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Project by Budman posted 05-29-2007 11:01 PM 5502 views 12 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t know if this will make you a better woodworker??? But it’s guaranteed to make you some little friends…

When my scrap wood pile is building up, and I have some extra time, I like to cut out the parts of a small project (box, bird house, bird feeder, etc…) and even pre-drill for some nail holes… Put it all in a box or sack with the nails and any other hardware that might be required to assemble it…

Now, the next time you have a ‘little’ visitor to your shop (kids, grandkids, etc…) you can pull out one of these, grab a small hammer and maybe some glue, and you will have a friend for life… A BIG advantage to this idea is that you don’t have to use your power tools with a bunch of little fingers in your shop…

-- Rick

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#1 posted 05-29-2007 11:09 PM

Great idea! My son would love to put one of those together with me, but probably even more with Grandpa.

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#2 posted 05-29-2007 11:10 PM

Great Idea Rick.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 05-29-2007 11:50 PM

Awesome use of scraps. Thanks..

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#4 posted 05-29-2007 11:51 PM

That is a wonderful Idea! I can see using that a lot. Taking some kits to a retirement home, handing them out to Cub Scouts, or even neighborhood kids who come by wanting to know “what that noise is”.

Karson, that may be an idea for your Toy Group. Perhaps some kits that include a small hammer, some paint and some inexpensive brushes.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#5 posted 05-30-2007 12:11 AM

That’s a great idea! I mean, a really great idea!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 05-30-2007 01:21 AM

Really great idea….no grandkids yet but someday soon…I hope.

-- Bob

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#7 posted 05-30-2007 01:39 AM

What a great idea… would even make a nice gift for a toy drive or some such… I’m also seeing an activity for kids parties.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#8 posted 05-30-2007 01:48 AM

Outstanding. Please post some pictures of the happy craftsmen the next time you build some.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 05-30-2007 01:51 AM

now that is woodworking love the idea and will give it a try.

-- F.Little

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#10 posted 05-30-2007 04:00 AM

spreading the love one project at a time!!! nice idea…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 05-30-2007 05:49 AM

I actually did that with my grandson over the weekend while babysitting. I knew he was coming so I cut out a bird house and all we had to do is hot glue it together and paint it green with Krylon so it dried fast. You know they can’t wait. ‘that is a great idea. kids do love it. jockmike ps. must be us michiganders think alike as long as we’re trolls. Because above the bridge it’s a whole new ball game, hey.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 05-30-2007 06:06 AM

Being raised in a family of teachers the idea terrorizes me. Sure one or two is ok but the next thing you know it’s the whole 4th grade…year after year…till mom retires…then your sister gets her teaching degree…
Great idea really!

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#13 posted 05-30-2007 11:50 AM

What a most excelent and simple idea – thanks for the inspiration

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#14 posted 05-30-2007 12:33 PM

Great idea, it brings back memories of when my boys were in the cub scouts. I designed, & we made 32 Wren houses with one sheet of 1/2” plywood. We did it for a fundraiser instead of selling candy. I don’t even remember how I did it, but I suppose if I thought about awhile it would come back to me.
Plywood was only $5.00 a sheet back then, so it was very profitable.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#15 posted 06-01-2007 12:37 PM

a daycare that I was recently visiting had some wooden squares available for the kids to paint.. The kids moved from painting to taping them together to make houses. They were so proud.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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