Daughters scrap box

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Project by sepeck posted 11-10-2018 11:23 PM 1028 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter had a class project involving creating something out of recycled or scrap material. Evidently her reply to the teacher was “My daddy has a lot of scrap wood in the garage, I’ll make a box”. I was unaware my daughter was coveting my precious wood. I shall have to develop some plans for this later.

In any case, I got two scrap board of Big Leaf Maple that were in the scrap bin. Resawed them on the bandsaw and cut them to the rough dimensions she wanted. She had to saw and chisel the notches, glue up the two bottom boards and then a little work with hand plane as the box was quite square on the bottom board. I helped her with the clamps during glue up.

Finished with 2 coats of clear shellac. The box is a good first effort for her and after the grade it sites on her desk with a jumble of stuff in it. She wants to make a better one over Thanksgiving, we’ll see if she remembers :)

Overall fun times were had.

-- -Steven Peck,

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#1 posted 11-11-2018 12:28 AM

Great stuff indeed! Hoping my little guy takes an interest as he get a bit older.

-- I've quickly learned that being a woodworker isn't about making flawless work, rather it's fixing all the mistakes you made so that it appears flawless to others! Jay - FL

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#2 posted 11-11-2018 01:23 AM

Nice Project & Well Done Steven!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#3 posted 11-11-2018 06:57 AM

Your daughter did really well Steve and well done to you too for managing to resist the temptation to take over.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#4 posted 11-11-2018 11:48 AM

it’s neat to see with her part being done with “hand” tools, a great learning lesson

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 11-11-2018 01:20 PM

What great father/daughter time – especially going old school with the tools. I sure hope she got an A+ on her project because it deserves it!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#6 posted 11-11-2018 02:12 PM

this is one very great story that box looks better then mine with hand tools GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#7 posted 11-12-2018 02:39 AM

I worked for my dad for several years in new construction plumbing so teaching others new to a trade was something I learned how to do. Also she would have been annoyed if I took it away from her. That said she doesn’t like power tools at the moment (except the drill press) and she loves hand sanding things (so I will take advantage of that this winter). If was cut to rough dimension with power tools.

Granted the mallet my friend made for me 20 years ago… the side of the head fractured along the epoxy line so I am going to have to make a new mallet. Probably more along the Paul Sellers style single piece :)

-- -Steven Peck,

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#8 posted 11-12-2018 07:38 AM

Very educational project for her and very well spent quality time with her.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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