Moose Lamp

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Project by croquetman posted 06-30-2009 09:16 PM 1757 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Every year one, two or three of the grand kids visits for a week of one-on-one. My wife and I try to find something for them to do that will be educational and memorable. This year was Gabe’s turn and we decided to make a Moose Lamp for his room. The project is from plans available from Meisel; these were very clear and complete. The base is walnut, the body is cherry and the antlers are white oak – all from our trees.

Gabe is 6 going on 7. His mother ordered me to return him with all his digits. therefore, his job was to file all the pieces I had precut to the line and sand them smooth. You would think the kid had died and gone straight to heaven! Then when it was all together, Gabe and his grand mother finished the lamp with Danish oil. A trip to the local lamp store for a shade, and “all done”.

Unfortunately, when the lamp went home with Gabe, his mother decided it was too nice to hide in his room. So the lamp sits in the living room, on one of the side tables I made for Amy many years ago. Nice touch!

-- Whatever

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#1 posted 06-30-2009 10:18 PM

Sure looks like a lot of fun had by all,
Can’t wait for my grandson to be old enough to come over and play with me in my shop’
Well done on all fronts.,

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 06-30-2009 10:22 PM

well well well who’s the proudest Grandmommy or Grandaddy.What a lovely happy little boy god bless you all . I love that little lamp this happy little face has made my day.I hope my grandson turns out just like him. congrats Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 06-30-2009 10:32 PM

bukkwinkle lives !
his smile is worth a thousand words .
and the memories ,
priceless !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 07-01-2009 03:40 AM

So sweet to have kids in the shop like that….!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 07-01-2009 03:42 AM

Its all about fun and a great moose

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#6 posted 07-01-2009 03:52 AM

Nice project for you and the grandkids. Great job. I’ll bet he’ll remember every minute of shop time.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#7 posted 07-01-2009 02:45 PM

It’s funny that patron mentioned Bullwinkle. When I suggested we name the moose Bulwinkle, all I got was a blank stare. It seems that is one icon that has not been passes to this next generation. Thanks for all the nice comments, guys. It was a fun project.

-- Whatever

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#8 posted 07-01-2009 08:49 PM

That little man is going to be standing in his woodshop with his grandson in about 70 years remembering this project. He’ll smile to himself and then tell his grandson the story.

Very very nice

-- Chip, Virginia

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#9 posted 07-03-2009 04:03 PM

I know you’ve graduated to the pinnacle of success, when you can enlist the aid of your own sanding and finishing specialists! That looks like it was one of the most difficult sanding projects you could find! I’ve never seen so many curves ….. and the base? Well it looks like Gabe enjoys his assigned duties very much. I know you had much fun as well! It’s always great fun, having family in the shop with you. Congratulations and please pass along the compliment to Gabe as well, on such a nice lamp. I’m glad to see that you’re sharing and passing on love of the craft.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#10 posted 07-03-2009 06:46 PM

Actually, Ken, my wife couldn’t help herself; Gabe and I were having too much fun, and she was concerned we’d get Danish Oil on his shirt and shorts – big deal! She even makes me wear clear clothes on the weekends, so her behavior is understandable. I have a year to come up with a Gabe/Grandpa project for 2010. It’s always a challenge since we don’t have a lot of time. In the meantime, he’s trying his hand at golf, and, if he can get over his aversion to worms, fishing.

-- Whatever

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#11 posted 08-26-2009 03:55 AM

Gabe!!!Way to go Gabe!!!!

You and Grampa made a great lamp.

Unlike me, I’m sure you are talented enough to put jam on toast.

You should be very proud. And you are lucky to have such a great man for a Grandpa!!!!

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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#12 posted 08-26-2009 04:16 AM

That is so cool! A lot of lessons and experiences here. Wow, does it get any better….........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#13 posted 08-26-2009 02:24 PM

To say that Gabe is proud of his lamp seriously understates the state of things. We had originally decided the lamp would go in his room. His mother would have none of that. The lamp is on a side table in the living room, prominently displayed for all to see. My daughter is Gabe’s biggest fan being the youngest with 2 older sisters – poor kid may never recover from childhood. Anyway, with all that reinforcement, he is one proud 6 1/2 year old. Until next year’s shop project materializes, we are filling in with golf lessons.

-- Whatever

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#14 posted 02-23-2010 01:47 AM

There’s a Moose on the Loose!!!! What a great Grandpa.. Great job.

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#15 posted 02-23-2010 03:46 PM

We are both looking forward to this year’s Camp Grandpa project. Will we work in the shop, or play some golf? Maybe both.

-- Whatever

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