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Project by dgom posted 01-03-2016 06:45 PM 464 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My seven years old daughter wanted to make a christmas present in the shop and I proposed that I help her make a snowman. That way I could introduce her to the lathe.

First she made a drawing so that we could decide what the final size should be. She used a compass to draw the three circle shaped parts of the body. Then we found a nice piece of firewood birch and chucked it in the lathe. Then I had a long talk about security and the danger with rotating parts etc. Then it was time to put on safety glasses, hearing protection, a protective coat. I helped her hold the turning tool and she roughly formed the shape of the snowman. I did the finishing touches and then she could sand the body. A high hat was also turned. Then it was time for painting which she managed herself. Then there was the idea of that the snowman should have a carrot as a nose so on to the lathe again. The hands were fabricated from some fresh birch branches drilled into the body. The black dots are small colored pieces of matchsticks that were glued into holes drilled into the body. The hat was attached with a dowel slightly slantwise.

My daugther very much liked the experience of turning at the lathe and she said that it would be nice to do it again.

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#1 posted 01-03-2016 11:59 PM

A great project with your daughter and I bet she keeps that snowman forever!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 01-06-2016 04:04 AM

I love it – well done. I made a snowman myself, but my daughter walks on 4 legs and has a tail, and has no thumbs to use the lathe with (no kids, just dogs!). She did enjoy lying in the shavings! That’s great you could get your daughter into the woodshop – a great dad and woodworker!

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#3 posted 01-16-2016 01:05 PM

Awesome work!Hope she decides to come back for more. Love it when my daughter joins me in the shop. She too loves to work at the lathe. I will have to show her this as she mostly does pens and such.


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

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#4 posted 01-16-2016 01:12 PM

It really turned out nicely. Congratulations to you and your daughter and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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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