Grandsons in the workshop:: Continued.. #9: Box is done..Grandsons build a box

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 07-26-2018 10:23 AM 1807 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So the Customer is always right. A hasp and hinges for his lock. What an adventure doing this in 1/2 inch hardwood.
I started this when he wasn’t there so I test my drill bits and profanity on those pesky lightweight steel screws that have no heads on them at all. YUP three tries to get the right driver tip and I was using a hand driver with switch able heads. so past experience is Gold. I knew to look up on my favorite chart the pilot drill size for small screw 5/64 bit did it tried it with the screw…swore at it..knew it was not going it. Like I said no grandson there. went and matched the screw to the plastic hole gauge ehh went from the body hole to the hole 2 sizes down. this is stuff you don’t hear on utube. It worked great. experience….hence my name oldguy2. so did the hasp. then taped the sides and back. Now I brought the grandson in to help with the hinges and we taped those in place and did the same predrill and hand screw those down. All is well. I really like the unfinished. We signed the bottom. It is what He wanted a nice box with a lock. Not a master piece, well it is a masterpiece I made just with his help and input and I am very glad of all the reads this has had.
I hope the steps or some part have given other woodworkers a path to work with their kids or grand kids.

I think we are heading to a bird feeder now that we have some skills together.

Thanks. Hal from Hals Wood Shop

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#1 posted 07-26-2018 04:42 PM

That looks just right!

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

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#2 posted 07-26-2018 11:06 PM

I love the plan, get all the little bitty stuff out of the way so all goes smoothly, then there will be no hick ups to slow down progress and he losses interest.

Different story but it fits I think?
When I was a kid, we lived between two neighborhoods that were just being build, so we had tons of scraps to build our tree forts and the like,
but my story heads to the basement where my dad had a 30 gal. wood barrel full of 16 penny nails and over the years the nails would go down in the barrel by at least 4 or 5 inches every summer as we built our 2 and 3 story tree houses and under ground forts.
There’s something about nailing a 16p in to wood that just feels right it doesn’t matter what it is your making.,
This has helped to build a life long love of wood working.

I’ll shut up now. LOL

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