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I purchased "Making Mechanical Marvels in Wood" by Raymond Levy. It's been sitting around for a few months. Yesterday, my youngest daughter asked if we could make one together so we did and here it is.

It was tough balancing teaching and doing but I managed to step back and let her do as much of the work as was safe. She's now a pro at identifying drill bits and swapping them out and not to bad on the band saw.

Heres a link to the video

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Now that's a smile you can be proud of!!
 

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Like the idea of working with your daughter. Most likely this is one project she will never forget and who knows she may turn out to one of the a lumberjock some day.
Like the project also
 

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Wow! team work like that is precious, a budding engineer in process…
 

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Great build. I wish I had this book earlier this summer, as I have my grandchildren with me most of the time.
Keep working wood with your daughter, creating memories for a lifetime.
Thanks for showing.
 

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Wonderful she asked to do this, soon she will be asking for her own space and then well tools come after that and then more of those wood projects etc. Hope she continues
 

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Scott,

I've just ordered a copy of that book and am really looking forward to building some of the projects in it - smoke grinders, mostly, but nice mindless entertainment. Well done in bringing your daughter into the process or maybe the other way 'round. I hope you enjoy your time in the shop together.

Whit
 

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Very Cool! I love stuff like this. I wonder if this is used on machinery somewhere? I suspect the output would speed up and slow down slightly with a constant speed on the input. Interesting.
 

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Thanks,
I just ordered the book on Amazon.
My grandkids are going to get new toys (wether they want them or not!) HA!
 

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you can tell her, SHE did a very nice job !!! excellent work !!! and you were only there for moral support and her go-fer….right ? this is how my Dad got me into woods…and I am truly blessed to have him as my teacher and go-fer as well..LOL and tell her that knowing the drill bits is every bit as important as using a table saw..congrats to her !!!
 

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From the look on her face, I think she really likes this project. Good job. I have yet to come close to what she just built. On the video, you also pointed out the magic box she built. Any more information on that?
 

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The magic box was a project from Woodcraft magazine Vol. 8/No. 44 Dec/Jan 12. It's a box with a mirror, at a 45 degree angle, dividing it into two sections. The box always looks empty looking thru the glass but you can stuff whatever behind the mirror. This one is used as a bank. There's a coin slot at the top and when you drop money into it, it disappears… like the stock market.
 
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