Aubrey eagerly sported her tool belt with tucked-in hammer. Everything about her said, “Let’s go build something daddy!” She was ready for anything and wanted to prove she could tackle anything her brothers could – and more. The “weekend” basement remodeling project had morphed into a 2 year marathon. We’d finish one part and my lovely wife would come down the stairs oohing an aahing about how good it looked. Then I’d hear those dreaded next words “But babe, that old _ (insert “w...
Ok so as some of you already know my daughter enjoys working in the shop either with me and more and more on her own with little projects. I of course encourage here to do this for many reasons besides just spending time with me. It is helping her to learn problem solving skills, learn math skills, and learn physical skills as well that are helping her to use her hands more and get a bit more strength in them as well as improve motor skills. Between the two of us we have decided to do (at ...
I’ve been meaning to make my 8 year-old a workbench so he can ‘help’ me when I’m out in the shop, but kept putting it off. When I saw Baligh’s latest contest, I couldn’t think of an idea for a project, then it hit me: “I’ll make a workbench!”. So, here it goes. This is what I started with: 1- 8’ 2×8 piece of Douglas Fir, 6 board feet of 1×6 pine, 1-4×4x1/2 sheet of CDX plywood (not shown), 1-3’x1” ...
I wanted to share these photos to encourage everyone to get your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and young friends involved in your work. My son is 18 months old and wants so badly to imitate everything we do. I put in the smallest blade we had and I let him help me scroll saw. My 3 1/2 year old daughter took to the scroll saw like a natural. (Must be genetics) She has spent most of her weekends in the garage with my father and I for glue ups and such and she is no stran...
I wanted a chair for my daughter’s cubby house and was looking to buy something 2nd hand. I came across a chunky pine post in my back shed and inspiration struck. I decided I could make a chest that could provide some storage for toys and double as a bench seat – I also wanted to get my head around this mortise and tenon business. I marked everything out and cut all of my tenons then cleaned them up with chisels. All hand tools so far, by necessity. I marked each ...
In this video Randy Child discusses the use of the rasp in shaping wood and demonstrates its use. My apologies in advance for the noise. I filmed this in a production environment of which I had no control. That said, you can still hear the content which I believe is relevant. Enjoy! Tim PS – Check out my website for more videos and woodworking information.
I recently took a Maloof Rocker class with Randy Child and Charles Neil. They were both kind enough to let me video the learning sections of the class. In this video, Randy discusses the requirements for prepping the front legs to integrate with the seat. I have lots of video but most of it has high levels of noise. If there is interest given these restraints, I will post a few more. As for the class itself, I really learned quite a bit about shaping wood which is the largest require...
I’ve completed my son’s Christmas present (ok, awhile ago!), which is a really cool “tower” that he can climb up into to see everything happening on the kitchen counter, and be involved himself. In the previous post on this topic, I went over the design phase and initial template-building. At that point, I was ready to start cutting up some plywood! I had on hand some pretty nice 3/4 plywood from the local supply store. Nothing fancy, but both sides are smooth...
I’m building a tower for my son for Christmas. [slightly behind in posting] My son is forever wanting to be “up” and see what is going on in the kitchen. Whether we are cooking, cleaning or preparing something – he wants to be involved. He doesn’t currently have anything to stand on so that he can see – so I’m building him a tower. He’ll be able to climb up into it and see the counter and be involved in what is going on. I started wi...
Refers to project posted here. The dry fit passed inspection from my quality inspector so it was time to move on to finishing. I disassembled it to three major components and put on Minwax Dark Walnut Stain. Of course I did this on my finishing/pool table. You can see the unstained head sitting on the table also. I installed the handle in the head with glue and two finish nails through the edge to hold it steady. I am using Waterlox Original Medium as a sealer and it’...
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