Crafted from scraps

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Project by James Frederick posted 03-19-2015 04:48 AM 1482 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the process of creating my latest projects the neighbor kids visited my shop to see what I was doing. I had numerous cut offs from creating tenon and some dowel cutoffs. The pictures are some of the projects the kids made from what woodworkers normally throw away.

Kids just need a place and some cool stuff and a little glue, and a place they can make a little mess. They really liked the idea of being on this website. Izzy, Jman, Marly, and Grant the dog whisperer.

-- Change begins somewhere may as well be with me.

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#1 posted 03-19-2015 08:21 AM

Hey looks like some little spys has been in my projects!!

Nice work great company !!

-- Regards Robert

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#2 posted 03-19-2015 08:22 AM

Hey looks like some little spys has been in my project bin !!

Nice work great company !!

-- Regards Robert

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#3 posted 03-19-2015 10:08 AM

Those are some happy kids! Thank you for opening your shop and heart to them and introducing us to some future Lumberjocks.

-- God bless, Candy

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Charles Maxwell

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#4 posted 03-19-2015 12:00 PM

I did the same the same thing with my own kids years ago. I took it 2 more steps and you might consider this as well. My wife broke out the long shirt smocks, old cans of paint and brushes. Our three kids then took great pride in decorating their new wood sculptures. What fun. What a mess!!! We left those ‘works of art’ to dry and then we hung them in a prominent place on the living room wall. Happy kids! More importantly, there cmes a sense of accomplishment which builds character and leadership. Overall, it was therapeutic and satisfying!! PS: the local elementary school learned about it and invited me to teach a class!! That was fun.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#5 posted 03-19-2015 12:08 PM

That was a nice thing to do and they sure do look proud of themselves.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 03-19-2015 12:11 PM

and we thought our imagination was supreme ? kids will beat us out every time.

be cool to track them thru their teens to see where they go -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#7 posted 03-19-2015 01:30 PM

Good for you. Letting the little people use their imaginations and create something from nothing. This is how “greater things” in life start.
I am proud of you James.
The kids are smiling, thats what its all about!

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#8 posted 03-19-2015 02:29 PM

You may be creating future furniture designers here! Allowing and teaching kids to create is such a wonderful tool they can use in their future accomplishments. AND everyone has some fun with a project to show off!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#9 posted 03-19-2015 08:08 PM

That’s great! It’s how my brother and I got started. Keep up the great work!

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#10 posted 03-19-2015 10:45 PM

Great of you to let the rugrats make their creations out of your scraps! It’s great to see them out there using their imaginations creating things rather than playing video games all day!

-- Dean

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#11 posted 03-20-2015 12:10 AM

I think you have just made 4 friends for life! Good for you!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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James Frederick

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#12 posted 03-20-2015 12:54 AM

Thanks for the great feedback from you all.

I am very blessed to have a great family and neighbors, and that combination makes for bunches of fun and as you can see good times. The neighbor kids and mine on days we can be outside love hanging out near the garage when I am there creating my projects. They know where the scraps are, glue tape etc..

It is definitely a win win for me and especially the kiddos, I get to watch them learn.

-- Change begins somewhere may as well be with me.

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#13 posted 03-23-2015 01:43 AM

How awesome! Love it when kids want to hang out and learn or just play with the scraps and learn :)


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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