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Blog entry by stefang posted 09-17-2019 03:36 PM 1952 reads 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My son Mark lives in Sweden which is about a two day drive from where we live in Norway. A few years ago my wife and I were visiting about once every year. One year I loaded up our station wagon with quite a few tools that I had replaced in my workshop, including a bandsaw, a small drillpress, a scrollsaw a workbench and I also brought along a mini lathe with some turning tools, a miter saw and a bench grinder. We used these tools to start up a work shop in my son’s basement (photos below). I also wanted to use this little shop to keep myself entertained while visiting aand help out with some projects around the house.

Mark wasn’t too keen on woodworking when we set up his shop, but I figured that he might eventually come develop and interest, which he has. I haven’t been able to make the trip to Sweden for the past couple of years due to health reasons, but he is paying us a two week visit so I can get him started with woodturning, general woodworking and maybe a little carving.

I haven’t been on LJ much the last year or two for the same health reasons, but I really want to document this time we spend together as there won’t be many more opportunities for us to share the fun of making stuff, and we can keep this blog as memory of our time together.

Today we finished our first project which was the sanding tool. I had previously bought the hardware from Prokraft in the UK. The kit includes the hardware, sanding pads and velcro. The rest is an easy turning project with a little drilling and band sawing. I thought Mark could take this home with him as a useful item for his woodturning. The Kit parts could probably be sourced fairly easily but I figured that it was worth the price to not have to run around rounding up all the bits and pieces and I thought Prokraft deserved the sale since they had come up with a nicely designed tool that would probably last a long long time and it was a fraction of the price of buying one. You can see the video on how to make it here. We tried it out and it worked great.

I plan to show more shop work photos during this series so I hope you will find it a little more interesting. Thanks for reading!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 09-17-2019 04:29 PM

Good to see you’re back in the workshop, Mike. Nice of you to share your tools too.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#2 posted 09-17-2019 04:37 PM

Hi Mike Good to see your post, it always brightens my day to see you posting something new.I’m so sorry to hear of your health problems and hope whatever health problems you’re having can be resolved in short order.
It is great to see you sharing your vast and varied woodworking know-how and skill with your son. Tools help the learning experience also I’m sure your son appreciates them and the fact they were yours will make them all the more special. I’m going to check out the video on the new sander you both have made, although it looks interesting I really can’t imagine how it’s used. Thanks for posting. God bless.


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Rob Drown

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#3 posted 09-17-2019 04:50 PM

Ditto Jim Very good to hear from you Mike

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#4 posted 09-17-2019 05:21 PM

Thanks for the comments guys and it’s good hear from you. The sanding disc mounted on the conical sanding head spins around on ballbearings powered by the wood turning on the lathe. It is attached to the adjoining bracket (with wing nut) which can be adjusted and locked into whatever angle is desired by loosening/tightening the wing nut. It works just like a sanding disc on an electric hand drill, though with a bit less power. Very useful and lightweight.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 09-17-2019 07:35 PM

Good to see you out and about in LJ again , Mike. Always good to see the kids and grand kids when they can squeeze us in ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 09-17-2019 08:58 PM

The MOST FUN is doing things with your sons & daughters as well as Grand children…

Nothing can beat it…
Making memories they will never forget.

No matter what is made….. makes no difference…

Glad you and son had a great time working together!

Thank you…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#7 posted 09-17-2019 10:15 PM

Hello again, Mike! So glad you’re finding joy in the shop once more!!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#8 posted 09-17-2019 11:24 PM

Nice handy tool, Mike!!

Great to get you son into woodworking. I wish mine liked it!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 09-18-2019 02:02 AM

Wow … I’m impressed already! I admit I did have to watch the video as I didn’t have a clue what that “thingy” was!! Well done Mike-the-Teacher and Mark-the Student :) Looking forward to your next totally cool project together!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#10 posted 09-18-2019 06:31 AM


It is so good that you are documenting this. Not only will you enjoy reliving the good time together, but all your descendants can cherish the memories many years from now.


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#11 posted 09-18-2019 10:48 AM

Thanks everyone. I’m very glad that among my two sons and my two grandsons that at least one of them is showing and interest in woodworking. I was worried that all my tools would just be sold to strangers after I’m gone, but when I am no longer able to use them myself I will have them shipped to Mark in Sweden. That probably isn’t so very long from now.

I’m pretty sure that many of the younger generations will eventually take up woodworking when they have more time and a place to do it, so don’t give up hopes on your children or grandchildren getting interested.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 09-18-2019 01:36 PM

It always gives me a good feeling seeing father and son or any other family member sharing their knowledge of hands on experience. My son and daughter love the things I make but have no interest in learning.
Good to see you in the shop and the sander project looks interesting.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#13 posted 09-18-2019 01:37 PM


-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 09-18-2019 09:11 PM

Great project Mike (time together with your son). Have to do more of that at my end.
BTW . . .The sanding tool looks good too.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#15 posted 09-18-2019 11:31 PM

Nice one Mike! ;-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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