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Blog entry by Tomcat1066 posted 10-02-2011 11:43 PM 5242 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but Lowe’s has a product line called Red Toolbox. It’s a combination of kid’s tools and kid’s projects. Well, my kid saw it and wanted it. The price didn’t suck completely and I figured what the heck. Well, when he needed to finish a school book, I resorted to a tactic my folks used with me: bribery. I told him Friday that if he finished it that day, I would take him to Lowe’s to get him some of the tools (including the cordless drill for Pete’s sake) and a project.

Well, sure enough, he did it. For his project, he took my advice and got the toolbox project rather than asking for the tool set that was just a box and a couple of tools. Yesterday we were tied up, so we hit the project today.

For the record, the project was incredibly basic. Really, it’s almost like a wooden model kit with screws and nails. However, as these kids are ranked by difficulty and this was a level one kit, what more did I expect. We put this thing together in about an hour, so we decided to stain the bad boy. I had some old ebony stain and figured “What the heck?”

Well, we’re pretty stoked with how it turned out. More than that, we had a great opportunity to spend some real quality time together.

Here’s the toolbox all on it’s lonesome.

Here’s the pull out tool tray. Kind of a nice little addition.

I told him I’d share it with the LumberJocks. Not a bad first project for a 10 year old kid. The one thing I’m going to have to do is be a little hands off.

As for the Red Toolbox tools, they don’t really suck to much so far. As for the projects, they could have better intstructions. Still, it was good to teach my son about rabbets and dados. Dovetails? Not so much, but he’s got plenty of time for that one!

And here’s the proud owner with his new toolbox

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!



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William

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#1 posted 10-03-2011 12:01 AM

It’s great to get the kids involved in our hobby. They will look back one day fondly of working wood with their dad.
I carry my youngest kids to the Home Depot Kid’s Workshop every month. I don’t have one close by, but I have heard that Lowes has something very similar. At home depot, it a kid friendly project they do every month. Their parent helps them with it if they need it. Mine are slowly moving towards doing them on their own. Then when they’re done, they get a certificate, a pin signifying that project to put on their apron, and juice and cookies.
Sometimes, like this month, they do even more. This month was fire safety month. They built a toy helicopter. They got to climb onto the fire trucks that were there. The firemen taught them all about fire safety through fun games. They were fed lemonade, hot dogs, and pop corn.
It has become such a “thing” for my kids to go every month that when they misbehave, all I have to do is threaten not to take them to the workshop that month, and they straighten right up.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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ShaneA

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#2 posted 10-03-2011 12:07 AM

Great post. I can tell you are doing a great job by looking at the young man’s t shirt. I can see he is well on his way.

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Tomcat1066

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#3 posted 10-03-2011 12:13 AM

William: We’ve got both, but they do a really poor job of letting anyone know when they’ve got anything, and the couple of times I took my son up there for them, something came up and they didn’t do it. I’d rather do it at the house and know we can do it consistently. Still, it’s great to get him building something, ain’t it?

Shane: Well, I have to give his mom credit for the shirt. I’m a big Rolling Stones fan, she’s more into the Beatles. Him? He worships Jimi Hendrix. Yeah, my kid has style musically if nothing else :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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Wes Grimes

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#4 posted 10-03-2011 01:47 AM

Cool. I try to get my kids involved in my projects, but they don’t have any interest. I have found other things that we can relate on, but the lust for saw dust did not make it to them yet…

-- Wes, Garland, TX

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Tomcat1066

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#5 posted 10-03-2011 01:49 AM

Yeah, I seem to be lucky on that front for the time being anyways. He’s ten, so he’s got a LOT of time left before he’s more interested in his friends than building stuff with dear old dad :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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clieb91

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#6 posted 10-03-2011 02:34 AM

Tomcat, Awesome post I love the time my daughter spends with me in the workshop. I do like that tool box, we are putting a kit from a yard sale together. Much smaller, may have to go check out one of these at Lowes.

I will bet he is looking forward to filling that thing up with some tools.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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Tomcat1066

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#7 posted 10-03-2011 02:46 AM

Chris,

He certainly is. He’s already got a few tools from his kits. Not a lot, but a hammer, a flat-head screwdriver, a phillips screw driver, a rasp, tape measure, hand saw, a clamp, and a rule. That, coupled with the cordless drill (designed for kids) plus the vintage Stanley #5 I gave him a while back and he’s actually ahead of the game all things considered. Of course, it kind of bugs me that they called the rasp a “file”. I guess they didn’t know what they were talking about.

Still, it was a great time and I think that it turned out pretty sweet all things considered.

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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Beginningwoodworker

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#8 posted 10-03-2011 02:57 AM

Great post!

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Tomcat1066

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#9 posted 10-03-2011 03:00 AM

It’s definitely one of the better ones I’ve gotten a chance to write. I can’t wait to find out what he and I will build next :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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David Grimes

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#10 posted 10-03-2011 03:48 AM

Time well spent for sure.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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Dennisgrosen

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#11 posted 10-03-2011 10:30 AM

well done boy (put in your name please ) you can be proud of that tooltote

Tomcat thank´s for sharing and congrat´s with your new aprentice :-)
we don´t have this kind of kits here … so I have to do some hard work with the handplanes
when my daughter want´s to build :-)
you better make a bench or sawbench that fits his hight ….. :-)

Dennis

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Tomcat1066

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#12 posted 10-03-2011 10:47 AM

Denis,

That’s on the agenda, that’s for sure. I’ve promised him a spot in the workshop just for him…after I build the blasted thing anyways :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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Dennisgrosen

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#13 posted 10-03-2011 11:09 AM

when I get my next blogs up about reorg. after a little flod in the basement ….. you can see the one my daughter enheriage from me
it was a cheep hobbybench I got 20 years ago to a b-day its a bit lower than mine
but fits her well …. and will get improofed in this winther to come
she don´t do much ….. but when she want´s to …. its a blast to have her next to me :-)

Dennis

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Tomcat1066

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#14 posted 10-03-2011 12:10 PM

I know what you mean :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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