Grandsons in the workshop:: Continued.. #2: 2 Grandsons, 6 weeks, Workshop fun and learning (who?)

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 06-30-2018 12:37 PM 1198 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey , over a year ago..seems longer. I was able to have my oldest grandson in my shop to drill some holes with a brace.(in a blog) he loved it. I think he was 5. Now he is 8 and his brother ready to have some adventure is 5 and a half. My mind is rapidly going through the “what should I give them as safe and easy lessons for that age?” worse is as a retired teacher I keep thinking steps or safety and get bogged down. One at a time in the shop is my rule unless their Dad is there and he is great… I mean he can do it and I would love to have him just build anything. He is cautious being a Violin player but he loves the manual work. And can out cook my wife and I.
Yesterday day 2 of summer here was more hole drilling and some chisel and mallot work to have fun. Then we tried some round off corners on the stationary belt sander. He had to have round 2 and brought in his dad and drew the shape for the corners and was ready to do it, even demanded the hearing protectors. if he could have reached the switch for the dust collector ( mine hangs in the center of my shop at hand reach ) he would have done that. with help and prompt did a nice job for 8 rounding to shape the pine and showed Dad. I was proud but thinking ahead where are we to go with this kid who picks this up this fast..? today we are remaking handles for the clamping vise on the NY workbench as he loved clamping the board so well it cracked the 3/8 dowel I had in there. I promised the boys one boy at a time. I bought a 1/4 bolt and washers to be the new handle 6 inch long. so we will make round wood ends. drill holes. countersink something. use rubber pads and washers. then assemble with 2 nuts. the younger boy will get hole drilling since he has not done that and drill some more holes. the older will see the new handle made since he cracked the cheap dowel granddaddy had and see a project done. Yup more ideas to go and this is week one.

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#1 posted 06-30-2018 04:59 PM

Good times. My oldest loved helping in the shop by youngest never liked it. Maybe they could build some boxes or bird houses.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 07-16-2018 01:25 AM

Yo o’g’2, nothing stirs the sawdust more than a descendant taking up our love for woodworking.

Just a word of warning and no no criticism of your methodology (I don’t want to stir the possum [Aussie expression]).

My #! son had this habit of talking with his hands…. flapping it all around… and managed to bring one of his fingers down on a newly sharpened chisel. It cut deep and suddenly he lost all aspirations for woodworking.

Teach, teach, teach the kids the basics… safety first and then you can be proud and indulge in what they create….

Now I step down from mu soap-box!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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