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52 Weeks #24: Daddy, how does a teeter totter work?

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Blog entry by clieb91 posted 06-20-2011 03:51 AM 1537 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was the question that my daughter asked me on the way to dinner last night. I tried to explain the central pivot point and she kind of got it, but since most teeter totters or see-saws today are nice and kid friendly (unlike those ones some of us grew up with) and use a large spring in the middle instead. We decided we would make one in order for her to use it for her doll house. This by no means is fine woodworking, but it was a great time having her help me in the shop today.

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With a few small scraps and some dabs of glue we made a nice small teeter totter. While the glue was drying she decided she wanted to work on her nail banging skills.

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She did a good job and was even happier when she was allowed to use a few clamps to hold everything in place. I could not resist recording her practice.

A great Father’s Day :) Oh and I was also able to complete another project this morning but since it is a birthday gift for July it will have to remain a secret project for a little bit longer. I already have materials laid out for another gift that needs to be started this week and picked up supplies for at least one more. July is shaping up to be a very busy month. Oh well should be fun.

Hope all you dads had a good Father’s Day and to everyone have some fun in the shop this week.

CtL

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



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Karson

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#1 posted 06-20-2011 04:09 AM

Happy Fathers day to you sir. I had a great time with 4 of my children able to visit for the day. The other two are a little far away.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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spunwood

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#2 posted 06-20-2011 04:22 AM

Real cool, glad you got to spend Father’s day with the kids.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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Woodfix

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#3 posted 06-22-2011 11:04 AM

Its okay for you lot but Father’s day in Australia is not till September. Hope I have as much fun as you and your girl did. Well done.

And to top it off, what you call a Teeter Totter, we call a See Saw. Don’t you love the English Language.

Doug

-- Living is a constant gamble, life is about working the odds in your favour

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#4 posted 06-30-2011 02:56 PM

and of course there is a song to help the hammering job

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

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