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Project by MashMaster posted 11-29-2015 12:14 AM 1144 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 11 year old designed and built his first wood project with me this weekend. He saw someone selling a similar project at a craft store for over $200. He like me said to himself, I can build that! No pictures allowed so he designed it from memory. I helped with the math and using the power tools. He helped select the wood, run it through a thickness planer and mark all the miter saw cuts. He did all the marking and drilling.

-- - Dave ; Austin, TX





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FirehouseWoodworking

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#1 posted 11-29-2015 01:11 AM

Well done! Great job on your son’s part.

And you should be proud as well!

Cheers!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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doubleDD

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#2 posted 11-29-2015 03:08 AM

Very cool looking. I would be proud too.

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

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cracknpop

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#3 posted 11-29-2015 01:40 PM

Atta boy Dad! Time spent in the woodshop with your son/dad is time well spent. Give your son a fist bump for me and tell him I said “Good job!”

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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Kevin May

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#4 posted 11-29-2015 02:09 PM

I always enjoy seeing both young people creating things, especially wood crafts and parent and child spending time together doing something meaningful. Great job guys!

-- Kevin May "Making wood useful and fun!" www.kevinmaywoodworks.com

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WoodNSawdust

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#5 posted 11-29-2015 02:30 PM

It is nice to see young people showing an interest in woodworking.

Good job for both of you.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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leafherder

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#6 posted 11-29-2015 06:19 PM

Great Job! I’ve seen similar ones but never really liked them, they always looked too symmetrical. This one looks great with that seemingly random arrangement of branch angles. That boy has a bright future ahead of him with those sharp memory, math, and design skills.
Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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MatthewG

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#7 posted 11-29-2015 10:18 PM

Get that kid into engineering school! If he can transform something he sees into reality, he’ll be great!

-- Matthew, from beautiful Wisconsin USA

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woodbutcherbynight

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#8 posted 11-29-2015 11:52 PM

NICE! I am curious does it fold back and lay flat for storage? Or somewhat flat? LOL. Always good to see the younger ones getting involved and problem solving.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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MashMaster

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#9 posted 11-30-2015 01:23 AM



NICE! I am curious does it fold back and lay flat for storage? Or somewhat flat? LOL. Always good to see the younger ones getting involved and problem solving.

- woodbutcherbynight

There is a 1/2” dowel in the center and a 1/2” hole at the center of each arm. So they can all be turned at the same orientation and it will be flat except for the 1’ x 1’ base.

-- - Dave ; Austin, TX

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majuvla

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#10 posted 11-30-2015 12:19 PM

Bravo! Excellent tree. It deserves Daily top 3. Very creative (and money saving idea).

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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MashMaster

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#11 posted 11-30-2015 01:31 PM

Thanks everyone, He was super proud of himself after seeing the comments. I’m looking forward to working with him on his next project.

-- - Dave ; Austin, TX

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david38

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#12 posted 11-30-2015 02:14 PM

nice work

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swirt

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#13 posted 11-30-2015 02:23 PM

Way to go Dad and son. I bet it smells more like pine than the tree I just bought in a parking lot. ;)

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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woodbutcherbynight

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#14 posted 12-01-2015 03:00 AM

So this folds almost flat. Sweet design.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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MashMaster

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#15 posted 12-01-2015 03:05 AM



So this folds almost flat. Sweet design.

- woodbutcherbynight


yep folds flat for storage. If I where to design it, I would have made the base more substantial and removable to make the center rod more stable.

-- - Dave ; Austin, TX

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