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Project by FrenchGoattoys posted 01-22-2021 11:18 PM 1234 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I was cleaning my shop today, I noticed these two projects. They are prominently displayed in my shop.

The condiment table was made by my Pop, Rest In Peace, in 2005. He had just gotten started in wood working when he had to give it up due to medical issues.

The miniature shelf display was made by my daughter in 1994.

I certainly realize neither of these projects were produced with some of the skill I have seen on this site. To the contrary, they were both budding wood workers.

their building process at the time was likely much like mine, which generally comes with an audible prayer before every cut – especially if I had to add or subtract fractions-

The point is this. Regardless of your skill, confident and knowledgeable or unsure and prayerful we all can make a special something for someone. I love these projects in my shop.

So, don’t be discouraged just build.

At the time of the builds, Pop would have been 82 and Jylian was about 8 – yes, she is still building with wood.

Sorry if this was too sentimental, but just thought I would share my Pop’s and Daughter’s finished projects.

Here’s to family. May they always be on my mind.

-- KJ, Spokane, WA.: Don’t count the days; make the days count.

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#1 posted 01-22-2021 11:31 PM

Wonderful story and wonderful pieces. This made my day better. Thanks for posting!

-- Woodworking Forever

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#2 posted 01-22-2021 11:45 PM

Great story!
I love to hear about “Sentimental” things like this.
Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#3 posted 01-22-2021 11:58 PM

Both pieces are absolute keepers

-- 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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#4 posted 01-23-2021 12:56 AM

Anything made by a person, especially a person you love, is automatically more wonderful than anything purchased. Thank you for sharing.

-- Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans

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#5 posted 01-23-2021 02:17 AM

I’m impressed with your daughter’s ability at age eight. I don’t know if I could have done it at that age.

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#6 posted 01-23-2021 02:56 AM

Great message!

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#7 posted 01-23-2021 04:57 AM

I’m impressed with your daughter’s ability at age eight. I don’t know if I could have done it at that age.

- Gadabout55

Well in all fairness, It was a Father’s Day gift. Just gluing things together.

-- KJ, Spokane, WA.: Don’t count the days; make the days count.

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#8 posted 01-23-2021 05:30 AM

thanks for posting these two projects & sharing your story.

Bill in MI

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#9 posted 01-23-2021 06:19 AM

Very nice memory!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 01-23-2021 06:32 PM

Great message and memories. Many tools hang in my shop to remind me of those that have come before me. Some of them even get used with a prayer for help from those people.
Glad to hear your daughter is still working with wood, that is the best part and hopefully those memories will carry on to her kids in the future and the stories of the pieces carry on.


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

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#11 posted 01-24-2021 03:52 AM

Great projects and wonderful background for each. Thanks for sharing.

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#12 posted 02-08-2021 01:35 PM

very important pieces for sure. sorry about your dad. glad your kid is still building things. and these are the pieces that really mean something to us. regardless of the skill level our loved ones may have. wood holds lots of memories no matter it’s current state <3

-- AL, The OCD Maker, http://www.

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