Workshop Happenings in a Novice World 5 - Future LJer Tom

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Blog entry by nmkidd posted 12-18-2009 10:19 PM 1180 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Howdy again….......thought I would let ya’ll see what 7th graders do in woodshop….....

This is my 13 year old son, Tom holding the knick knack shelf he made last spring (12 yrs at the time of build)......

Here’s some pics of his shelf….....

Side view….....and

Front view

The piece is made from pine and he did a light mahogany stain….....the students were given the wood … he said…long wood. All cuts were done by hand, dadoes by chisel and mallet….no power tools. Assembly was done with glue and counter sunk finishing nails…..then filled and sanded.

All in all, I think he did a great job on his first project and I’m proud of him!!!

Tom…..ya done good!!!!

What a great opportunity for the youngsters to be able to learn a craft in school…....unfortunately the 8th grade program at his school was canceled. so no woodshop this year. Hopefully…next year at the high school the wood program will still be in tact.

Tom was really excited about this program and was rather disappointed that it was canceled. He has taken a great interest in my doings in the shop…....and I have been teaching him general shop safety, safety when operating tools and tool setup.

Patron has offered his shop, expertise and knowledge next summer to train Tom in basic woodworking. Then in the fall, he will enroll in high school woodshop(if it’s still being offered).

As I’ve stated before in comments in different blogs… is a shame that so many school systems are doing away with the arts and crafts aspects of schooling…....woodworking, machine shop, music and art to name a few are all disappearing. We need to voice our opinions to the school boards…......I know I have on many occasion.

Thanks…...hasta luego.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#1 posted 12-18-2009 10:25 PM

Now that is a fine example of what I believe to be “Santa Fe” style or at least Southwestern…well done Tom..
Listen well to the master… you could not have a better guide in your woodworking journey than David aka Patron.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 12-18-2009 10:33 PM

very nicely done!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 12-18-2009 10:43 PM

Wow. Much better than my work at 13! Much, much better! Enjoy his youth, they grow up fast. I just graduated from college this morning (got to tell everyone) but I feel like I was 13 yesterday.

-- Brent -

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#4 posted 12-18-2009 10:46 PM

Very well done Tom !!

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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#5 posted 12-18-2009 11:04 PM

Another Master in the making….Maybe even a LumberJock, too!

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#6 posted 12-18-2009 11:18 PM

At 13 I thought boards were for whacking something with, but even I grew up and discovered other uses for them. He did a great job on the shelf and it ignited his interest in woodworking. What could be better. I can see why you are proud of him!

One thing I’ve heard a lot of complaints about is the shutting down of woodworking classes all over the country. While I agree that this is a sad thing, I think we should remember that never before has so much woodworking expertise and great tools at fantastic prices been available to the general public. We don’t need the government to teach us woodworking! That’s great news! Rejoice and include your kids and your grandkids, if you have any, in your passion. Just for this alone they will cherish your memory long after you are gone.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 12-18-2009 11:21 PM

Doug & Tom,
It’s good to see a father willing to mentor his son in the craft, and to see a son willing to be mentored.

You should both be proud of each other.

Ya both done good.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#8 posted 12-18-2009 11:27 PM

I think he did great. It is wonderful to see someone his age building a shelf like this. And to do it without the use of power tools is a big challenge.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 12-18-2009 11:33 PM

Bravo Zulu Tom. There’s not a day goes by that I don’t have my Dad to thank for my knowledge in woodworking. Listen well & learn well.

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#10 posted 12-19-2009 12:50 AM

He DID do good. So sad they are cancelling the program. He will get to work with Patron? Lucky boy! And so lucky to have a dad that encourages him.

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#11 posted 12-19-2009 01:24 AM

Very nice!

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#12 posted 12-19-2009 01:59 AM



like i told you at thanksgiving ,
learn safety and pay attention ,
to what your dad is showing you ,

when you can stay focused on the tools ,
and what we are doing ,


welcome to LJ’s .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#13 posted 12-19-2009 01:10 PM

Excellent job. Love the design!
Welcome to the woodworking world :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#14 posted 01-02-2010 06:04 PM

Excellent job. I used to make things like that when i was about 6 or 7. wish i still had some of them About all i had was a dull hand saw and a hammer and a few bent nails. Your son din a excellent job using all hand tools. Have a nice day Lee

-- wchips

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