Woodworking kids #1: start 'em young

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Blog entry by olivine posted 11-21-2012 06:45 AM 3997 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My son loves my random orbit sander. Every time I use it my son wants to watch up close. If he sees it sitting idle in the shop, he’ll point to it and whine hoping I’ll pull it out. When I do use it, he has started bringing me disks to replace used ones.

This weekend I let him use it.

And of course once he got to play, my daughter wanted to play as well.

Good little helpers they both are.

While it might bug me a little as a perfectionist that they concentrated the sander too much in a few spots making it not perfectly flat perhaps I’ll remember the piece fondly in the future.

They both helped sand a side to the Roycroft bookshelf that I’m making. I found a great pair bookmatched pieces of quartersawn white oak. I would say unfortunately the seam joins the sapwood, but I tend to like two toned pieces of wood. It makes them a bit more unique than most pieces.

Until next time.

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 11-21-2012 11:36 AM

You’re doing yourself a big favour involving the kids. Always a good job!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-21-2012 12:05 PM

Looks like good times all around. I commend you on the use of ear muffs for the little ones, but might I also suggest dust masks?

My boy is 19 months, and LOVES the shop! Makes ‘Tim the tool Man’ grunts when the shop (ok, garage) door goes up!

here he is ‘helping dada’ carry out the cordless drill/driver.

He has not seen the ROS in action, but I’m sure when he does, his reaction will be identical to your boys! I don’t do any cutting/sanding when he is in the shop, we mostly go to clean trash (his favorite activity right now), so he does not quite get the concept that those big machines in dada’s shop make noise!

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#3 posted 11-21-2012 01:17 PM

I can wait for my guy to be able to help around the shop, hopefully he takes well to it like your boys. For right now, at 12 weeks, hes just learning how to push out farts which is a very important tool in my shop.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#4 posted 11-21-2012 01:19 PM

Nothing better than getting the kids involved. Fun for everyone.


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#5 posted 11-21-2012 04:13 PM

Great looking kids, I like the way your daughter tries to be as far away as possible while still being able to
operate the sander, something like my wife when she just had to operate the jackhammer when I was
tearing out our front steps. Good helper you have there crashn, it what will seem like a couple of days,
he will be helping carry out the car keys and driving off.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 11-22-2012 03:13 AM

BluePine38 Thanks. The last 19 months have really flown already. You know its fast and slow. The day to day is long, but in retrospect its fast! He really is at a cute age right now :)


-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#7 posted 11-22-2012 03:48 AM

Great pictures. And I agree, start em young and keep it fun.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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