Son, age 8 at the time, made this as a gift

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When my son was 8, he came up to me and asked if we could make a Christmas gift my brother, his uncle and Godfather. I said, “of course”, to which he responded, “good. Let’s go to Lowe’s”

He led me to the dowels and gabbed a few. He then said we needed to get some spray paint. Then he finally told me we needed some wire, which he picked out and asked a salesperson to cut for him.

I repeatedly asked what we were going to build, and he always responded, “Don’t worry about it.” And each time he said it, his smile/smirk just got bigger and bigger.

He then told me we needed to go to Michael’s, where we bought the clock and piece of wood.

When we got home, we went to workshop and he told me how many and to what size he wanted the dowels cut with the chop saw. He then asked me to drill holes in one end of of the newly cut dowels, so he could “stand them up on tiny dowels and spray paint them.” He then had me drill a hole in the wood to fit the clock into, and he took off the clear plastic covering off the clock.

He then told me that I was done and he would take care of the rest.

Remember… HE IS 8!!!!

On Christmas, he gives this to his uncle/godfather. It is actually the first time I had seen it. He wrote on the bottom, “Uncle xxxxx, when we get together, we always have a blast.”

My brother, who is a cop, kept the clock on his desk at the station.

In addition to the electrical tape, the dowels are glued together with wood glue. He cut the wire so that one end would go in an end of a dowel, twisted together, then tucked behind her clock.

If I knew what he had in mind, I would have talked him out of it. That is probably why he wouldn’t tell me. It should also be noted that this was before the war on terror.

No need to have a paternity test. He’s mine!

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#1 posted 08-02-2021 02:50 AM

What a fun story!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 08-02-2021 03:25 AM

The story is cool Kev, however, the design is quite clever and well constructed.

You didn’t mention when and what his age is now… Just ensure his next venture doesn’t include plutonium and a mercury switch.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#3 posted 08-02-2021 04:22 AM

sounds like a smart kid.He knew enough to keep it from you, and the “when we get together we have a blast” is cool and classic.

-- Jeff NJ

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#4 posted 08-02-2021 05:59 AM

The joys of fatherhood!!!

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#5 posted 08-02-2021 10:20 AM

darn cool for an adult but for an 8 year old ? I’m sure he’s at the head of the class or maybe by now teaching the class

-- 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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#6 posted 08-02-2021 12:25 PM

Lol. Cool project but even better story. Lol

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#7 posted 08-02-2021 01:29 PM

Cool story. I can only imagine how many internet bots are hitting this image as a possible threat.

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#8 posted 08-02-2021 01:30 PM

Great project. My grandson loves the song T.N.T. Dynomite. I should make him one of these.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 08-02-2021 10:54 PM

That’s funny, and for an 8-year old to come up with it is priceless! My dad made one with road flares and put it in a drawer in the garage. He had this one nosy friend who was always opening bench drawers and looking in them when he visited. He practically wet his pants when he opened the drawer and saw it!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#10 posted 08-03-2021 12:49 AM

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#11 posted 08-03-2021 03:10 PM

Ya just got to love it!

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