Awana Grand Prix #2: Oh no, the kids are on the power tools.

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Blog entry by PaBull posted 10-31-2010 07:34 PM 3312 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Pine car derby time Part 2 of Awana Grand Prix series Part 3: Working the block of wood & wheel positioning »

Yesterday I introduced my kids to the project of the Awana Grand Prix (or pine car derby). We have not participated for years, So I went digging for all the old cars I still had stored in a container on the property from them and older siblings.

It was to see my shooting boards being used. The blocks were not square at all.

I don’t design cars, I just try to help them make their dream car.

Cutting out the designs on the band saw. Counting fingers before and after.

Even if these cars don’t make it down the track we had a blast.

We are well on our way! Thanks for watching us.

Be good. Pabull and kids.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#1 posted 10-31-2010 08:09 PM


--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 10-31-2010 09:04 PM

Those smiles and that special gleam in the eyes say it all. Great fun was had by all.

Gus, the 71 yr young laborer, trying to become a carpenters apprentice.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#3 posted 10-31-2010 11:04 PM

Oh boy you are going to bee very busy in the near future
not only you have to teach them all you know but you allso have to
build a new workshop for yourself incl. buying new tools :-)

thank´s for sharing a good moment with us

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#4 posted 11-01-2010 12:28 AM

Dennis, they can use my tools when they live at home, but when they move out they are on their own. Some show more interest than others. Some have their own tool box at 10 years old and like restoring old planes and saws I pick up at garage sales. Some never touch a tool.
And yes it was a good moment yesterday. I will keep you posted.

Yes Gus, we have been out of the running for a couple of years. I have been building a house for the family.
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But we are back in the race with large numbers.

Thanks Rustic. I am feeling cool about it too.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#5 posted 11-01-2010 01:02 AM

woaw both about your house but mostly to hear some of them
even restore tools :-)
I think if you can ceep them all in the shop from time to time
even those who don´t seem to will use tools will preciate what you have learned them
when they grow older maybee even get bite by the bug of somekind
and start make things by them self or at least DIY stuff in there future homes
ceep up the good work with them :-)

take care

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#6 posted 11-01-2010 01:06 AM

Thanks Dennis for your nice words.
Kids are a lot of fun.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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