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Blog entry by woodnut posted 05-03-2010 01:54 AM 1749 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone, I am as proud as a father could be, my daughter chose woodworking as her 4H project. That means I get shop time with my little girl. I always enjoy anytime I can get her in the shop and interested in building. Well she chose to build a picture frame, but wasn’t happy with the plans they had in the 4H book, so I told her to find one on the net that she liked and we would build that. She found one and away we went. So here are some pics of Daddy’s little girl in the shop. Hope you enjoy 1/10 as much as I did.

Here we are cutting some boards to size.Photobucket

Now its off to the planner to thickness the lumber.Photobucket

After the planner we went to the tablesaw, now as you might guess I didn’t let her use the tablesaw, she will have to be alittle older and pay more attention than she does at this age.I did get her to clean it up after I was finished though.Photobucket

So after the lumber was all cut and planned it was time for some glue ups.Photobucket

She is drilling 4 holes for the columns with a forstner bit at the drillpress.No the drill is not on in this pic but she did drill the holes herself with my help.Photobucket

Doing some dry fitting.Photobucket

Clamping the picture frame together.Photobucket

Wet sanding with mineral oil after the shallac is dry.Photobucket

And finally the finished product with a pic of our dog. I forgot to tell you that the wood is walnut.Photobucket
As you can see there are some steps left out but I thought it was getting alittle long. Hope you enjoyed.

-- F.Little

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#1 posted 05-03-2010 02:03 AM

Looks like you have a little “Jockette” in the makings. Great looking picture frame!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 05-03-2010 02:22 AM

That’s a blue ribbon for sure! Great project – I’m sure your daughter is very proud of it!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 05-03-2010 02:40 AM

Congratulations. A very nice, well done project. It’s great when we can get the kids interested in working with wood. Builds skills and confidence that can be used for a lifetime.

-- My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am---author unknown

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#4 posted 05-03-2010 03:03 AM

What a very nice picture frame! Good job. And that’s a handsome dog, too.


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#5 posted 05-03-2010 03:35 AM

You are a blessed man.
Great looking frame.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#6 posted 05-03-2010 04:09 AM

Aw, you brought a tear to my eye. I remember when mine was growing up in the shop. Those precious memories your pics bring back. Great project!! Hope you get more shop time with your little girl. So I have to ask how many buttons did you pop with pride when she chose woodworking, or if you were wearing a T shirt and did the Hulk thing.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#7 posted 05-03-2010 04:42 AM

Great pic set, but please tell me you’re sharing with her the importance of eye protection? Norm is gonna come for a visit….

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#8 posted 05-03-2010 04:44 AM

A precious time and precious memories. A great project well done. Thanks for posting.

-- Gary D.

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#9 posted 05-03-2010 09:20 AM

thankĀ“s for sharing this pressius momemt with us

to Woodnuts daughter it is a very niiice and well build frame keep up the good work you have talent for it


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#10 posted 05-03-2010 10:39 AM

Thanks for the comments guys and gals, yes she does know to wear eye protection. The pics were taken mostly after the fact, hard to take pics and teach at the same time.The pics were done so she could have a photo essay for the 4H project. Again Thanks for the good comments.

-- F.Little

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#11 posted 05-03-2010 01:34 PM

Wow, really cool, let her know She did a fantastic job. I have enjoyed all of the time I get to spend with my daughter in my garage, she has ideas, mostly very creative. Things I would never come up with. And she loves using scrap, the weird stuff, that I would never find a use for. Only criticism is she uses too much glue, small price to pay for precios memories, and keepsakes.
Thanks for posting and reminding us of some other important aspects of what we do, sharing.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#12 posted 05-03-2010 02:40 PM

Fantastic blog. Filled with hope and joy. Well done dad.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#13 posted 05-03-2010 04:56 PM

“The pics were taken mostly after the fact, hard to take pics and teach at the same time.The pics were done so she could have a photo essay for the 4H project.”

I figured as much. Hope I didn’t come across as a nanny-stater! Great job on the project. It’s good to see dads and daughters doing stuff together.

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#14 posted 05-03-2010 10:32 PM

Jasony, no you did come off wrong at all, I actually thought someone might point out that she did not have eye and hearing protection in all the pics. I would rather get scolded from someone than to do harm when I am trying to share something that I love. Thanks for Looking Out.

-- F.Little

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