Mother and Daughter workshop #1: Demolition!

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Blog entry by ejvc posted 06-30-2014 06:26 PM 1245 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In the new house we have a whole basement room for a workshop! And we have two workbenches (one came with the house in an attic, one I scored at a second-hand shop)! But the difficulty is, we can’t put the workbenches in the workshop because of an enormous MDF table in the middle of the room. The table would be useful to put machines on. But we don’t have machines. And it doesn’t have vices or anything to clamp with.

So—tonight we began to demolish this table. This gave my daughter a wonderful opportunity to practice unscrewing the over 50 screws on the top three layers of the table. Here’s how it worked: I used a regular screwdriver to start unscrewing the 20 huge 4” screws and then the 30 smaller 2” screws. Then, I put a crosshead bit in the mini-brace that I bought for her previously (see previous blog on hand tools for children). Whirr! A six-year old girl armed with the power of leverage can unscrew any amount of any sized screws! And I am seriously envious of this tiny but awesome piece of kit. I was NOT allowed to use it, just so you know.

We had a great time unscrewing and removing:
  • a giant scarred and battered unfinished MDF top (like 8 feet by 8 feet)
  • an underframe consisting of 12 2×4s which had been joined together with housing joints and giant screws, like some sort of maniac Lincoln Log construction
  • another 2 foot by 4 foot bit of MDF that had been screwed down with the aforementioned 30 screws plus six bolts from below. I personally suspect a child had been let loose with a screw gun as many of these were somewhat randomly placed. We got to use crowbars a bit at the end too.

We still have to do at least two more top pieces (the wretched thing is built up in layers) and another under frame held together with large bolts. But we are having a great time remodelling our workshop!

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

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#1 posted 06-30-2014 06:33 PM

Sounds exciting! You can re purpose all the materials in your new shop! Have fun!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 07-01-2014 09:29 AM

Sounds like you and your daughter are having fun. It would be nice to see some photos.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 07-01-2014 10:10 AM

Yes, photos. I hear and obey. She’s down there right now with Dad, unscrewing stuff. He hates working with his hands so you know it is her that’s driving the whole operation.

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

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