Mother and daughter toolbox

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Project by ejvc posted 06-14-2014 07:44 AM 1484 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first project, after more than a year! The next one will take less time, I promise. I have a blog series that is related to this but I thought I’d put up pictures here.

So, my six year-old and I built this together. During the process of building, we moved houses twice and countries once. Everything has been done by hand, and nearly all of it not very well! We loved drilling with our big bit and brace and our little eggbeater drill, and she loves nailing. Painting was a big part of the fun too!

It contains the tools that we got for her from the “Little Red Toolbox” series. Speaking of those tools – I like them because they are real and not toys, but some of them can be difficult to use; I am thinking particularly of the saw, which is just not sharp. But she loves the hammer and the screwdrivers, as well as the fretsaw, and of course the measuring tape is fine. And the clamps are great! So overall I guess I am just disappointed with the saw.

The toolbox has two extra trays, one is fixed at the top and is only big enough for pencils and measuring tape and stuff. The second one is removable, and has clamps and screwdriver and the hammer and stuff. We painted the tool silhouettes on so she would know where they go (she really likes that aspect, and it encourages her to put things back). The bottom tray has the saw, the rasp and the sanding block.

The new house has lots of lumber left by the previous resident (all just pine boards) and space to work. We are already at work on our next project!

-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 06-14-2014 08:13 AM

You are learning, you are getting quality time with your daughter. Excellent project from what I see.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 06-14-2014 11:29 AM

Doesn’t look bad at all. Your daughter will keep it forever and the two of you will have the memories forever also.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 06-14-2014 02:52 PM

That is a very nice tote. Great project on work on with your daughter. You two did a great job on it!!............................Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 06-14-2014 03:25 PM

Ya’ll did a very nice job on this toolbox but most importantly you did it together and it will always be something to remember the time together. As time goes by it will become more and more valuable to the both of you. Keep up the good work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 06-14-2014 04:15 PM

Thanks for posting this! At 6 years this is phenomenal. And it will be a memory shared. If you want a saw you can always find one at a yard sale and paint the handle?

Watch out for age 7! LOL! Significant brain development coming. :<)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Mark Shymanski

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#6 posted 06-14-2014 04:42 PM

A very cool start into you and your daughter’s woodworking journey!

Be mindful that at this age the process should be about fun and not necessarily finishing the project as designed or in a timely fashion. The journey is where the fun is the final outcome icing on the cake. Building, making, anything we do in the shop together are some of the best times my kids and I have; I hope yours are just as enjoyable!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#7 posted 06-14-2014 04:46 PM

my six year old daughter saw me looking at it and said i want to build one so i better get to rounding up materials. very nice work.

-- Mcgyver

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#8 posted 06-14-2014 09:25 PM

Wonderful tool box, I am sure she will remember the time spent building this with you

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

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#9 posted 06-17-2014 12:23 AM

Looks great!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#10 posted 06-18-2014 11:25 PM

What a great project to share with your daughter. It is great that the 2 of you are working together on these.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#11 posted 06-19-2014 08:05 PM

Thanks everyone for your lovely responses. She is really into woodworking and we are having a lot of fun together for sure.

-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...

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