Bird Feeder - but that's not the important part

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Project by John133 posted 05-31-2016 11:41 AM 1572 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Memorial Day fun! Just got a new bandsaw but what is better is when one of my 8yo daughters is looking over my shoulder and sees a picture of a bird feeder… “Dad can I build that?” So off to the garage we went. She did a great job and we got to review tool safety, measuring, adding/subtracting… all kinds of lessons. Best part is she wanted to do all the sanding and finishing herself. When all is said and done, she is proud and hopefully learned some things along the way. Then she says, “Dad can we put my pictures up on the website of all the wood projects?” So here is my official introduction as a contributor to the Lumberjocks community, and I couldn’t be a more proud dad.

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#1 posted 05-31-2016 11:51 AM

How neat! She is off to a great start. What is the next project??

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#2 posted 05-31-2016 12:12 PM

Good for you. She learned a LOT more then just how to build a bird feeder …

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#3 posted 05-31-2016 01:45 PM

That’s freaking cool, dude! My 2 year old son helps me with everything around the house (except in the kitchen- so far). I want to make sure he grows up with some skills. Way to go that your daughter is making sawdust. Great bonding experience.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#4 posted 05-31-2016 02:13 PM

That is awesome. You never know where it may lead her and you. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 05-31-2016 03:48 PM

Sawdust is for everyone!

More kids in the shop and less on video games will make a better world for all!

GREAT! Also a neat project and another good EXCUSE to empty wine bottles!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#6 posted 05-31-2016 04:00 PM

Outstanding! A delightful project and a delightful young lady! The smile on her face tells it all. Way to go Dad

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#7 posted 05-31-2016 06:16 PM

Great project!!! Nice way to get your daughter started in woodworking!!!

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#8 posted 05-31-2016 08:21 PM

One beautiful project. Very inovative idea with bottle.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 05-31-2016 11:53 PM

Great looking project—and the birdfeeder’s not bad either…!

It’s great that you guys got some shop time together and that she did the sanding for you. And since she likes sanding, send her over—I’ve got a few projects to sand!

(By the way, how does this feeder actually work? And does the seed just spill out of the bottle, or is there some mechanism that disperses it as needed?)

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

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#10 posted 06-02-2016 05:16 PM

I’m melting.


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#11 posted 06-05-2016 10:20 AM

AWESOME!!! She did a great job and so did you. A great introduction the site, Welcome aboard and hope to see more from both of you in the future.

My daughter has been in the shop with me for a few years now and loves to be able to come up with ways to make things for her dolls and as gifts for others. It is some of the best time I spend in the shop. Those days will be remembered a long time to come.


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

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#12 posted 06-16-2016 10:41 PM

Sawdust is for everyone!

More kids in the shop and less on video games will make a better world for all!

GREAT! Also a neat project and another good EXCUSE to empty wine bottles!

- ralbuck

+1 for that idea. My Grandson is not to interested in anything other than Legos and his Video Games , But my 15 year old Granddaughter wants to get involved any time I am making things when I visit them.

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