Grandsons In the Wood Shop

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Project by rustfever posted 08-13-2013 03:50 PM 2205 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Each year, on one or more occasions, 2 grandsons from St. Louis spend a few days with me in my wood shop in Central California. This year, 11 y/o Andrew [aka AJ] and his 18 y/o brother, Jonathan, spent five nice warm days in the wood shop. [Warm…100 F + each day. But no complains from either]

This year, AJ want to make ‘Lots of Cutting Boards’ to give to special people back home. He decided to use Hard Rock Maple and some lightly figured Cherry for accent. He wanted both ‘bread-board’ ends and plain ends.

He gang glued in the big glue press and then trimmed to length using the chop saw, with Grandad watching closely. Then he installed some ends with blind dowels. Then off to the big sander, and next to the hand sander. All of the boards received ‘Wooden’ nails. AJ started with over-sized dowels, which he turned down to fit the 5/16” drill bit in the Davis Wells horizontal drill press. Vacation time ran out, so Grandad applied the several coats of mineral oil, boxed them and sent them to St. Louis.

While in the shop, AJ made a few pens on the lathe, as well as two AW-sum marshmallow catapults. He took the catapults to his cousins b-day party where everyone had a fun. Even the dog enjoyed, who manage to eat several marshmallows before he could be stopped.

aka Ira

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#1 posted 08-13-2013 04:22 PM

Great job to you and your grandson.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 08-13-2013 04:37 PM

Nice projects. Love the catapult!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 08-13-2013 08:56 PM

Superb, I know you enjoyed the time with the boys, great job on the cutting boards.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#4 posted 08-14-2013 02:43 AM

Your gift of shop time and talent will pay you huge dividends.

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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#5 posted 08-14-2013 03:25 AM

awesome! these are such critical skills…and as a TEACHER…I find that woodworking’s most powerful “skill” that is acquired is the ability to PROBLEM SOLVE…something sooooo lacking in today’s curriculum.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 08-16-2013 01:45 PM

Great looking projects and great time spent with grandsons. They are lucky to have a great teacher. The catapult is so cool. Way to go Grand Pa!

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