Grandsons in the workshop:: Continued.. #4: Grandsons in the Shop...Box Project

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 07-16-2018 12:24 AM 1582 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We have a Project. The boy wants to make a Bank box. With a hasp for his lock. Not a bad idea for an 8 year old. So what were the lessons of today. 1. choosing the boards. some 1/2 inch hardwood I had. 2. drawing on paper his idea of a rectangle , actually pretty good. 3. we planned a width from one board and he had to trace the width against the other 3 to get what I would rip the boards to size. 4. we sized the 2 short ends and I cut those. Then with the longer boards. we eyed a length with all the boards upright. 5 I had him mark that length and then with a small Kreg square draw a square line and then showed him how to transfer it across with the opposite ends even. Note that we have only measured one part a width so far..about 3.5 inches. 6. My rule he had to repeat was when I was ripping or cutting a board then he had to stay on the stool. If he got up then our time would be over and I was not going to be hurt because he would disrupt me. 7. we checked the fit of the box for looks and applied glue and with help ( a lot ) he and I set the 4 clamps. 8 I forgot he had to sand one board to get rid of old saw marks… he thought it was hard. I reminded him of his pounding nails or hole drilling. Showing him the sawdust and it had been the result of his work helped. I showed him some box projects ( like the ones in my projects here ) and why we would glue this. He liked it. I am pleased with the lessons today. Parts 2 Using my table saw cut the box apart like a lid and bottom. Plan a bottom and top. glue and inset those parts. Part 3 Sanding Hinges and Hasp predrilling into hardwood. All in all I think this is a good project for an 8 year old. the measuring. drawing. choosing. later sanding ( I will have him do some and sneak some at night ) staining. Keep up for details. Thanks for reading. Maybe it gives you an idea. other ideas based on this and he had a bug box with wire and a bird feeder those would have been pine but similar start steps as I would have seen the project.

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#1 posted 07-16-2018 03:23 AM

I’m sure looking forward to a couple of projects like that with my Grandsons. Your a very blessed man. Enjoy them as much as you can.

My best,

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#2 posted 07-16-2018 03:50 AM

Sounds like fun.
I remember building a Lincoln Log cabin with my son for school when he was small and adding a stone chimney was a lot a fun for both of us.

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#3 posted 07-16-2018 01:45 PM

I don’t have much to say except that I enjoy reading this. I want to some things with my children – and am trying to figure out what is possible. I put a random-orbit sander in my 6-year-old’s hands last night. He didn’t like it – said he felt that he was not in control of it. I was standing right beside him. It’s just a little 5-inch ryobi. I wonder if anybody makes a less powerful ROS that would be more suitable for kids. 5-inch disks are standard. A 4-inch sander would be interesting if anybody makes one and the disks are available. Just some thoughts.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#4 posted 07-17-2018 12:35 AM

Get one of to old time regular sanders not as efficient but just moves in a straight line.

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