I tried workin on my project today, didn't get a thing done and it was AWESOME!!!

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Blog entry by CobraDriver posted 01-18-2011 05:13 AM 1309 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was ready, fired up and motivated to get building my Adirondack chair, patterns set, lumber staring at me cup of coffee steaming away. Just then my 2 girls 8 and 10 walked in…Daddy whats this do? pointing to the belt/disk sander. Well let me show you, I took some scrap and rounded it out on the disk and flattened it out on the belt. Wow that looks cool can I try? Ok, so with the machine off we went thru the motions and practiced rounding and flattening out the stock…..several times. Next thing you know they’re rounding and flattening away. SO now the younger wants this piece to be perfect and rounded and flat, so much so that when she got done with it, it was labeled “Briannas first project” and the older one decided to move on to bigger things so she was going to build a jewelry box. She started drawing on wood making a bunch of squares, she cut them by hand and we sanded them even, then she glued them side-to-side. I clamped them and they’re drying away. Not to be outdone by the older sister the young one decided to move onto her next project, the puzzle of a cat. We found a pattern, she transferred it, helped me cut it with a jigsaw, she sanded it on the disk sander and now we have to go get some paint and other finishings to top off these projects.

So next thing you know the day was gone, we had finished a piece of scrap, a jewelry box and a cat puzzle. My idea of making a chair and plans for enjoying that cup of coffee were only made richer by the presence and precious time spent with the 2 most beautiful girls you could ever know. By the way folks none of you have a sander as special as mine, because appaaaarently…...mine is a girl and her names Sandy. Now try and beat that!!!

BTW they too have been on here and when I mentioned posting the pics of their work, at first they were like “no way!!!” and then after thinking about it they got excited and wanted me too, so pics are soon to follow.

Thanx LBJ


-- Everybody Knows You Never Go Full retard

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#1 posted 01-18-2011 05:29 AM

ohhhhhhhh to cute!!
what a nice daddy you are.
It is also good to see that you dont shy away from the fact they are girls in YOUR workshop. Way to go!!

-- Theresa,

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#2 posted 01-18-2011 05:32 AM

That does sound like a magical evening! I lost most of tonight also. My daughter was in too playful a mood to let da-da go work on her toy chest I’m building. But, I never regret a lost night of work when it is replaced by blanket tents and taste testing imaginary foods my 14-month-old cooks for me. While I’m jealous of Sandy, I can tell you my daughter makes the best soups I’ve ever tried. Tonight was BBQ sauce, Star shape block, and baby-wipe stew served carefully to me with a wooden spoon.

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#3 posted 01-18-2011 07:37 AM

That’s a perfect day and way better than any progress you might have made on your chairs. I got to spend the better part of my day with my 19 yr old daughter in the shop making pens…4 of them. I guess I should try to get a few pictures of them and post them but the time with her is what counts. Way to go!

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#4 posted 01-18-2011 08:46 AM

Welcome to my world
That is some fine “daddering” you performed today, great job being flexible enough to give them your time and attention… hard to do sometimes, but so worth it!

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

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#5 posted 01-18-2011 10:35 AM

I have mis-spent many days in my shop doing the exact same things with my granddaughters! Better time I’ve never spent!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#6 posted 01-18-2011 02:37 PM

thank´s for sharing your moment with us
nothing is better than make something with the children in the shop
speciel if you can learn them things at the same time :-)

but …but where are the pictures …you know we love pictures ….and its nine hours since you posted …..LOL

have a great day

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#7 posted 01-18-2011 03:07 PM

It’s great working with the young kids and getting them into woodworking. My cousin lives around the corner from me. I brought all 5 of his kids down to the house. Without him knowing, thanks to the grandparents. And let them make something for christmas for him.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#8 posted 01-18-2011 03:15 PM

Way to go, dad. It’s always good to spend quality time with your kids but when your able to teach them things at the same time it is soooo rewarding. Good work.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 01-31-2011 04:31 AM

Alrighty well sorry for the delay in the pics..I didn’t forget, we were on vacation in Atlanta and saw Blue Man and a bunch of other cool stuff. But anyhow, the youngest is here completed with her practice piece of wood, straight edges and rounded corners :) and her hand painted kitty cat complete with a bow-tie.

The older one, Tatiana, is still working on her lid, decorations and finish, she said she wants it to be pretty. Who am I to rush a Picasso!!!?

Thank you for all the kind comments, they love coming here as much as I do and laugh and smile at all the nice ppl here. Lots of “oooooss” and “ahhhhssssss” to at the beautiful work everyone does.


-- Everybody Knows You Never Go Full retard

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#10 posted 01-31-2011 09:59 AM

thank´s for the update :-)

good job Brianna :-)
ceepupthe goodwork and before he knows it
your father has to make a new shop to himself :-)
OOH did they forget to tell you that Vladimir
sorry girls if I sprung a surprice too soon

take care

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