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My Son in the Shop

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Blog entry by Bill Akins posted 1336 days ago 4375 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son Trey wanted to make his girlfriend a bookstand. I told him that I would help him make it. We spent a Saturday working on it and had a great time. He found a pattern on the internet, I had some leftover oak and all the other supplies. I took several short videos with a digital camera and later decided to make a little video out of it. I wish I had used a better camera but but it turned out pretty neat. You can check him out here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOZ6i4Nwecw
I enjoy having my family members in the shop with me and if they want something made I always insist on them helping out. Maybe when he is on his own and looking for a hobby, he will remember this.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.



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grizzman

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#1 posted 1336 days ago

those are the best of times bill…they will remember these times….and if nothing else..you got to spend time with your son…don’t have high speed or i would watch it…happy holidays…..grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Dan

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#2 posted 1336 days ago

I grew up helping my dad in the shop but once I got older I seemed to loose interest in it. A couple years ago I started building odds and end things like shelfs that I needed and before long I turned my garage into a shop and became obsessed with woodworking. I think my dad is happy to see that I got into it. Just took me finding it myself… My boys help me in the shop now and I know I am a long ways away but I hope its something that sticks with them.. Such a good hobby and there is so much good to come of it.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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DrDirt

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#3 posted 1336 days ago

Dan Thats awesome. Make sure your little guy get’s the seed planted as well. Just think if you didn’t work with your dad in the shop as a kid, if you would have still found it to pick up later.

I am the same. My dad did everything around the house, mainly carpentry type skills, but I took shop in school every semester – built a canvas covered Kayak as a senior (27 year ago). But once in college, and starting a family a shop was not in the equation.

I got restarted 10 years ago again, because there was an adult evening woodworking class at the local technical school – - that allowed you to make whatever you wanted, they basicaly were there to make sure you didn’t do anything dumb with the machines. Then came the shop a year later.

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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Napaman

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#4 posted 1336 days ago

very cool!!! what a good guy!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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sedcokid

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#5 posted 1336 days ago

Dan, What a privilage you have being able to work with your son in the shop! I never had that opportunity and really wish things could have been different… However have had a wonderful weekend being able to have my Grandson in the shop, I am so thankful for that time!

The video was great too!

thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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bigfish_95008

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#6 posted 1335 days ago

The kiss on the cheek – paid in full!

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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Vicki

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#7 posted 1335 days ago

That was terrific. Cool video, neat project.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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twokidsnosleep

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#8 posted 1335 days ago

Cute video
Loving the Cars song…..always been one of my favorites

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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docholladay

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#9 posted 1335 days ago

You may have started something there. It looks like he had good attention o detail. I have a son that enjoys playing in the shop, but sometimes, he loses patience with the details needed to make something nice, but we are working on it.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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Marty Backe

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#10 posted 1334 days ago

Funny how it starts so young – our innate desire to please our women by making things for them. Of course we all know that the real reason that we do this is to justify the purchase of another tool ;-)

Nice video.

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Dennisgrosen

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#11 posted 1332 days ago

he do know how to get the girls to kiss him ….LOL

thankĀ“s for sharing
your moments

Dennis

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