My daughters first try on powertools (10 years).

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Project by mafe posted 05-16-2010 03:57 PM 3047 views 2 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a proud father here…
My daughter made a little bed for her cousins dools. She tryed the tablesaw, sander, and even the nailgun, so it was her first try on power tools. As you can see a semi teenager are allways well dressed, even when woodworking…
It was time to update my daughters toolbox, since I’ll be in charge of a open workshop where adults trying forces with wood, every second wedensday evening (I’ll be there as a kind of guide, to take care of the shop, the tools and most of all safety). It’s a commune project.
The reason to update her box was that she will go with me, and she was so proud when we were there to tell that she had her own toolbox, that she want’s to bring.
I made the box for her when she was probaly 3 years, and she has been very happy for this little feminine box. I took some hours to paint all the little red animals there.
Today we will go again, since she got quite hooked there, it’s so wonderful to share moments like that.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 05-16-2010 04:13 PM

Great job Mafe!
Tell your daughter her joinery skills are way above what mine were at 10.
And very nice way to spend some quality time with her.
Take pictures my friend, because it’ll be twenty years from now before you know it and you’ll be able to look back fondly at this time with her.
By the way, I bet her cousin will love the doll bed.

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#2 posted 05-16-2010 04:31 PM

You go girl!!

-- Kate,

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#3 posted 05-16-2010 04:39 PM

Great that you are sharing your interest with your daughter. A wonderful positive way to spend time with your her. A nice toolbox too. I’ll bet she is really enjoying herself.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 05-16-2010 04:41 PM

What a great time that must of been, look fwd to the progress she makes with you.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 05-16-2010 05:09 PM

way to go Dad
it´s great to see some have fun in the shop
and you daughter seems to have a well equipt toolbox
I like you had rememberded the saftygear even thow her scarf
doen´´t belong in a shop speciel when she use powertools
it simply tooo dangerus you have to point that out for her Mads
I´m not for all those restriktion about powertools that they have
in schools an other public places but let her use your tablesaw isn´t
that little too early and dangerus

tell your daughter to ceep up the good work and we will look forward
to see the progress she do in the future


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#6 posted 05-16-2010 05:36 PM

The time spent together priceless

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#7 posted 05-16-2010 05:58 PM

Great job to both of you

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#8 posted 05-16-2010 06:03 PM

my daughter is 2 1/2 and wants to watch and try everything I do so I am sure she will be in the shop with me sooner than later.

What did you stock her first tool box with?

-- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

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#9 posted 05-16-2010 06:24 PM

I had no one to work with and coach me when I was 10 .She’s a very lucky girl to have a Father that cares enough to want to teach her. Every thing I learned was from trial and error and lots of time watching Norm on P.B.S. Keep up working with her as long as she will let you.They grow up way to fast Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#10 posted 05-16-2010 07:24 PM

Thank you a lot guys, I have been very patient with her, lately we have been making clothes on the sewing machine, and I think this made the opening for her to want to look into my world also.
And yes belive me – I enjoy every second, and are fully aware that it might be very short.
For the safety, Dennis you don’t get it! A girl of ten can’t bee seen in public without beeing dressed, and even nail polish are perfect… I laugh, and smile. A excent sander don’t turn arround, so there
I explained her all about safety, and as I did, I accidently put the pull stick into the blade, this resulted in the push stick broke in two and one part flew with 100 kmt into my bealy and made a big red mark… So we both had our lesson, and I was happy my first ‘accident’ happened like that. I love to be ‘only’ a human in front of my daughter, it makes all easier for her.
I’ll make another post since we were there again today, and we made something for the boys also.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#11 posted 05-16-2010 07:40 PM

glad to hear you didn´t got heart worse than that Mads
I think the confidens she got from the sewing lessons was great
I think she had learned there is nothing she can´t do
if she try hard enoff and she know it will not be pefect the first time
she try new things
good luck to both of you in your shops…... seems to be the peffect buddy you got

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#12 posted 05-16-2010 08:25 PM

Good to spend quality time with the kids. It would be nice if parents did that more instead of ignoring them. We spent time with our kids doing things together- fishing, hiking, camping. Now it’s the same with the grandchildren. Last November I cut out some wood and two of them made a birdhouse for their Dad’s parents. Fortunately, most of the paint got on the wood.
Last week I took one of the boys turkey hunting- didn’t get any but we watched two hens for about 15 minutes, saw squirrels, doves, bees, and buzzards up close. He is already waiting for dove season (so am I).

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#13 posted 05-16-2010 08:30 PM

My daughter is also 2 1/2 (papabear), and is showing great interest in all things wooden and workshoppy!

Bring it on for the future generation!!

Thanks for posting this mafe, you are right to be a proud dad!

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#14 posted 05-16-2010 09:06 PM

This is great.

I’m pleased to see she is wearing safety goggles and hearing protection. I’m also sure you are giving her great guidance on how to use tools safely.

I admit that I did not take hearing protection seriously until the last year or so and I know I have already had some hearing loss as a consequence. I’ve really only had a modest hearing loss, but my wife thinks I have suffered a major hearing loss. She does not understand my “selective hearing” ability.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#15 posted 05-16-2010 10:59 PM

Ah! A blast from the past for me. Thanks for sharing that special memory, I recall my little girl in the shop. It may not last long but memories are forever. Enjoy those precious moments while ya can.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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