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First Day

Got roughly three hours of work in today, and somewhat along on the project - kids got all the x'd pieces cut to length. Ran out of 2×4 even. Tomorrow plan on getting the rest cut down, and find a quick and kid-friendly way to create the lap joints and dadoes.

For those of you wondering, this project will be going very very slow. Its a tad quicker when a person don't have to explain to/manage twenty children at the same time.

First time techniques - I taught the kids how to create a "story stick" - ain't that what it's called? Anyways, we transferred all measurements to a length of 2×4 and they are measuring off that. So, whatever that trick's called.

 

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First Day

Got roughly three hours of work in today, and somewhat along on the project - kids got all the x'd pieces cut to length. Ran out of 2×4 even. Tomorrow plan on getting the rest cut down, and find a quick and kid-friendly way to create the lap joints and dadoes.

For those of you wondering, this project will be going very very slow. Its a tad quicker when a person don't have to explain to/manage twenty children at the same time.

First time techniques - I taught the kids how to create a "story stick" - ain't that what it's called? Anyways, we transferred all measurements to a length of 2×4 and they are measuring off that. So, whatever that trick's called.

Good job mentoring kids. And yes, "story stick" is an appropriate name.
 

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First Day

Got roughly three hours of work in today, and somewhat along on the project - kids got all the x'd pieces cut to length. Ran out of 2×4 even. Tomorrow plan on getting the rest cut down, and find a quick and kid-friendly way to create the lap joints and dadoes.

For those of you wondering, this project will be going very very slow. Its a tad quicker when a person don't have to explain to/manage twenty children at the same time.

First time techniques - I taught the kids how to create a "story stick" - ain't that what it's called? Anyways, we transferred all measurements to a length of 2×4 and they are measuring off that. So, whatever that trick's called.

Can someone tell me what a story stick is? I keep hearing about it, but really have no clue.
 

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First Day

Got roughly three hours of work in today, and somewhat along on the project - kids got all the x'd pieces cut to length. Ran out of 2×4 even. Tomorrow plan on getting the rest cut down, and find a quick and kid-friendly way to create the lap joints and dadoes.

For those of you wondering, this project will be going very very slow. Its a tad quicker when a person don't have to explain to/manage twenty children at the same time.

First time techniques - I taught the kids how to create a "story stick" - ain't that what it's called? Anyways, we transferred all measurements to a length of 2×4 and they are measuring off that. So, whatever that trick's called.

It's used to mark things rather than measuring them. For example you have a bookcase that you want to
duplicate. Hold the stick next to it and mark all the shelf locations on it. Then you use this to cut the locations for your new bookcase rather than measuring.
 

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Second Day Build.

I'm beat ladies and gentleman. Whupped. Snowed today (gives away my region of the US). After going sledding and doing doughnuts in the municipal police parking lot during lunch, I got back to work and taught/learned some woodworking.

All the supports are finished, and the dadoes and lap joints are cut out. For the lap joints, (and dadoes) I set the depth on the circ saw and made a number of cuts through the waste wood. Then I took a chisel with some of the children and malleted (with mallets they made! check the pics) away the waste. It worked to a fashion, but mostly it let the kids get comfertable with wood chisels and give me impetus to actually learn how to put a better edge on them. Good times all around.

Then, we brought out the block plane and smoothed out the joints, screwed and glued the top frame together, and called it a day. Seriously, some notes: 1) the kids got a real kick outta the plane, and so did I. Really, the first time I used one for a project and it did a great and quick job of it. It surprised me, I thought they like the power (insert Tim Allen sound here) but alas, hand tools took the day. 2) I NEED MORE PLANES.

So onto the rest. A trip to Home Depot (oh, man! Not again!), a day of dry fitting, maybe some pics midway through next week.
 

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Second Day Build.

I'm beat ladies and gentleman. Whupped. Snowed today (gives away my region of the US). After going sledding and doing doughnuts in the municipal police parking lot during lunch, I got back to work and taught/learned some woodworking.

All the supports are finished, and the dadoes and lap joints are cut out. For the lap joints, (and dadoes) I set the depth on the circ saw and made a number of cuts through the waste wood. Then I took a chisel with some of the children and malleted (with mallets they made! check the pics) away the waste. It worked to a fashion, but mostly it let the kids get comfertable with wood chisels and give me impetus to actually learn how to put a better edge on them. Good times all around.

Then, we brought out the block plane and smoothed out the joints, screwed and glued the top frame together, and called it a day. Seriously, some notes: 1) the kids got a real kick outta the plane, and so did I. Really, the first time I used one for a project and it did a great and quick job of it. It surprised me, I thought they like the power (insert Tim Allen sound here) but alas, hand tools took the day. 2) I NEED MORE PLANES.

So onto the rest. A trip to Home Depot (oh, man! Not again!), a day of dry fitting, maybe some pics midway through next week.
you do have a lot of fun with those kids!
that's interesting about the plane vs power.
 

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Third Day

Finished, no pictures yet.

Joints look strong, the kids did a great job getting 'em just so.

I'm going to add some braces for strength (it racks? is that it when it shimmies if you push it around?), but before they get attached I'm routing the names in the braces, so they always know who worked on it.

I'm a storyteller, so I'll give you a set-up and a punch line one of the kids played on me.

Me: How you think we should paint this, buddy?

Kid: It don't matter. You're gonna put flames on it anyways.

Boy's been hanging out with me too long.
 

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Third Day

Finished, no pictures yet.

Joints look strong, the kids did a great job getting 'em just so.

I'm going to add some braces for strength (it racks? is that it when it shimmies if you push it around?), but before they get attached I'm routing the names in the braces, so they always know who worked on it.

I'm a storyteller, so I'll give you a set-up and a punch line one of the kids played on me.

Me: How you think we should paint this, buddy?

Kid: It don't matter. You're gonna put flames on it anyways.

Boy's been hanging out with me too long.
I'd love to hear more comments that the kids have made during their woodworking experiences.

So very special.
 
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