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It Does The Heart Good- Watching My Son Earn Christmas Money Making Bow Knives

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Project by BusterB posted 12-17-2014 11:49 PM 2259 views 7 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son needed cash to buy his girlfriend a Christmas present. A pretty danged expensive gift. So ole dad bucked up and refused to just hand over the cash. Told him I had the blades to make about a dozen bow bread knives and that he could have the cash if he built and sold them. Well he accepted my proposition and we finished them up today. He has already sold about half of them and it doesn’t look like the rest will be much of a challenge to get rid of.
He even had a special request for a cedar one. I had my doubt’s, but it turned out well. He also cranked out a version that is ambidextrous… Nice. Good to see that my tools may actually wind up in capable hands someday instead of being yard sale fodder after I am gone…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)





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Deycart

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#1 posted 12-18-2014 12:00 AM

Interesting project. Where did you get the blades?

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BusterB

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#2 posted 12-18-2014 12:07 AM

Deycart- Thank you. They sell a kit on amazon for Kencraft. It includes blades and screw’s. To make them more cost effective, you can buy them in bulk from Sharptek Supply.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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JoeinGa

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#3 posted 12-18-2014 01:12 AM

That’s the spirit Dude. Make ‘em EARN THEIR KEEP! LOL

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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BusterB

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#4 posted 12-18-2014 01:32 AM

Joe- Thank you buddy…he didn’t whine nearly as much as I thought he would…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 12-18-2014 02:02 AM

Buster that was a great thing you did.He may really get the bug to be a woodworker jut to make the beautiful thing like that and like that he can make money at it too!!

Good going. Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 12-18-2014 03:36 AM

Awesome Buster, such a good dad. Some pretty pieces there.

-- "The Cedar King" https://www.facebook.com/BarroneFarm

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doubleDD

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#7 posted 12-18-2014 04:00 AM

Either he was born with a little woodworker in him or he really, really needed the money. Either way, he did a great job. Heck, I would buy one off of him. Watch out or he will be taking those tools over before your time. Ha ha

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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BusterB

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#8 posted 12-18-2014 04:34 AM

Jim- thank you sir. He has it in him to be as good as you someday… Well maybe close…lol

Todd- thank you sir. Did you notice the cedar one he did??? It turned out pretty sweet and is his favorite.

Dave- thank you sir. He needed the cash but he could be very good at this if he applies himself. Maybe making a little cash will motivate him a tad bit…

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#9 posted 12-18-2014 07:03 AM

Said it before and I’ll say it again, you’re a good daddy, Buster! He learned well. Are the two handled ones awkward or well balanced? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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luv2learn

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#10 posted 12-18-2014 07:09 AM

Great life lesson for your son Buster. You are a good dad. The bread knives turned out great. The idea of your son having “skin in the game”, i.e. earned cash, made the gift to his lady sweeter and more personal.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#11 posted 12-18-2014 12:49 PM

Awesome. He will never forget this!

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BusterB

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#12 posted 12-18-2014 01:09 PM

Candy- thank you buddy-ette. No need to butter my biscuit lady, you are already one of my hero’s. The balance wasn’t too bad but it is long enough to seem unwieldy. I think the answer might lay in the weight. My thinking is take them down to 5/8ths or 1/2” and this would self correct. You see a lot of the single handle ones online made out of the thinner stock so I may have to follow suit on these.

L2L- Thank you sir. I like the whole concept of him having “skin in the game” buddy. Just hope it is still attached or the mom will kill me…lol It was good to hear him floating ideas on different projects he wanted to do…just hope I can keep the spark kindled.

Chip- thank you sir. I sure hope so but who can tell these days…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#13 posted 12-18-2014 04:46 PM

That is really cool. Great job and Im a firm believer in kids working for their money, and not just handing it over.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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BusterB

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#14 posted 12-18-2014 05:09 PM

Hoss- Thank you sir. I may have started too late with this one lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#15 posted 12-18-2014 10:54 PM

Another fine job by Bu…...Ummmmmm… JR? Those are some great looking knives. In pic. 3, the 4th one from the left has some beautiful grain. I really like to see the younger people take an interest in woodworking. You say he favors the cedar one, hmmmm, perhaps there is a cedar strip canoe in his future? Glad to see you give him a nudge, hope he carrys on. Tell the young man he did a fine job.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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