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Project by Airframer posted 07-26-2014 04:27 PM 900 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nothing really special in looks and difficulty but probably the most special project I have made to date.

My 14 month old little man has been running into the shop with me every day for the last week so today we decided it was time for him to make some tools for him to “use” while out there.

He “helped” build this little man sized mallet out of some cut offs laying around. His favorite part was helping me cut it to size (he held the saw handle while I moved it around lol.. biggest smile I have ever seen on his face!) and he also “Helped” chop the mortise for the handle (see last pic.. he got a couple good whacks in on it).

We are waiting on his nap time to end so we can finish this with some olive oil and start banging things with it.

Used a stamp kit to add his name so daddy doesn’t get confused who owns what tools (don’t you hate it when people use your tools without asking?)

Thanks for looking. Like I said nothing special but couldn’t wait to share the result of some very quality time out in the shop.

Edit – The young craftsman has woken up and we finally got some olive oil (it is still chewable) on it and added a hang string just like daddies. He has also already started working at his “workbench” with it lol.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"





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AnthonyReed

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#1 posted 07-26-2014 04:30 PM

Perfect!

Right on boys, you fellas did some nice work.

-- ~Tony

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Airframer

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#2 posted 07-26-2014 04:49 PM

Thanks Tony! This kid just might be worth feeding after all lol.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#3 posted 07-26-2014 04:49 PM

Baby AF looks stoked with his new beater. Way to go dad! Heres to hoping youve got a lot of pine furniture. Your boy will leave plenty of memories etched into it.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Airframer

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#4 posted 07-26-2014 05:02 PM

We have a room full of Wallyworld furniture so I am not worried about the memories left in them lol. I am starting to think our next project might be along the lines of this..

Why not right?

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#5 posted 07-26-2014 05:04 PM

I dig it.

-- ~Tony

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john2005

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#6 posted 07-26-2014 05:11 PM

You got it right Eric! That is solid stuff there. Little dude looks stoked

Mini bench=awesome

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#7 posted 07-26-2014 05:35 PM

”biggest smile I have ever seen on his face!”
...it made that happen, it is very special, Eric!

-- God bless, Candy

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Tim

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#8 posted 07-26-2014 06:08 PM

Very cool project. So you found Red’s source where he got his shop bench I see.

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Buckethead

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#9 posted 07-26-2014 06:21 PM

Nice, Eric. Nothing beats this type of joy. Happy for you.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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#10 posted 07-26-2014 06:41 PM

Wonderful in deed

-- Norman

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#11 posted 07-26-2014 10:16 PM

Very Cool!!

But now EVERYTHING to him is going to seem to be a nail….
I guess this is better than giving him a nail gun or a sawzall. (SMILE)

Dave

-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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489tad

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#12 posted 07-28-2014 12:50 PM

AF build that bench!!! As time goes on you/he can make it taller. Do it Man!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#13 posted 07-28-2014 03:29 PM

Pretty cool Eric.

I’m sure it’s a favorite already

-- - Terry

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#14 posted 08-11-2014 09:26 PM

Hope you made from SOFT wood :)
That is going to be some of the best time you ever had in the shop.

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