LumberJocks in Training

  • Advertise with us
Project by TheDane posted 03-26-2010 12:00 AM 1973 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First … thanks and tip of The Dane’s hat to SteveInMarin. The design for this little project came from his video ( ).

My 2 grandsons (ages 8 and 10) came for a visit during their spring break, so we decided to build a little project together.

Grandpa did most of the stock prep and cutting before they arrived (time and safety concerns), but they did some of the assembly, and all of the sanding and finishing with just a little help. Their initials were routed into the seats using a MilesCraft SignCrafter. My V-Drum sander was built to sit on a tabletop, but when one of the operators is only 4 feet tall, you need to make some adjustments. After these pictures were taken, they applied an oil finish … now they’ll have something nice to sit on when they go ice fishing, to fireworks displays, etc. and they can truthfully say they made them themselves!

They are both good workers and terrific helpers around the shop … and future LumberJocks!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

11 comments so far

View Dennisgrosen's profile


10880 posts in 3116 days

#1 posted 03-26-2010 12:48 AM

when I saw you head line I thought you had
one off those hard camps like the rangers have …. LOL
great way of starting with some larger works
they can sit on they can use them all over
and thank´s for the remember of having
time for the kids
thank´s Dane


View donjoe's profile


1360 posts in 3031 days

#2 posted 03-26-2010 03:11 AM

Congrats. They did a wonderful job.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

View richgreer's profile


4541 posts in 3075 days

#3 posted 03-26-2010 03:08 PM

This is a great post – thank you for sharing.

I particularly like this style of stool. My in-laws have one and I took pictures and measurements the last time I was there.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

View TheDane's profile


5423 posts in 3663 days

#4 posted 03-26-2010 03:18 PM

Speaking of measurements, if anybody wants to build one:

All 3/4” stock

1 1/2” wide: 4 – 15 1/2” (legs) 4 – 9” (seat rail) 2 – 11” (bottom stretcher)

4 1/2” wide: 2 – 4 1/2” x 12”

15 1/2” and 9” all need a 5/8” hole (center 3/4” from edge) in one end

15 1/2” need second 5/8” hole 7 1/2” from end opposite 5/8” hole

Roundover ends with the 5/8” hole (both 15 1/2” and 9”)

Each 15 1/2” needs the end opposite the 5/8” hole cut at 31.5 degrees

5/8” Dowel Rods 1 – 9” 4 – 1 1/2”

Stretcher is mounted 3” from end.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

View jm82435's profile


1285 posts in 3743 days

#5 posted 03-26-2010 09:25 PM

Looks like a great time was had by all. I like the brands. I am sure these boys will remember and treasure this weekend with Grandpa forever.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

View Skillet's profile


67 posts in 3450 days

#6 posted 03-27-2010 02:05 PM

I think they will be proud of the job, but more proud of spending that time with you.

-- Skillet, Louisiana

View ldl's profile


1135 posts in 2366 days

#7 posted 03-18-2013 03:15 PM

Gerry I was looking through the old LJ projects and ran into this. I’m sure this was a great time had by you and the GB. Time spent this way is an investment for sure. I know I enjoy it when my GB come and we do things in the shop. I always say you better enjoy them while you can cause in a couple of weeks they’ll be grown.

With a little modification they would make good tv tables also.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

View TheDane's profile


5423 posts in 3663 days

#8 posted 03-18-2013 03:24 PM

Dewayne—Right on! The eldest boy is 13, and his brother is now 11. When these pictures were taken, we only got to see these kids a few times a year. Since we retired and moved, we see them a couple of times a week. Sure is nice.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

View JoeinGa's profile


7736 posts in 2007 days

#9 posted 03-18-2013 03:24 PM

I also just ran across this (prolly ‘cuz Dewayne’s post brought it to the top). But What I’m wondering is now that it’s been 3 years, do the boys still have the stools, and/or use them?
And did it inspire either of them to want to work with wood like Grandpa does?

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

View TheDane's profile


5423 posts in 3663 days

#10 posted 03-18-2013 03:34 PM

Joe … Yes, and yes. Last summer, the brought them over and used them while we were making smores over the fire pit in our backyard. The 13 year old has helped me (and his other grandpa) on a number of small projects, and is pretty good with hand tools. Hard to tell where it will go, but we’re here to cheer him on!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

View helluvawreck's profile


31105 posts in 2867 days

#11 posted 03-18-2013 04:21 PM

Way to go, Granddad. They look like they really enjoyed themselves.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics