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Father's Day Presents

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Project by cmmyakman posted 06-22-2020 11:11 PM 1291 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son made a walnut pen and my daughter made a maple pen for their paternal grandfather. The kids were great students. I had heard that pens are a great way to learn on the lathe and it worked for us. I’m still learning myself.

My mother asked if I could repair the handle to a screwdriver that she accidentally broke and give it to him for Father’s Day. It was a screwdriver that she had given to my father years ago as a joke, as it was inexpensive and quite large. Turns out my father used the screwdriver all of the time and was disappointed when it broke.

I forgot to get a pic of the screwdriver in the “before” state, but the handle was some black plastic that had broken and the metal was really pock marked and corroded. I used a wire brush tool on the grinder (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004YMDQ/) and that cleaned it up nicely.

The handle on the screwdriver is a Celtic Knot. You can see how Celtic Knots are made on many YouTube videos. But I thought this video was the most informative: https://youtu.be/Wybdq2LQHJc

If I had to do it all over again, I would make the handle a little bit bigger, but it works fine just as it is.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.





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pottz

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#1 posted 06-22-2020 11:29 PM

now thats cool to see,more kids need to get off the video games and actually learn a skill,hopefully it will last there lifetime.good work dad.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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cmmyakman

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#2 posted 06-22-2020 11:58 PM



now thats cool to see,more kids need to get off the video games and actually learn a skill,hopefully it will last there lifetime.good work dad.

- pottz

Thank you very much Pottz for the kind compliment. I also hope these woodworking skills last their lifetimes.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#3 posted 06-23-2020 01:20 AM

Very neat propjects!

X-3

I like having the kids learn too. Much better for them and gives them a “I DID IT” moment!

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

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#4 posted 06-23-2020 01:59 AM

Good on you Dad. Your Kids are going to remember these times for years. Your doing it the right way.

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#5 posted 06-23-2020 02:31 AM

Good job getting the kids in the shop and making stuff. Bonus points for having goggles on them both.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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cmmyakman

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#6 posted 06-23-2020 11:41 AM

Daily Top 3 – my kids are literally jumping up and down.

Ralbuck – The kids definitely had an “I DID IT” moment. My daughter was so excited to tell her grandfather that she turned the pen round from a square.

BurlyBob – The kids will remember it for years and their grandfather seemed quite moved by the gesture as he realized that they put a lot of work into their pens.

Swirt – Thank you for the bonus points. The kids know they aren’t allowed in the shop without goggles. We have a lot of goggles, but only one set of eyes.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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recycle1943

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#7 posted 06-23-2020 11:49 AM

What a moment !!

-- 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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#8 posted 06-23-2020 12:18 PM

That is a great way to get them interested in turning. Nice handle for that old screwdriver. Very unique!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 06-23-2020 12:48 PM

Great job all around! Very nice to get the kids started at that age. Maybe they’ll grow to be turners and maybe not. But they’ll know they can if they want to and they’ll know that the best gifts aren’t usually purchased :-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#10 posted 06-23-2020 01:13 PM

Great work in getting the kids involved. It looks like they had a blast. That celtic knot handle looks really good.

-- Luis

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#11 posted 06-23-2020 05:16 PM

Very creative turners!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 06-23-2020 05:42 PM

Well done …..

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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bmacd87

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#13 posted 06-23-2020 08:04 PM

This is awesome.

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cmmyakman

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#14 posted 06-23-2020 11:51 PM

My kids wanted to say – “Thank You” for all of your kind comments. That was very nice of you Lumberjocks.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#15 posted 06-24-2020 03:09 PM

Super! Great to see children learning skills that will serve them a life time not to mention keeping them out of trouble by meaningful using their time to do good things. I am proud of them.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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