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Dad! That's Not What The Plan Says

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Blog entry by PJ72 posted 02-25-2014 04:10 AM 1045 reads 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the weekend my 20 month old was hanging out with me in the shop; she always loves to play with the tape measures. This picture reminded me of a quick build from couple years ago (before I joined LJ’s).

Surely I must be smarter than a kindergartener?

I was working on some Christmas presents and my 5 year old daughter at the time came out and asked if I would help her build a chair. Trying to be smart and not wanting to stop what I was doing, I told her that we could not build a chair without a plan. She asked for paper and a pencil and left. Later, she came back and asked for a tape measure and left. After she was gone a while, I thought for sure my plan had worked.

When she returned and showed me her plan and explained how she measured her body to draw dimensions on what appeared to be both a front view and side view of her chair, I immediately knew what I would be doing the rest of the afternoon.

We built the chair together and it was a really fun afternoon. We used pocket holes, scrap 2×4’s, and a remnant of ½” plywood.

The Funny Part

When it came time to build the chair back, I told her that a straight piece would be much easier and quicker than cutting the profile. She looked at me with a stern look and said “Dad, that’s not what the plan says”. She really put me in my place. Consequently, the chair back has a profile.

-- PJ



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Grandpa

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#1 posted 02-25-2014 04:21 AM

Time well spent. Children spell love, T-I-M-E

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#2 posted 02-25-2014 04:23 AM

Great story!!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 02-25-2014 04:37 AM

That’s an awesome story and being a dad, I can’t imagine a better way to spend an afternoon.

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#4 posted 02-25-2014 04:39 AM

That is a great story! After insisting on a plan, you HAD to follow it!

-- God bless, Candy

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PJ72

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#5 posted 02-25-2014 05:14 AM

Thanks for the comments – it really was a fun build and it is one of those memories that we will never forget. Also the chair is a tank – it will be around for ever too.

-- PJ

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#6 posted 02-25-2014 05:31 AM

She’s adorable ,nice work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#7 posted 02-25-2014 05:45 AM

Gee, I wonder where she gets her ability to plan? I spent a lot of time with my two boys doing different projects. I still have some of their ideas tacked to the wall. Enjoy the time with them.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#8 posted 02-25-2014 06:56 AM

PJ,

You’ve got some smart kids! That’s quite a plan for a 5-year-old! The chair turned out great.

Your 20-month-old looks like she’s a natural in the shop, too. Thanks for sharing.

”Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#9 posted 02-25-2014 08:50 AM

I know how that goes. I have worked off a few of those plans too ;-)) Ya gotta follow the plans!

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

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#10 posted 02-25-2014 12:25 PM

Well done, Dad.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#11 posted 02-25-2014 02:36 PM

That’s a great story, PJ. I know good and well that you loved it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 02-25-2014 05:26 PM

That’s so cool. It’s neat to see kids go from babies to little people with ideas of their own. Can’t wait for the day my daughter hands me some plans!

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#13 posted 02-25-2014 05:30 PM

OK. Got me. Teary-eyed Dad here.

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#14 posted 02-25-2014 09:35 PM

Ya gotta follow the plan—I love it!

-- Dean

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#15 posted 02-25-2014 10:13 PM

Great story gotta love having little one in the shop . Mine only come in shop now to ask for money to go out.

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