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Progress of a self taught cabinet maker #5: Giving back

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I am to that point in my shop where I need to clear out old tools to make room for new better ones. For some time I have been neglecting this task because I possess the typical pack-rat gene that is inherent in most of us. The idea of a yard sale was appealing but I just have not gotten around to it, and my unused tools sat taking up space and collecting dust.

Then when I was speaking to a coworker, I found out her young son likes to carve with his Swiss army knife but has not gotten any further along in the journey. I thought what a great way to give him a nudge. This is a kit I am going to give him tomorrow.


I helped him out and sharpened this for him, but I am going to make him tune up the plane himself, it’s dirty grimy work and I thing he’ll love it.

I’ll post a picture if I convince him to make something.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan



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Jack_T

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#1 posted 1190 days ago

I think what you are planning on doing is very nice. Remember to tell him how to clean plane, and how to use each tool properly.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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Julio Alonso Diaz

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#2 posted 1190 days ago

very kind of you, well done

-- El hombre que amo la madera. http://aulaflamingo.wordpress.com/

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MsDebbieP

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#3 posted 1190 days ago

how wonderful!!

and a LumberJock is born :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Dennisgrosen

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#4 posted 1190 days ago

of course you are helping him with the tune up how to do it and how he shuold use it
and sa the good guy you are you will mill the wood teach him how to make a good study first bench
to the vice , you know when saying A and take and aprentice under the wings you got to say B –
and learn him to use the tools safely ….. :—)) teach him how to go the unplugged way first with everything

remember to make a good list of what lay out and handtools he need in the first future
so he has something for the wishlist at B-day and Chrismas

good luck into your new journey as a teacher :-)

take care
Dennis

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RGtools

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#5 posted 1190 days ago

Jack, the plane is pretty clean as it stands, but I do plan to show him how to sharpen the blade, flatten the sole make sure the frog seats, the blade seats, and get the thing cutting right, oh and the chipbreaker needs some attention too.

Thanks Julio and Msdebbie.

Dennis. It’s funny that you mentioned the “list”, I did that yesterday when I started. You’ve pretty much nailed the plan though. Safety is one of my primary concerns, which is why he is not getting a chisel until I am sure he can handle it. As for going the unplugged route first…that’s how I do things in my shop, so I would be better teaching that way anyway.

Thanks everyone for your support.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Dennisgrosen

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#6 posted 1189 days ago

that´s right something slipped thrugh my so called brain… LOL

about the cheisel thing take a look at what he has done with the knife and see
if you ungarded can see how he use it
if he know the rules about using a knife there shuold be zero problems :-)

try to explain him only to buy a new tool at a time , and making the best valuer for the money
that will proppebly be the hardest to teach him …. LOL …. oh yeah we almakes the mistake
of buying junk and too good an overkill from time to time …. it wuold be a shame if he does it before he is grown up :-)
years ago my freinds teenage son wanted me to help him with a good list of automotive handtools
that was a very short list mostly with brands and places to get it together with a toolcatalog from
one of the most expencive brands …. not on the list I did told him never to buy to brand onless he used it
8 -10 hours every single day of the week as a pro.
today that boy have one of the best car tunecompany and even have a better equipt homeshop …. LOL
he was one that only needed the freindly push

I hope you will experince the same here :-)

Dennis

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GaryD

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#7 posted 1189 days ago

Nice gesture. I am sure he is going to go crazy with this.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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woodman1962

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#8 posted 1189 days ago

That is a great thing to do for a kid Everyone thought i was crazy when my youngest son wanted to be with his dad in the shop.Now at just 16 he uses all my tools in the shop and is really getting good at it.But a chisel did get him once when he was 15.Anyone can have an accident

-- jjhollyawc@yahoo.com

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mafe

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#9 posted 1189 days ago

That was really a kind thought,
Yes we should all make this clean up and give away when we can, it brings smiles and inspiration.
Look forward to hear his reaction.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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RGtools

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#10 posted 1189 days ago

Dennis, Good points and thanks for sharing. Of course if he buys either the overkill or the total junker he can get that out of the way early, like you said, we all have done it.

Gary, thanks. We’ll see how it goes.
Woodman, yep anyone can have an accident, I just don’t want to be the cause of it. Me and a hatchet tangled once and I was VERY lucky to come out of that with just a large bill. It’s all about how you handle yourself.

Mafe, I could not agree more, he was kind of withdrawn but I was at his age too. The important thing is he started fiddling with the tools to see what made them tick. That gives my hope that I might have lit a spark.

I hope it goes well. Thanks all.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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