Mother & daughter toolbox #4: Getting distracted and sidelined

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Blog entry by ejvc posted 02-26-2013 08:23 PM 1400 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Does your inspiration come from children’s books? Yesterday in the library we happened upon a book called “Castor snickrar” (Castor does carpentry) which is a child’s illustrated book about a beaver who is building a toolbox on his grandfather’s cabinetmaking bench. Much of it focuses on the names of the tools he uses, very handy since a) they are the very handtools that we have (eg brace and bit, hand drill, mallet) and b) I don’t know the names of any of these things in Swedish!

Anyhow ol’ Castor screws the sides of his toolbox on after boring holes for the screws. I got to thinking that would be a lot more long-lasting than our bent nails. Plus my daughter likes drilling. Unfortunately it turns out I don’t have a drill bit that’s small enough. Even more unfortunately for the actual finishing of said toolbox, it got us on to drilling again. We now have a board with a lot of holes in it.

Then daughter caught me watching Paul Sellers planing wood, and demanded to know the name of this tool. Why don’t we have one, she said. We do, I said. I have two, I said. She says, give me one. No, I say, they are sharp. Show me, she says. Now you know that my planes aren’t sharp. So then I make some dust with the plane on the board with holes in it. Off to find the what I have to sharpen. My sandpaper tile is god knows where. So sharpening is done at the kitchen sink with a waterstone. I also apparently purchased a honing guide, which I used (contrary to Mr Sellers’s opinion, but I didn’t feel up to it.) Some happy time sharpening later, shavings were achieved, but not uniformly.

So the toolbox didn’t really progress.

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

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 02-26-2013 08:49 PM

Success was once again achieved by the time you spent with your daughter. That is always the biggest accomplishment.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-26-2013 08:51 PM

The learning did progress. for both of you…LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 02-27-2013 02:51 AM

Sidetracked by curiosity towards something other than Spongebob or video games or whatever other garbage many kids focus on these days? I’d say time well spent and job well done. Great to find an on topic book like that too.

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#4 posted 02-27-2013 07:43 AM

Great story though! I love it.

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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