Grandsons in the workshop:: Continued.. #14: Grandsons Leaving..So here's What !

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 08-17-2018 10:56 AM 1483 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 13: 5 yr. old finishes the box Part 14 of Grandsons in the workshop:: Continued.. series Part 15: Namesake Keep it fun and simple »

Today is not such a great day in the Shop. The boys leave their long vacation. Here are ideas and things to be aware of from 7 weeks here. Have more the one Vice..( I try not to use profanity anyways…its tough not to..) but they boys usually had a board in a vice and drilling or measuring and just doing. Hand planing was practiced to get a bevel on one box and it helped, it is a skill. we could all get fast at it. Drilling…look out the magic of a small power drill and more than the scrap board they can start taking the Norm Abrams bench apart. Needs some small parts worked on like the vise handle from bolts and wood, great project. There was the magic moment when they could see how the parts of the hasp would go together. Mistakes happen. Want them busy and you have to do something too, try the brace and bit, get ready, if you put the board in the vise and drill horizontal they will drill for quite a few hours and wear out you and them. I happen to have the old spur bits and they hold into the stock. New brad points would be good but now, depending on the boy or girl, you have some safety concerns. Have your first aid box ready for you or them, better to show them you can fix that scratch or cut then look unprepared or scared and ruin the experience. My shop will be different tomorrow and I never had this from my father so I am enjoying what I can share and teach. Hope I did this for some others. Thanks. Hal

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#1 posted 08-17-2018 08:33 PM

Man, I’m sorry they are leaving! Too quite, it will be.

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

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#2 posted 08-17-2018 09:07 PM

I am tipping an “ill be back” (we will be back) comment is in order.

14 episodes of absolutely engrossing activity, keep up the good work.
P.S. do you want me so send you a hanky!

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 08-17-2018 11:30 PM

Great posts and next year they’ll be showing you what is needed. lol

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#4 posted 08-18-2018 02:32 AM

Great lessons learned, and I am sure great memories made all around. Well done.

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#5 posted 08-19-2018 04:13 AM

I agree you made some great memories!

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