Grandsons in the workshop:: Continued.. #3: Grandsons. Day 2 Learning more..

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 06-30-2018 10:05 PM 1700 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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And Day 1 the oldest was using the tail vise and wound the handle tight to great. breaking the 3/8 dowel. But he learned how hard and well the vise would hold any piece of wood and had drilled many holes in hardwood and softwood. Also had used the tailstock vise. Now a brace and bit is not easy work but he has improved. Today the younger 5 and a half boy was in for the first lesson…you might ask what do you show or teach. show some projects you did. Measure items. Name some tools. and drill some holes with a brace and bit. it is slow and safe. later you can get onto a hand drill and slow speed and a better drill bit.
Day 2 for the older boy we set out to drill holes in the old handle ends and use a 6 inch by 1/4 bolt to make a new handle for the tailstock vise. So I drilled the larger countersink hole. he drilled the 1/4 thru hole then a metal washer and a piece of rubber to cushion the ends. I had sketched this on paper and had him assemble this in order. Not a bad plan for an 8 year old. and he did fine. I hot glued the end of the bolt and the nut to the knobs and now have a nice 5 inch metal shaft to crank the vise. I could not find at the local store any bolt longer than 6 inches or I would have bought up to an 8 inch. this was 65 cents for the bolt and washers and nuts. the learning…still priceless and later we used an electric drill with a 1/4 bit at slow speed to drill into hardwood and softwood.
I think later I will head toward a bird feeder or box. I showed them a bandsaw box and they were impressed.
Any ideas about simple projects would be helpful…Thanks Hals Wood Shop

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#1 posted 07-01-2018 12:18 AM

I’m back to building toys in my old age but as a kid building push carts and the like was so much fun.

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#2 posted 07-03-2018 02:58 AM

Wonderful learning environment

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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