Mother and Daughter - Crayon Truck #1: We start a new project

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Blog entry by ejvc posted 06-15-2014 05:19 PM 1841 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After our great success with the toolbox, we immediately have begun another project, a crayon truck for my 18 month old boy. This crayon truck is from an idea out of a book – I think it’s something like “Weekend Woodworking Projects” or something. Supposed to be easy. Much non-easy stuff included, but the truck looked doable. And my little son loves both trucks AND crayons. It is in two pieces, a cab and a trailer. The cab just has wheels, but the trailer (which is articulated onto the cab with a peg) has twenty four vertical holes, each big enough for just one crayon. My daughter likes the idea so much that she is not sure she wants to give it away. I am more concerned about my ability to drill 24 perfectly vertical holes for the crayons, and also about the face that my 3/8” bit for my brace is dull and I don’t really know how to sharpen it (although – come to think of it – I do have some reference books).

Anyway I’ve cut the trailer out and marked the drill holes. Have started on the cab. The girl has been hammering some kind of strange construction that she calls a shelf. But now she wants to work on the real project, she says. So I think we’ll be painting soon. There’s some kind of fine line between letting her do the work and wanting the project to actually succeed. But painting she can do. If we had the paint. We only have pink, red, and white, which limits our choices. And no primer!

We are working every night after dinner, having banished the TV. It’s nice.

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

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View DocSavage45's profile


8599 posts in 2868 days

#1 posted 06-15-2014 05:46 PM

As you learn she will learn. Sharp tools is the sign of a craftsman/woman. LOL! If you have a level it can be a reference for drilling plumb holes. Or a framing square.

Hey some kids have difficulty stacking blocks at her age! Or drawing so you guys are doin good!

Above all else, have a great time!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 06-17-2014 04:50 AM

If all you have is a hand drill try using two pieces of wood that have good 90 degree edges to form a corner to act as a guide for your drill bit. Use this guide to drill a straight hole all the way through a piece of scrap wood. This scrap can now be used as aguide to drill the 24 holes for the crayons. If you make a guide of the right thickness it will even act as a stop to get all your holes to be a unifom depth. If you can put enough downward pressure on the guide it might even help prevent SOME of the torn fibers from a dull bit. Although a sharp bit will give you a cleaner hole.

-- Semper Fi BDA

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#3 posted 06-17-2014 05:51 PM

Here’s some tips on sharpening an auger bit if that’s what you have:

Here’s a video, auger bit starts about 7:40

There are other videos out there too.

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#4 posted 06-17-2014 06:51 PM

Another trick is to use a piece of pegboard to mark where to drill the holes.

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#5 posted 06-17-2014 07:29 PM

Hi. If you want different color paint then here’s an idea. Go to paint stores or big box stores and ask for mismixed paints. These can be when the mixed a color for a customer and it didn’t come out right. They usuaaly mark them down a lot. Sometimes they will give them away for free. Talk to the managers and tell them what you are doing and they might give you an even bigger discount. Good Luck.

-- Leonard H.

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#6 posted 06-29-2014 07:20 PM

Thanks Tim – I bought an augur file and actually filed my bit and what do you know, it cuts! I am such a beginner that when I am able to do anything I feel fantastically clever and skilled, LOL.

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

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