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Project by Russel posted 08-22-2007 01:03 AM 1988 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With Douglas Bordner’s announcement of his new apprentice, I thought I share the furniture I made for my daughter’s first child. I have two sons and a daughter and she is the youngest and has a way of saying, “Daddy” (even at 27 years old) that can turn me into the most flexible zombie you have ever seen.

When she was pregnant with her first child she casually strolled into my shop and said, “So, Daddy are you going to make me a crib?” Of course I immediately responded by saying, “I can make a matching changing table too.”

Yep, that’s me the ultimate in negotiations. Now, I had never even attempted either crib or dressing table, but in true and complete ignorance I thought, “how hard could it be” and off I went to buy some wood.

Fortunately my wife had recently watched an episode of New Yankee Workshop with Norm using his dedicated mortising machine and my life partner said, “Do you have one of those?” Well, a mortiser made securing the slats much cleaner, so I welcomed her question. To make a long story short, my daughter got a crib and changing table and I got a Delta benchtop mortiser.

All’s well that ends well, right?

-- Working at Woodworking

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#1 posted 08-22-2007 01:11 AM

Nice story Russ. And great looking furniture you made too.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#2 posted 08-22-2007 01:14 AM

love the negotiating! She’s good lol (sounds like my daughter).

Great job, though, with the new tool .. I guess we should add that to the list of how to get a new tool: wait for a grandchild to come along

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

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#3 posted 08-22-2007 01:16 AM

......thats great… the firetruck knobs on the table….

-- My dad was an electrician, but my fathers a carpenter.

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Bob Babcock

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#4 posted 08-22-2007 04:53 AM

Great stuff… very nice. I can’t wait for grandchildren.

Extraordinary negotiating skills…and I’m not speaking of your daughter. It must have taken you years of preparation to have your wife watch Norm just when you need grandchildren stuff. You must realize the power of grandchildren. Your tool inventory has the potential to increase exponentially now. A simple…”I can build this for the grandkids if only I had my own sawmill” and soon you are asking your fellow LJ’s on which portable mill to buy. Use the power wisely.

-- Bob

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#5 posted 08-22-2007 05:17 AM

Great furniture. Maybe family heirloom.

-- bryano

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Douglas Bordner

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#6 posted 08-22-2007 05:47 AM

Bob you are crackin’ me up (although there might be a way to get a Domino out of all this, or at least a DowelMax – let me think about this for a while).

Thanks for sharing these with us Russell! Nice work. I’d hate to think how flexible a zombie I would have been if Nic was a girl or if this first grandkid was a female.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#7 posted 08-22-2007 06:00 AM

Nice looking furniture. And congrats on the first Grandchild.

-- 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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#8 posted 08-22-2007 12:29 PM

I think I made a cradle, first.
Bought me a little time to make the crib.

They are now about 17 years old and I hope they aren’t soon put back to use!

Ahh, the joys of grandkids.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#9 posted 08-22-2007 03:26 PM

Great job.

It’s a shame the way those daughters have us wrapped around their fingers, though. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 08-23-2007 12:21 AM

Hey you got more than what I usually get for my honey do’s and please daddy’s. Hey, we’d do it anyway would’nt we? Nice project. jockmike

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

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#11 posted 08-23-2007 06:51 AM

Where’s the picture of the mortiser?

Nice projects.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 08-23-2007 01:02 PM

Lee, I seriously considered putting a picture of the mortiser up, but it’s not in photographic condition – there’s sawdust everywhere and it looked a little too busy to be bothered posing for a picture, so I left it alone.

I will say that little machine has been one of my best purchases. I use it on a regular basis and would rather not think about being without it.

-- Working at Woodworking

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