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:
- 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!
- My daughter is good at nailing. (She’s not yet very good at sawing though)
- I am about as good as my daughter at nailing. (But much better at sawing)
- We like painting.
- 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 (5). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...