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Project by clieb91 posted 11-19-2012 01:01 AM 2721 views 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter is already in first grade(time sure flies) and we are working on her focus and concentration while doing schoolwork. One decision that we made was to move her homework away from the kitchen table and to a nice quite nook in the dining room. It was decided that she needed a proper crayon and pencil holder to help her find her stuff faster then sorting through a pile or the large container that it has been in (causing a major distraction)
I enlisted her help to build the new holder. We measured the windowsill it would sit on and decided on the proper size, then found the needed wood. She helped all the way through, from glue up to final sanding. She even drilled the holes using the drill press and helped make a couple of cuts using the chop saw. As always shop safety was stressed at all points and she did an awesome job. Working in the shop is just one more way I am trying to teach her that focus.

I look forward to the next project as I am having a better and better time with her in the shop when she will join me.


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

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#1 posted 11-19-2012 01:27 AM

Good job to both of you.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#2 posted 11-19-2012 02:00 AM

Great. Kids need their parents involvement throughout school. Working with them in the shop is another way af showing them the importance of school plus you and they get the added bonus of time together.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#3 posted 11-19-2012 02:07 AM

The best thing you can do for everyone is be involved with your kids.

Great project, great daughter

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 11-19-2012 02:27 AM

Time spent with your little girl…. Priceless.

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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#5 posted 11-19-2012 02:33 AM

Great project…making keepsakes and Happy Memories! Keep up the good work, both of you!

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#6 posted 11-19-2012 02:44 AM

That is a great idea. I have a 5 year-old daughter and she always wants to “help” when I am working on projects. The easy thing to do would be to work when she is not around or to tell her to leave me alone, but I have realized that if I want her to learn how to actually help me when she is older, I need to start teaching her how to do it now. Kudos to you for doing this project with your daughter.

-- If I can't make it, I probably don't need it.

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#7 posted 11-19-2012 03:55 AM

Thanks All. She will be very happy to see the all the comments in the morning.

I am a hands on learner and I want to be sure she has the option to learn things in different ways.

@Benboy- My daughter has been “helping” me in my shop since she was about 4. Sometimes with things sometimes with just whatever she pleases. It is good to think of some small projects that the 2 of you can work together one. Nothing major just some simple fun things. I have a few things in my other projects and also my blog. A favorite of my daughter is the hook rack for her bedroom. I and mommy did all the prep work and then tapped some holes and my daughter helped me screw the hooks on before “helping” me to hang it up in her room.


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

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#8 posted 11-19-2012 04:00 AM

Hi Chris
That is a great way of teaching ,spending time with your dad .
Having made something yourself makes one appreciate it much more and having the discipline to follow the safety rules in the shop should go a long way.
I am trying to instill into my grand kids that it is better to construct then to destruct and it seems to work because they call on Saturdays to come and spend some time in the shop .
I hope you keep it up and it will be of great rewards .

-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 11-19-2012 07:25 AM

It is so good to involve your kids in projects that are simple and useful for them. They learn a lot in the process and you also feel happy. She has done a really good job and she will be proud when she starts using it.


-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#10 posted 11-19-2012 02:43 PM

Good project and it looks great where it ended up.

Looked through your projects and ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,you need to build some more boxes.

You have built some fine ones!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#11 posted 11-19-2012 04:34 PM

It’s wonderful to see she’s learning as such a young age.
Neat pen holder.


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#12 posted 11-19-2012 05:04 PM

Nothing makes me smile more than reading stories like this. Not only are you bonding but your teaching her something alot of young people have no idea on how to do. It amazes me how the younger generation has no idea how to make or fix something basic. This will not only give her focus but will help with so many other things in life. Great job.

Tell her she rocks and did a great job! Well done…... Ken and Blondie

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

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#13 posted 11-19-2012 05:18 PM

She did a great job on that pencil holder. As some of the others have said, she did something that a lot of other kids, heck even some adults, can’t do. She’s going to be building her own house in a little while.

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#14 posted 11-19-2012 06:00 PM

Nice! Spending time with your kids in the shop is always rewarding. I learned everything I know from my mother (moonls) and I plan to pass that along to all three of my children.

-- Jeff, North Andover, MA

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#15 posted 11-19-2012 08:00 PM

tell her she did a super job :-)
thanks for sharing the moment with us Chris
there is nothing better than share time with the children
being able to pass knowledges to the next generation
is even better

take care

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