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Mother & daughter toolbox #2: Some things are assembled

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Blog entry by ejvc posted 01-19-2013 10:47 AM 1526 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: How a novice plans a first project Part 2 of Mother & daughter toolbox series Part 3: Holes and cuts and left-handed question »

In which the efforts of a novice and a five-year-old combine to build… something.

So a couple of things are done; we have been inhibited by the snow on the balcony or “workshop” as I call it, and the fact that we are moving countries in under a week.

We have glued and nailed the main box together. And painted it pink. Photos are in bad light, sorry.

From this I have learned:

  1. I have no idea how to both hold a box together and nail it and the same time. How on earth do people do this? I am thinking some type of clamping device but I wasn’t able to work it out. I just kind of gyrated around the workmate and the floor. Very unsatisfactory!
  1. My daughter is good at nailing. (She’s not yet very good at sawing though)
  1. I am about as good as my daughter at nailing. (But much better at sawing)
  1. We like painting.
  1. I wish I could find my tools – all I have are a bad saw, a drill, and my combination square. I know that somewhere I also have a tenon saw and a plane, and more clamps. Not to mention a freshly sharpened set of chisels. I guess I will find them as the move progresses. They are in a big orange cardboard box, it shouldn’t be that hard to spot.

Here is the base of the tray with the tool silhouettes painted on. This was a lot of fun to do! We drew the silhouettes together, then I painted the outlines and she filled in. I have yet to clean up the outlines though. For various reasons this is the only base we’ve painted yet.

Here’s the rest of the project, under the coffee table. The paper gift bag on the left currently has her tools in it. Classy, no?

-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...



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Ted78

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#1 posted 01-19-2013 11:03 AM

Looking good, can’t wait to see the finished product.

-- Ted

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JoeinGa

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#2 posted 01-19-2013 02:32 PM

Appears to be coming along nicely. I’m sure the 5 year old will treasure it once it’s done. Either that or her tools will be back in the gift sack and the box will be full of dolls and toys :-)

Here’s a small “Ladies tool box” I made and gave away last year.

.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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JesseTutt

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#3 posted 01-19-2013 02:36 PM

”... how to both hold a box together and nail it and the same time”

As with most things it takes at least 4 hands, but 6 are usually better ;-)

Otherwise looks good so far.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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DocSavage45

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#4 posted 01-19-2013 04:39 PM

LOL!

What an adventure. You’re not in the kitchen. Great! She is more flexible in learning than you are, so it can come easier for her. Eye hand takes time for us all. There are some basic tool books out there, depending on what you want to do next? Your excitment will generate hers. Nice start.

I still have a tool box given to my brother for Christmas. My parents thought it might stimulate him..LOL! He was into sports! I also have many of my dad’s tools.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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NormG

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#5 posted 01-19-2013 07:09 PM

You found your tools, great project

-- Norman

View ejvc's profile

ejvc

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#6 posted 01-19-2013 07:55 PM

Joe, she’s currently using the box in its uncompleted state as a “box for selling fruit” so I hear what you are saying about dolls and toys.

Jesse, 6 hands would be ideal.

Tom, she’s really into it. I am a “lone crafter” amongst my siblings so I know you can’t force it – you either like this stuff or you don’t. Of course I also hope she likes to sew, but she’s somehow more -active?- than I am so the physicality of woodworking is good for her. She also really likes nature – I may try to get into this “green woodworking” malarky later.

Norman and Ted, thanks for your comments!

-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 01-19-2013 08:18 PM

The most important thing is that you and your daughter make beautiful music together so carry on the symphony. Way to go, Dad. Good luck on the move. God Bless.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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JoeinGa

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#8 posted 01-19-2013 09:06 PM

Dad?

Pssssst! Hey, helluvawreck…

Check the profile. It’s MOM doing the blogging here! LOL

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 01-19-2013 09:37 PM

Well. excuse me. I guess you sure enough caught this old fool. :) My humble apologies, Mom. However, doesn’t it sort of work both ways? I’ve had two grandmothers, a mother, a mother in law and two daughters and I love ‘em all dearly. I can tell you this much, it’s always been the ladies in my life that have kept this old fool between the ditches and that’s the honest truth. My hat is off to you, Mom. God Bless.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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ejvc

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#10 posted 01-19-2013 10:31 PM

LOL – that’s OK, easy mistake to make here on the interwebs.

Joe, wanted to comment on your toolbox but forgot—looks pretty useful! Oh I found this great toolbox that mafe built with a sheet of plywood and a knife, or something…I mean that thing is crammed full of useful places to stash saws and screwdrivers and stuff. It’s irritating when knowledge and skill are applied to a problem so that it looks easy. I mean this one here :

At least ours will be decorated.

-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...

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Dennisgrosen

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#11 posted 01-24-2013 01:29 AM

donĀ“t be ashamed we have all startet with no knowledge of what we was doing
matter of fact I still jumb in to the deep end of the pool with out having learned to swim
from time to time
the most importen is “want to ” added with a little patience then before you know it
you will have a potfull of knowledge spiced with skills :-)

Dennis

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Monte Pittman

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#12 posted 02-20-2013 08:13 AM

In the grand scheme of things, gaining a tool box is the minor part of the project. Quality time with your daughter is a treasure that can never be lost.

Good job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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ejvc

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#13 posted 02-20-2013 08:52 AM

If you like to make things, there’s nothing better than doing it with someone you love, in my opinion.

-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...

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