Little Logger

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Project by nomercadies posted 05-22-2012 07:52 AM 3599 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Little Logger

Thomas the Engine is big stuff with little people. So big, the cost of equipment to supply the desires of children and grandchildren is extraordinary. So when I was able to come upon a Log Loader for my grandson’s Thomas the Engine Log Hauling Train Cars, at a used price, I was all over it. Of course there was a reason for the low price. The Log Loader came with only a couple of logs. Two logs does not a logger make.

I had repeatedly read and heard other woodworkers talk about working with their kids when they were old enough. I wondered what age was old enough. Some men talked about eight being almost old enough. I was sixty-five and my grandson was almost three … I did the math and wondered if I was going to be able to remember which end of the hammer to sharpen when I got to seventy and he was “almost eight.” Folks might think he was too young to be around tools then, but later they might be trying to keep me from getting too close to sharp things.

What a quandary.

I was recovering from total knee replacement (see scar) and had some time on my hands so I asked my grandson if he would help me make toys. He most assuredly would!

Now this might be the longest description of a couple of people cutting a dowel rod, but it really isn’t about cutting a dowel rod. It is about a wood pusher trying to infect a young unsuspecting almost infant with the dreaded LumberJock syndrome. Shameful, I know, but somehow exhilarating.

So I guess the magic age for woodworking is two and eleven twelfths. Monday was his birthday. He holds up four fingers now. (He has five, he just holds up four. Safety first.)

We wrote on the end of the new logs. Each has their own number so we were able to practice our number recognition too. No sense in missing on that part of it.

You can guess, I got as much out of it as he did. Family building through woodworking is a wonderful adventure.

Pictured is the LumberJocks Two Man Logging Saw I invented “after” the project. Maybe next time.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#1 posted 05-22-2012 08:01 AM

Great story and how fun to hang out we can always use new Lumberjocks!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 05-22-2012 08:30 AM

Building together instantly triples the overall value of your project! And adds long term memories.

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#3 posted 05-22-2012 08:44 AM

This is so nice! remember when my grandfather included me in making roads and stuff for my cars, just before he pasted away. i like the saw, cool idea!

-- Spofeo/Kristian

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 05-22-2012 08:45 AM


This is what life is about


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 05-22-2012 09:48 AM

that will be a lasting memory to him he was having a blast , this is what its all about

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#6 posted 05-22-2012 12:07 PM

That is a wonderful thing. I only wish I had the forethought to do the same with my grandson’s! You are my hero.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#7 posted 05-22-2012 12:14 PM

Great story, thanks for sharing, before you know it he will be working on his own at this new found hobby.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#8 posted 05-22-2012 12:19 PM

Hope I make it long enough to put your lesson to work. Great story. Really love the “two man saw”. Just like the old lumberjack days.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#9 posted 05-22-2012 01:28 PM

Great way to get him started. They are not trying to keep me from the great grandkids yet, but they do
seem to be busy with a lot of other things. Thank you for sharing. I still remember which end of the
hammer to hold, but I can not always remember where I put it.

-- As ever, Gus-the 82 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 05-22-2012 02:50 PM

Way to go Grandpa :).

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#11 posted 05-22-2012 06:47 PM

That is great and what life is all about. Time with kids and grandkids. I cannot wait for the day my grandchild comes into the shop for a project we can do together like this. Way to go.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#12 posted 05-22-2012 07:45 PM

Congratulations, Gramps…..fostering the next generation of woodworkers. Love the two man-man saw!

-- jbschutz

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#13 posted 05-22-2012 08:51 PM

It looks like you have a future Lumberjock right there. he is certainly interested!!

I guess the age for kids to be around power tools is when they can learn to respect the tools. It might be different for differnt kids, but I think that is very important. Some little kids like to make things and when they are old enough to pound with a hammer, then they can start on the hand tools. hand sawing is next and following a line while doing it is a good challenge for them.

I had grand daughter in my shop and they were afraid when ever the power saw turned on but they only used the band saw and the drill press afte I worked with them for a while to show them the danger areas and the safety equipment. they they get to be teenagers and discover boys and I never see them there any more. I guess I need to adopt a grand son from some where!! They seem to hold interest in the shop!

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

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#14 posted 05-23-2012 01:42 AM

Absolutely Awesome project. Looks like he did a great job cutting those logs.
As to age my daughter has been in my shop helping me since she was 3. She turned her first pen with some help at 4 and turned 2 last year for her kindergarten teachers with my assistance, she’ll turn 6 in at the end of the summer.


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

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#15 posted 05-23-2012 02:02 AM

My daughters IQ is around 40, but by golly, she comes out in the shop, takes wood dowels (strategically placed-) and some duct tape or electrical tape, and makes Harry Potter wands. She has also decorated bird houses, and even used the drill to drive screws to help build the bird houses. Then she got to use the drill press to make a hole for the bird to get in.

I have had to add extra circuits, (one 110 and one 220) so I can cut all power out there, when I am not around. Afraid she will try out the table saw or the sander one day.

Anyone, absolutely anyone, can make something from a pile of wood.

my son started out to carve some, but I have not seen much activity lately. There is a big hunk of bass wood sitting out there, he knows to use that. He played with the lathe, was not impressed, uses the band saw willingly, but is very tentative with the table saw. he is 16 now.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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