Father - Daughter Project #1: off to a good start

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Blog entry by Mainiac Matt posted 03-10-2012 04:28 AM 5744 reads 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I promised my daughters I would build each one of them a hope chest some day. Well, my oldest is going to help me make hers. This will be her first experience in the shop and my first “real” furniture project.

We’re going to build a slight deviation of the NYWS design. I gave her three choices of wood. I could buy QSWO. I have a pile of Honduran Mahogany that was salvaged from a deck job site. Or I could get a Red Oak timber left from the construction of our house resawn at work. Ever the sentimental one, she chose the Red Oak.

I cut the timber off our land in ‘96 and had a Woodmizer man mill up the lumber, then I built a Timber Frame. Our left over beam was a 14’ 8×8, with some pretty deep checks. I cut it in half and my boss let me bring it in to be resawn in our pallet shop.

Tonight, we had our first night in the shop together, and prepared our first board.

Moisture content is below 6% Here’s the finished board

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#1 posted 03-10-2012 04:37 AM

After an hour and a half in the shop I realized that my wife had promised the kids they could watch a movie tonight and that Mary had missed half of it.

I apologized to her, because I lost track of time. But she said that she had a great time and wasn’t sorry for missing the film.


-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#2 posted 03-10-2012 12:28 PM

Quality time. Very Nice.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#3 posted 03-10-2012 03:34 PM

What a great project to share together. The two of you working on it will make even more special. I look forward to following along.

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

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#4 posted 03-11-2012 11:20 PM

Hope that she keeps up the interest in building it letting her help with making decissions as to style and finish
best of luck and when done # 2 is ready to do her chest. LOL Andy

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#5 posted 03-12-2012 12:23 AM

Status update… We’ve got eight 48” long boards done, and fortunately, only need one more. That will cover the top and the long rails.

Then we’ll have to go back through our few remaining 7’ rough sawn boards and the cut offs from the boards we’ve already processed to get our short rails and the styles.

There are so many knots and checks in the lumber, that we’re going to be cutting it close.

I may half to get a sheet of 1/4” oak plywood for the panels.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#6 posted 03-22-2012 02:57 PM

Thats nice that your daughter is helping you build it. It is a nice way to spend some quilty time with her. Look forward to seeing the finished project.

-- Gracie's wooden signs. Middlebury, In.

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#7 posted 05-18-2012 01:57 AM

Happened across this via Deb’s eMag. Me and my son love building together. Nice to see a young girl interested as well!!!!

-- Michael and Matthew

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#8 posted 05-18-2012 02:13 AM

what a great post!

a great project, and even better team work. inspiring!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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