg’s shop and they will clean up after screwing them together.

Bookcase pic 1

Bookcase pic 2

Papa with his 2 boys.

Wasn’t sure where to post this, as a project, forum or blog.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#1 posted 06-19-2022 12:07 AM

This project took me 3 weeks, actually 3 short working days. Had to wait for the rain to stop to apply the finish, have a left knee that is giving me heck (bone bruise) and trying to work on 3 table lamps. Had 3.5”of rain so far in June, average to this date is 1.25”, May was not much better.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#2 posted 06-19-2022 01:44 AM

You are very Blessed to have this time to spend bonding with and developing these precious children. They will never for get this experience, a time of making cherished memories. Savior the moment.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#3 posted 06-19-2022 01:52 AM

Well done Dave finishing up the project. Also some good quality time.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#4 posted 06-19-2022 02:36 AM

I agree 100% with OldRivers. Wonderful project and wonderful commitment.
Excellence! They are going to be thrilled with the bird house project too.

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#5 posted 06-19-2022 02:59 AM

Greg and Deb (Myno) had each kid on a separate day of the week to save wear and tear on the grandparents. I love both of those boys, but have to keep an eye on them, no noise then go track them down.

Been studying bird houses, more to it then I thought. Floor size and door opening size appeal to different bird species.

Think I will just buy some cedar fence boards, will stand up to the rain and sort of cheap.

May let the oldest kid drill some holes on Papa’s drill press, probably not much can go wrong there, I will be holding the handle with him.

I will precut all the boards ahead of time.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#6 posted 06-19-2022 03:02 AM

That sounds like a great idea Dave. I have grandkids coming down next month.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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