Grandson's Bookcase

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Project by wichle posted 08-24-2010 06:20 AM 2292 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

From a long discussion about working from a dimensioned drawing, including stock thickness, to heading to the lumber yard to pick out the wood. He did all the work! T told him how, demonstrated pocket holes, talked safety with the TS and router. With all the other activities of a 13 year old, it took nearly a year. He finished it with multi coats of shellac and paste wax. He took it home today, and it fit exactly in his room. Quote. “you doubted my measurement?” Great project for both of us.

-- Bill, Michigan "People don't come preassebled, but are glued together by life"

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#1 posted 08-24-2010 06:25 AM

Cool bookcase! What a memory for your grandson too! Love the “quote”...

That’s one happy kid!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#2 posted 08-24-2010 07:05 AM

off to an awesome start!! I wish i could get my 13 year old interested!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#3 posted 08-24-2010 09:16 AM

Great Job! And he looks pretty comfortable in the shop also, thats a good sign.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#4 posted 08-24-2010 09:41 AM

Happy young man.

-- Jiri

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#5 posted 08-24-2010 11:41 AM

This is the kind of thing that we need to be doing with our children and grandchildren. Woodworking is one of the best ways there is to teach young men and young ladies how to build things with their hands. It teaches them so many things – how to think, how to plan, the work ethic, responsibility, pride in accomplishment, hand and eye coordination – many other things. America is losing much of this.

Wichle, you’re doing the right thing with your grandson and he’ll be a better man and a happier man for it. Keep it up. He should be very proud of what he has accomplished, as you should too, and I know you both are. It’s a great bookcase and a great post.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 08-24-2010 11:44 AM

Bill, this is a good looking bookcase that, I am sure, both of you had fun building. It is nice to see you two spending some quality time together.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 08-24-2010 12:08 PM

My grandson just isn’t interested. Big sad face! He does come in and chatter and talk so maybe I will get him yet:)

You are building great memories.

-- curious woodworker

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#8 posted 08-24-2010 03:18 PM

He’ll remember that for the rest of his life and it will be passed down (with the story) to his grandchildren.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#9 posted 08-24-2010 03:29 PM

Nice bookshelf!!!! he got the opportunity to bond with Grandpa while building it… experience that both of you will cherish forever!!!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#10 posted 08-24-2010 03:52 PM

I don’t have many regrets, but I wish I had a child or grandchild to work in the shop with me.
Your grandson’s smile is what it is all about.

Congratulations on the project in every aspect.


-- TulsaWoodSmith, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#11 posted 08-24-2010 04:35 PM

Look at the smile on that boys face!!!!! Good job Grandpa !!!!!

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#12 posted 08-24-2010 04:38 PM

Can’t beat working with your grand kids! I’ve done two small projects with my 3 year old grand daughter. A bird house for mom and a small Home Depot desk organizer for dad. Took awhile, she learned how to use an brad gun (With grampa holding it), and she paints fairly well. But the time spent with her was priceless.

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#13 posted 08-24-2010 05:54 PM

Awesome that you are teaching him your craft. He did a great job too.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#14 posted 08-24-2010 06:40 PM

Awesome. Maybe he has been bitten by the woodworking bug

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#15 posted 08-24-2010 08:09 PM

Thats an awesome build .I didn’t care about building anything when I was 13 way to go….................Schloemoe

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

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