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Okay, this project in no way matches the beauty and expertise of any of the other works of art that I've seen here, so forgive me if I've broken a posting rule, but I think you will all appreciate it just the same.

My father makes reproduction antique furniture, mostly shaker style. He also makes knife boxes, game boards, whirligigs, doll beds and such, all from re-claimed lumber. He taught me that EVERYTHING you learn is like a tool in your toolbox for life.

For my son's 8th birthday party we decided that rather than give the kids those silly little bags of cheap toys and candy, we'd have them make something to take home with them. I of course pre-cut and pre-drilled the lumber, then had the boys assemble their own toolboxes. (Mom had them make their own individual pizzas too.)

As we were putting these together, I talked about what a tool is, "Is a tool just something like this (holding up a drill)?" - "What about Math, is that a tool?" and such things. The boys all got it, but I don't imagine the lessons learned here will sink in right away - it's probably best that they discover and/or rediscover it on their own anyway.

Unintentionally, I showed them that even when you really know what you are doing, you can make a mistake, and that is a lesson too (I had to re-cut a couple of the dowel handles).

Everyone signed each other's "Brainbox," and I supplied little stickers to help them remember the lesson.

Only time will tell.

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fantastic project you have started there with the kids
and if its not woodworking I don´t know what it is

thank´s for sharing this wonderfull moment with the rest of us

Dennis

Edit: I´m sure you will have dustsweepers aprenticed coveret
for the next many years in the shop….............LOL
 

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very cool! looks like a great shop time
 

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That is Great You have the right idea, most definitely a great project, I have said in the past that one of the things I like about woodworking, is that it makes people feel good, Your project, more than qualifies, great job, keep the good work up
 

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What do you mean not beautiful. Young boys learning how to make something. That is beautiful. The boxes look nice too! Keep up the good work.
 

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Good project! They'll probably treasure these for years!
 

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Thank you, Gentlemen (and I mean that). Most of the stuff I make is fairly rough and for outdoor use (I use lots of cedar fence boards), though I have made a couple of nice shelves for my daughter. Don't have the tools or the skills (yet) that you all seem to possess, but I'll get there. I have a profile on GardenTenders too, and have posted projects there as well. I'll be searching and drooling over all your stuff soon.
 

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Great project and great first post! You have taught some very valuable lessons in that and they will likely remember more than you realize….and more than they'll realize just yet. I bet in 20 years, each of these kids will still have their toolbox that they made…. the same can't be said for their ipod or whatever else they treasure right now.

I have a very similar style toolbox in my shed that I made as a kid ~30 years ago in 7th grade shop class. Can't bring myself to get rid of it and it is still useful. If I had made it with my Dad or with a friend, it would probably be in my house rather than my shed.
 

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What a great birthday party! I'll bet at school the other boys are saying "Your dad is so cool!" and bragging about their work. Way to go, Dad. And this kind of Project is Exactly what Lumberjocks like to read about. Thanks for joining us and posting this!
 

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How awesome! This is something that they will certainly treasure for many years to come. And a birthday party they will recall long after the other parties with random plastic toys and candy fade from memory.
 

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ANY time you can share yor skills & knowledge with a younger generation, it is a fantastic project! Well done JustJoel
 

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For the value of your project and the time you invested, this project is PRICELESS! And it surely DOES rank in there with the best!

Well done, sir!
 

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I love preaching to the choir. ;o}'
 

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I echo Barbs comments. Very good idea.
 

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What a great idea. Anytime you can get kids involved in woodworking it is an extra special project. Tell the guys they did a great job on their boxes. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom
 

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That is one great project! Way to go!

Don't sell yourself short, even when you're learning woodworking, perhaps especially when you're learning woodworking you are still making important projects. Don't sweat not having 'tool X', or not making fancy stuff. Make what you can as well as you can, the skills will come, and you'll be surprised just how quickly that will happen.
 

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Great idea!!
 

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That some good "daddering"; great life lessons for the boys.
I will take a page from you here and do the same for my kids.
Well done :)
 

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That is fantastic. The boys look like they are having the time of their lives. I hope they've been hooked early.

Also, thanks for the best birthday ever memory flashback. For my sixth birthday my mom made me a Star Wars birthday cake decorated with action figures in a battle scene from the movie. She was a wizard with a pastry bag.
 

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EXCELLENT PROJECT!! Great Idea for the "Brain Boxes".

It more than deserves to be on here. You've help put these Boys on the road to something Positive. This Site and "Projects" is about learning among other things. There's probably a lot of Parents out there that would do well to follow your lead. BRAVO DAD!!!

I used to tell my Children (Long Gone Now) that a Mistake was just Practice for the Real Thing i.e. Symphony Orchestra and many other professions.

Rick
 
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