Grandsons in the workshop:: Continued.. #17: Grandson project and What Granddad learned today

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 05-08-2020 12:01 AM 531 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 16: Grandson#2 Mothers Day project..He is 8 Part 17 of Grandsons in the workshop:: Continued.. series Part 18: Grandson Picture frame project done »

Day 4 of our 6 in by 8 in wood picture frame for his Mother for Mothers Day. Never skip sanding and teach them young. He was impressed with practice with the stationary belt sander and I was holding parts also. First I had him just practice on some old parts then really just push it into the belt and see what it could do. fun is fun. we marked a corner and he pushed to the line. Next we practiced with a small square to see if his frame were the corners true. Oh my here is where I had learned a lot. these small parts 1.5 in by 3 inch cross pieces really show if your ends are not square inside and I had worked to get them true…of course I was the one who cut those parts..learning to sand and test fit some little part and the error shows. yuk ! So we marked the ends as needed. and then he watched me lightly sand and he checked the line and smooth feel. An 8 year old can be impressed with smooth sanding . Now his last part was to sand over the long edges and the corners. So we counted strokes 6 to 7 for an edge. He liked that idea and was pleased with the smooth edge. He learned about holding the sand block at an angle. Also I use an old metal router table that was bowed as his step up very sturdy and big area for his feet. its under the blue bucket. Later we should build a box, no time right now.

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#1 posted 05-08-2020 02:23 AM

That’s one nice looking frame!!!
Keep up the great work and keep us posted.
His name must be John he’s wearing a John Deer tee shirt. LOL

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#2 posted 05-08-2020 06:27 AM

Keep up the good work grandpa! We love watching the two of you work together. He will always treasure your relationship and what he is learning from you.


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#3 posted 05-08-2020 11:44 AM

Just awesome that he is able to spend time on the shop with you. If he is like me he will remember it many years from now and realize that he learned a lot as he was having fun with his grandfather.


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