For my three little grandsons...

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Project by lilredweldingrod posted 06-15-2010 04:52 AM 2445 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The ole Mojave sun ruined the plastic seats on these chairs. My fourteen year old grandson, Johnny was visiting from Northern California and informed me he had taken wood shop in school last year. So I challenged him to show me what he could do.
We took a cedar board that had collected way to much dust and cut it in half. I supervised him while he ran the boards through the planner. He then jointed two edges to glue for width. We glued and clamped them up and left them for the night.
This morning we ran the one board through the planer to remove a little unevenness and any glue stain. He then selected a 3/4 round over bit and I set up the router table for him. I ran the first one through and then watched him do the next two.
We finished with a hand sanding and two coats of Spar Polyethylene.
I thought he did an excellent job, I hope you do to. And best of all, we had all our fingers when we finished.

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#1 posted 06-15-2010 05:05 AM

those are great rand…the best part is you got to do something like this with your grandson…glad to see he showed up…...those will last for some time…good job…and great to visit with you today…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 06-15-2010 06:17 AM

Chairs look better than they did new :-)) Congrats on the fingers!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 06-15-2010 06:21 AM

Jonny it be good LOL

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 06-15-2010 06:47 AM

Very nicely done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 06-15-2010 07:17 AM

Well Johnny did a very nice job and I am sure you are a very proud grandpa.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 06-15-2010 08:19 AM

Look out old fella….there’s a new kid on the block and he’s good

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#7 posted 06-15-2010 09:10 AM

well done ,
and time together – priceless !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 06-15-2010 02:36 PM

some day I hope my grandson will be in the shop with me

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#9 posted 06-15-2010 02:54 PM

Yes, a new generation of woodworkers. The skills will not die. Well done Johnny. Thanks for posting. You’ve made my day.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#10 posted 06-15-2010 03:06 PM

wonderful! :) They turned out great, and how great that your grandson worked on it!!

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#11 posted 06-15-2010 03:08 PM

You gave your grandson something much better than some wooden seats! Im sure you know this already!!!

Great job grandpa :)

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#12 posted 06-15-2010 06:59 PM

Hey Rand,

Nice story. It’s good to hear.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 06-16-2010 12:22 AM

I’m impressed at your school system – here in the city we are lucky if the budget allows for PE – great lookin’ set of seats.

-- make it safe & keep the rubber side down.

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#14 posted 06-16-2010 01:25 AM

Nice work and Im sure good company.


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#15 posted 06-16-2010 02:46 AM

WW, Johnny goes to school on Travis Air Force base. The government always gives the active personnel better than the general public.
Talk about poor schooling, What is an open book test? When I was in school, we called that cheating. When I completed the eighth grade, I had more education than today’s seniors. Go figure. If this is evolution, I have a better word for it…..degeneration.
But I digress. I’m getting away from the enjoyment of this little project with Johnny. Now I need to get him involved with his sister’s box. We’ll see where this goes. Rand

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