new woodworker #1: Starting him out

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Blog entry by i82much posted 03-19-2009 04:39 PM 870 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Me and my 12 yr old son are involved in Boy Scouts with me being a Woodworking merit badge counselor, so my son has to be the first 1 in the troop to earn this badge.
There are 2 different projects required, and since we are going to a district campout this weekend where there will be awards for the campsite with the most gadgets we decided to make some “address signs” for some of the tents.
He made some templates to rout in the Troop and number. then a template for the position that person heldrouter template
I must say after the initiall un-easy feeling of messing up, he loved using the router.
One of the requirement requires the use of a plane, so I had him use a block plane to knock off the corners
using the plane for the first time
He liked it so much he wanted to practice on scrap wood, and when it came to sanding he jumped right in.
Here is a pic of the completerd project
I can see the “wheels a turning” on what he wants to build next.
I might never get any shop time for myself

-- At the end of my life...When I meet my Maker...Will I be seen as...a giver or a taker

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#1 posted 03-19-2009 05:17 PM

Even though you may need to guard your space fond memories have been created. Good luck at the outting!

-- Bill, Florida

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#2 posted 03-19-2009 06:32 PM

Always room in my shop for my boys… and my daughter too (she’s just not allowed to touch anything sharp, yet!)

-- Steven

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#3 posted 03-19-2009 07:01 PM

I just showed him this… about a s@@t eatin grin.
Thanks all

-- At the end of my life...When I meet my Maker...Will I be seen as...a giver or a taker

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#4 posted 03-19-2009 08:55 PM

Your boy did a great job on his sign. It is wonderful that you and your boy are doing things together. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 03-20-2009 03:10 AM

Nice project. I was scoutmaster when my son did his Eagle project in my shop. He and his crew cut out, assembled and deployed 11 Bluebird houses. It was a great time. Thanks for sharing and thanks for being involved with Scouts.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#6 posted 03-20-2009 07:30 AM

The other project thats nneded has to have a lid with mortised hinges. We will build some nesting boxes for a Wildlife Center near by
Just got home from a parent meeting.
Sure is a lot easier working with the boys than the parents

-- At the end of my life...When I meet my Maker...Will I be seen as...a giver or a taker

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#7 posted 03-21-2009 05:35 AM

I can’t wait till my younger kids are old enough to work in the shop with me.I had a blast with thier older siblings and since the younger two live with me we will be able to do so much more.Your boy did a great job!

-- Nothing's just gets expensive

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