Scrap wood Train

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Project by Mike posted 06-10-2012 06:16 PM 2105 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What do you do with all the left over scrap wood from projects, and you have a 5 year old son who is addicted to trains? You make a wooden train! This was some fun Dad and Son time. I had bought the wheels a while ago at a local crafts store wanting to make something for him. Last night I brought him down to the shop and we dug through the scrap pile, I said “I’m sure we can make something out of all these pieces” and he said “I know lets make a train”. So we had fun picking and designing, and ended up creating this. It only took an hour to make the longest part being the stack which we shaped on the belt sander. He loves it, and I wouldn’t trade that time for anything. I’m going to make sure we do this more often!

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#1 posted 06-10-2012 06:30 PM

That smile is the best reward you get for any work. He is going to have a great time with his new train. Maybe you can make more pieces to a set as time goes on.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#2 posted 06-10-2012 09:59 PM

Man, does that face say it all or what, time well spent Dad!

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#3 posted 06-11-2012 01:06 PM

Scraps – to keep or not to keep? That is why it is so hard to throw scraps away – you never know what you can create out of them. Great job!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 06-12-2012 02:37 AM

Thanks everyone!

That’s a great idea Kookaburra, I think we’ll do that!

and yeah…even the smallest scrap piece I have a hard time parting with…it’s weird. I’m sure that’ll change this winter when the wood stove needs kindling :)

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#5 posted 06-16-2012 06:08 PM

I just added a few more photos. We’ve been adding onto his train in the evenings after work. It’s “our” time together. We’ve made a few more cars, one to carry logs and one to carry firewood for the steam engine. The logs are branches cut to look like logs, the firewood is cut branches 3/4” long, then split with a pocket knife. He loves his train, and I’m really enjoying working with my little guy!

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#6 posted 06-16-2012 06:56 PM

It’s geat everytime I see a good DaD working and spending quality time with a young one in need of his Dad.I heartilly endorse everyone with young children and grandchildren spend time with them in this way it strongly helps with their development and encourages them to grow wise and level headed I love what your doing take a gold star from Old Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 06-16-2012 08:01 PM

‘What do you do with all the left over scrap wood from projects”

Your son’s beautiful smile says it all. Way to go, Dad, and well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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